Category Archives: Puzzle Reviews

Reviews of preselected puzzles from published collections. Summary review table, and highlight analysis.

A Hidden Single Dispatches Beware 165


This post continues a review of Will Shortz’ Hard Sudoku, v.1. with the sixth of ten pre-selected puzzles. Each one is resolved at the basic level. The detailed review requires time and patience,   but its value is the detailed examples … Continue reading

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Be Especially Aware 155


This post demonstrates how, in line marking, the partially line marked grid invites the error of using  an incompletely marked cell as a completely marked one. Every Beware in this review of Will Shortz’ Hard Sudoku v.1 highlights a different … Continue reading

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It’s the Bypass In Hard Sudoku v1 145


I had Will Shortz’Hard Sudoku v.1 145 collapsing in box marking, showing that every phase of Sysudoku Basic is actively solving, not just accumulating candidates for advanced methods later. But in process of writing this up, I discovered that the … Continue reading

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Three Basic Phases on Beware 135


An easy basic workout, with help from 3-fills, a hidden single, many naked pairs, and a hidden dublex in Beware 135, the fourth in the review of Will Shortz’ Hard Sudoku, v.1. And two suggestions for Sysudoku readers. The basic … Continue reading

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Hard Beware 125 Bypass


This post continues the review of 10 pre-selected Beware! Very Challenging puzzles from Will Shortz’ volume 1 of Hard Sudoku, with Beware 125. The review is a Sysudoku Basic Clinic, all being solved before candidates are completed and advanced methods … Continue reading

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Chute Filling Beware 115


The second selection for the review of Will Shortz’ Hard Sudoku v.1 is Beware! Very Challenging 115. After a checkpoint on the Sysudoku Basic solution path, there is a brief report on the Guide’s Pattern Analysis page, now published in … Continue reading

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Funster Extreme 130 Falls in Line Marking


The funster Extreme collection review closes here, with the early departure of the last pre-selected puzzle, Extreme 130. Charles Timmerman’s funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku includes 134 Hard, 134 Very Hard and 134 Extreme puzzles. Here is the Sysudoku review … Continue reading

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