Tag Archives: freeform pattern analysis

Classic 216 Bypassed and Only Extreme 132 Demoted


This post adds another bypass solving to the review of James Forest’s Classic Sudoku, Classic 216. Then a report on an update of the 10/24/17 post on Castillo’s Only Extreme 132, in which a hard, but indecisive not-both trial leads … Continue reading

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The Insane 455 Pink/Olive Pattern Trial


This post reports on the updated KrazyDad Insane still at its posted date of August 20, 2013, but now updated to continue the introduction of pattern slicing, or pink/olive pattern analysis, by showing how it leads to decisive trials when … Continue reading

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LPO Knocks Out World’s Hardest 36


A challenge posed by The Worlds Hardest Sudoku Book 36: Is there a route to the solution less advanced than pattern analysis? The puzzle is otherwise distinguished by a BARN right out of line marking, and a notable lack of … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Over-Titled Sudoku Book


This post starts the review of World’s Hardest Sudoku Book, tracing Very Hard 25, the only one rated a 1.00. The review will cover the highest rated 10, taking the rating down to 0.90. The lowest of the 200 is … 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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Only Extreme 132 Is Cut From the Extreme Team


Another example of expansion of a limited coloring network via the not-both test on an AIC slink. It’s an extreme tactic that need only be tried as a last resort. While the expansion does work in OnEx 132, it is … Continue reading

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