Tag Archives: Tom Sheldon

PencilPress 33 and Master Class 40


Another test of your Sysudoku Basic, and another witness that the PencilPress Extreme collection is basic level. On the other hand, that doesn’t make it dull. The bypass is actually a worthy challenge, but you have to experience it to … Continue reading

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Snapshots from Sheldon’s Master Class


Here are some images from the Master Class review puzzles that illustrate Systematic Sudoku solving in action.  I deemed the collection strong in basic solving, with very limited excursions into advanced techniques. First is the #40 grid at the close … Continue reading

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Tom Sheldon on Sudoku Solving


Happy Mardi Gras! Here are the notes l took in Tom Sheldon’s Master Class.  I don’t like to start without pictures, so I’ll checkpoint the line marking of Master Class # 70 first. The 2D trace trails off after a … Continue reading

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Grading the Master Class


Tom Sheldon deserves a lot of credit, or blame if you prefer,  for introducing me to serious Sudoku solving.  I pored over the instruction section of his puzzle book, Sudoku Master Class, intrigued by the very idea of a master … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Avoidable Rectangle


In The Logic of Sudoku, Andrew Stuart introduces a UR method in which corners on one side are known values, i.e. clues, and remaining candidates are prevented from forming a deadly rectangle with these clues.  This is his Avoidable Rectangle. … Continue reading

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