Category Archives: Extreme Solving

Extraordinary techniques deferred past advanced ones, because of effort vs. likelihood of success.

KD Insane 4×5 Caps the Review


KrazyDad Insane v.4, b.10, n.5, the last of the Insane review of 2013 is updated, with findings by Andrew Stuarts Sudokuwiki solver and YT. The solver gives us one of Andrew’s Type 2b UR, an ALS boomerang ANL, and something … Continue reading

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A Pink Pattern Trial on Insane 495


LPO is delayed one post in the Sudokuwiki aided update of the KD Insane review, because two more effective methods are highlighted in KD Insane 495 of 10/08/13. A second ALS boomerang turns up, and after a similar pattern analysis … Continue reading

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Insane 475 by Sudokuwiki and SASdC


In the updated review of the KrazyDad collection of puzzles, Andrew Stuart’s Sudokuwiki solver is a backup on advanced solving, except in irregular XYZ, coloring, pattern analysis, and trials. Prior to the update on Sysudoku review of Insane 475 in … Continue reading

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The Especially Nice Loop of KD Insane 465


This post reports several features of an update of the post that introduced nice loop coloring. The illustrating nice loop was in itself remarkable. As shown already from books 1 through 5, KrazyDad’s hardest, the Insane collection, is hard enough … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Solver Tames Worlds 200


This post walks through the “very  hard” part of the solution path taken by  Andrew Stuart’s Solver through puzzle 200 of The World’s Hardest Sudoku Book by authors unknown. This is a remarkable turn of events for a blog devoted … Continue reading

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Colorful Trials for Bean’s Extremely Hard v.10


This post calls on pattern directed coloring trials to solve IV-24, a puzzle in Rebecca Bean’s Extremely Hard, vol. 10. This one that seems to defy almost all advanced methods, and therefore, to deserve the rank of “extreme”. This also … Continue reading

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A Coloring Trial for Only Extreme 347


Here a Manuel Castillo Sudoku sends me directly to last resort city.  Although the bv field eludes productive XY-chains or AIC, coloring is decisive enough to solve 347 in a single trial. Your first view of the grid comes with … Continue reading

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