Category Archives: Puzzle Reviews

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

Two more Basic FTSPAH, 64 and 164


FTSPAH 64 exits in the bypass, and illustrates several bypass tactics that avoid the curse – invoking frustration that the  composers of FTSPAH puzzles claim on their cover. Its post partner 164 illustrates more bypass moves and survives for a … Continue reading

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FTSPAH 104 and 144


The review of the unspeakable FTSPAH continues with two more puzzles selected arithmetically. The basic trace of FTSPAH 104 is Sysudoku Basic at its best. A near collapse in the bypass is extended by a deferred hidden dublex, which 104 … Continue reading

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Systematic FTSPAH 44 and 84


This post demonstrates two more FTSPAH unlikely to frustrate anyone following the Sysudoku order of battle. FTSPAH 44 begins with an unusually large number of givens, which generates a correspondingly large number of 3-fills. In fact, the givens offer both … Continue reading

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The FTSPAH Review Begins With a Tour


Here I report on 4 and 24, the first two of 10 puzzles selected for the Sysudoku review of the FTSPAH puzzle book. Starting grids were displayed at the end of last week’s post.   I also explain a few things … Continue reading

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Another Dave Green Sysudoku Basic Workout


This post details  another Sunday Dave Green 5-star coming ever so close to breaking the limit that Dave seems to impose on his Sunday puzzles. It appeared in the 9/15/2019 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal. My grid is unimpressed … Continue reading

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Master Class 120 Completes the Update


This post concludes the review update of Tom Sheldon’s Master Class Sudoku and offers an amended review table. The bypass on Master Class 120 is strong enough to keep line marking fill strings short. There are two naked singles, one … Continue reading

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PencilPress 81 and Master Class 110


This post concludes the review of PencilPress’ 500+ Sudoku Extreme Puzzles, and adds another puzzle to the review update of Tom Sheldon’s Master Class Sudoku. T The final score was PencilPress Extreme 0, Sysudoku Bypass 10. If “Extreme” means requiring … Continue reading

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