Tag Archives: pencil marks

Carol Vorderman’s Super Difficults


This post considers Carol Vorderman’s “difficult” collection as a practice field for the Sysudoku bypass. Carol’s tips for solving are described, and sysudokie homework on the walkthough “difficult” example is checkpointed. The review of Master Sudoku is concluded with Vorderman … Continue reading

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Gould’s Not So Fiendish


This post begins a review of Wayne Gould’s Fiendish collection in his Train Your Brain Su Doku. The review is an opportunity to take up an important issue in basic solving, the use of pencil marks. For the ten preselected … 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 2012 Akron Sudoku Tournament


I have to interrupt my review of forcing chains to celebrate the hugely successful, first time Sudoku tournament put on by my hometown Akron-Summit County Library.  Upwards of 50 solvers enjoyed three 20 minute rounds, followed by an exhibition of … Continue reading

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Box/Line Reduction


In a box/line reduction, or “box/line” for short, a line’s candidates for a number are restricted to one box. That makes these candidates a toxic set, since one of them must be supplied to the line.  We can remove other … Continue reading

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Slink Marking


This post is about the slink marking, the Sysudoku method of pencil marking.  It explains why this form is far more useful than the keypad system seen in of most Sudoku publications.  This fact is demonstrated here with a historically … Continue reading

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