Tag Archives: Paul Stephens

Stephens’ Extremes Snaps III


This post finishes the  snapshots of significant solving events from Extreme review puzzles found in Paul Stephens’ books Mastering Sudoku Week by Week, and Sudoku Addict Workbook.   In the last post, we left Addicts 138 with removals you could follow … Continue reading

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Stephens’ Extremes Snaps II


Here we continue with snapshots from the review puzzles from Stephens’ The Sudoku Addict’s Workbook.  The review covers 10 of 40 “Extreme” puzzles in this and Paul’s Mastering Sudoku Week by Week. The Extreme collection is highly recommended, even if … Continue reading

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The ANL Test


A review of Paul Stephens’ books continues here with my discovery that his Nishio procedure,  when properly applied,  can be a practical X-panel analysis technique to uncover obscure grouped almost nice loops (ANL).  I propose calling it “the ANL test”. … Continue reading

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To Nishio or Not to Nishio


This post examines Paul  Stephens’ favored form of Nishio, from his two current books on advanced Sudoku solving.  The analysis of the Addicts 140 determines the relationship between Stephens’Nishio and a simple test for grouped almost nice eliminating loops on … Continue reading

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Stephens in the Library with a Laptop


This post continues with differences between sysudoku advanced solving and the Paul Stephens “extreme” order of battle.  In particular, the power of full Medusa coloring compared to Stephens’ limited multi-colouring. Let’s begin with a checkpoint for solve-along sysudokie readers.  In … Continue reading

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Extreme Stephens


This post completes my analysis of Paul Stephens advanced solving instruction in his current books, covering his “extreme” sections. Paul’s descriptions and examples are evaluated from the sysudoku perspective. Let’s start with another look at Paul’s preview for his Week … Continue reading

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A Bv Scan of Week 48


Here we checkpoint the sysudoku bv scan on the blog homework puzzle, Week 48 in Paul Stephens’ Mastering Sudoku Week By Week.  The scan includes Sue de Coq and APE, two techniques ignored by Stephens’ books, and two techniques, XYZ-wings … Continue reading

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Advanced Stephens


The review  reports how much of the Sysudoku Order of Battle Paul Stephens covers , and evaluates the explanations of advanced techniques in his two currently available books, Mastering Sudoku Week by Week, and Sudoku Addict’s Workbook.  This post is about … Continue reading

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Starting With Stephens


This begins a review of Paul Stephens’ solving recommendations and puzzles.  The review is based on Paul’s currently offered books,  Mastering Sudoku Week by Week, subtitled “52 steps to becoming a Sudoku wizard” , and his The Sudoku Addict’s Handbook. … Continue reading

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The Remote Pair – A Special XY-Chain


The remote pair comes your way with a blinking road sign. It is an XY-chain in which every bv along the chain contains the same two candidates, X and Y. The X and Y in the end cells are toxic. … Continue reading

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