Category Archives: Puzzle Reviews

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

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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A funster Extreme 116 Labor Day Special


An effective bypass, and a simple uniqueness rectangle, and three choices to close down funster Extreme 116 early. Charles Timmerman’s funster Extreme collection is less than  extreme, but a good introduction to advanced solving methods. The basic work is easy, … Continue reading

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Funster Extreme 102 Goes BOGO


Barely escaping the bypass, funster Extreme 102 offers a thematic example as inference chain seeing nets an extra victim for the collapse. Close to a bypass victim, Extreme 102 finishes basic quietly. On the line marked grid grid is a … Continue reading

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A Timely Finned Fish in funster Extreme 88


Continuing the review of Charles Timmerman’s funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku, with Extreme 88. The basic compensates for a modest  bypass with a favorable line marking. A naked single early and a finned 2-wing late. Finned fish is a topic … Continue reading

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