Tag Archives: AIC nice loop

FTSPAH 124 and 184 Close the Review


The FTSPAH review ends with a puzzle that might indeed frustrate experienced solvers, number 184.  It appears to require AIC building.  After the details, this post ends with a bypass trace of 124 which begins with three line 3-fills, and … Continue reading

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Sudokuwiki Solves Only Extreme 347 by AIC


In the original Only Extreme review, OnEx 347 was an example of a coloring trial on a limited cluster generated by pattern analysis. In this update, Andrew Stuart’s solver demonstrates a solving path to a final coloring without trials, via … Continue reading

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Cluster Extension by Not-Both Trials


In this post and the next, the first puzzle of the Manuel Castillo Only Extreme Sudoku review, Only Extreme 3,  is taken ahead of the review of his Only Hard Sudoku. The reason is in the title. Rounding out the … Continue reading

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Cycling Blindfolded with the Guide


This post calls out Gordon Guide misguidance related to coloring, slink chains and the XY chain. AIC fundamentals are omitted in favor of ineffectual strategy and renaming of well known AIC formations. First, lets checkpoint the basic solving of the … Continue reading

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Packing for the Golden Nugget Exocet Assault


This post completes exocet removal testing, finding an unexpected consistency over the solution combinations.  These results are so telling, that we prepare for a sysudoku assault of the Golden Nugget. We bring up a partnering brigade of 30 2-patterns, in … Continue reading

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Nugget’s Exocet


This post examines the exocet attributed to Allen Barker and enthusiastically vetted by New Players forum, as applied to the opening elimination in the Golden Nugget.  This example suggests a more direct definition for the exocet , and introduces a … Continue reading

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Nice Loop Coloring of Insane 465


This post introduces nice loop coloring, with a very special nice loop. Pattern slicing has a cameo role. The solution comes in a color trial suggested by  nice loop extensions. Stingiest on the bypass, 465 gives no more clues in … Continue reading

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