Tag Archives: Hodoku

Simplifying Hodoku AIC


This post examines the AIC examples from the Discontinuous Nice Loop section of Hodoku Chain and Loop techniques page. Hodoku claims to demonstrate a new type of elimination technique based on AIC loops, called AIC Discontinuous Type 2. AIC ANL … Continue reading

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Hodoku Nice Loop Mythology


This post dismisses the Stephens/Hobiger theory of cell links, propogation rules, and loop closing rules as unnecessary and overcomplicated. It uses the first two Hodoku AIC ANL examples to demonstrate the alternative Sysudoku chain construction process. As a blogger, one … Continue reading

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Hodoku X-chains on the X-panel


On this post, X-panel chain analysis is illustrated on a Hodoku example. Hobiger’s coverage of X-chains is shallow on fundamentals and distracted with named X-chains. Several X-chain highlights of the blog are recalled. Hodoku starts the chain types with X-chains. … Continue reading

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Hodoku XY-Chains


As we explore Hodoku Chains and Loops (tech-chains.php) examples, here I contrast the premise starting, chain following school of Stephens/Hodoku, with the Sysudoku find-em-all technique of XY-rails. Also, a mathematically sensible order is suggested for remote pairs, as a Hodoku … Continue reading

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Hodoku Chain Building


This post endorses Hodoku’s explanation of strong and weak links, regretfully confined to chains. His discussions of grouping and ALS nodes are supplemented for completeness. Hodoku graphic representation of chains by cell shading and candidate coloring is seen to be … Continue reading

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Decoding Hodoku Chain Notes


This post comments on the first part of the Hodoku “Chains and Loops” page. It reveals the premise dependent view of chains to be based on computer coding, and unsuited for human solving advice. It explains Hodoku’s chain notations as … Continue reading

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Hodoku’s Limited XYZ Wings


In this post reviewing the Hodoku Wings page linked under Techniques, we see how an expert programmer can go wrong in explaining how to recognize where a technique applies and why it works . The omission of irregular wings is … Continue reading

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Hodoku Sue de Coq in 2015


This post reveals the Hodoku view of Sue de Coq, reflecting an earlier expert consensus, to be dated. His classic examples are good, but the examples of Hodoku’s “Extended Variation” of Sue de Coq are better interpreted as simply the … Continue reading

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Hodoku Unique Rectangles


This post lists the Hodoku UR techniques in a convenient reference sheet, and illustrates many of the examples in a more explicit Sysudoku format. I review Sysudoku principles for UR exploitation, and call attention to the Hodoku omission of forcing … Continue reading

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An Unusual Review


This begins a review of the advanced techniques of Hodoku, Bernhard Hobiger’s puzzle generator and solver, as described on the Hodoku site’s Techniques page. The post describes the Hodoku program and the special nature of this review. Hodoku is primarily … Continue reading

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