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Sudoku Troubleshooter #4 – XYZ-Wing

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Troubleshooter #4: XYZ-Wing This is part of a series on puzzle solving techniques. If you are stuck on a particular Krazydad puzzle, drop me a note, and I’ll use this space to help you out. Michael wrote in an email: Dad, Good morning and an early happy thanksgiving. I really enjoy your puzzles and I […]

Sudoku Troubleshooter #3 – X-Wing

Monday, August 29th, 2011

This is part of a series on puzzle solving techniques. If you are stuck on a particular Krazydad puzzle, drop me a note, and I’ll use this space to help you out. This is a tough puzzle, book 7, puzzle 7. It was submitted by Stephen, who got stuck after solving 4 numbers, like so: […]

Sudoku Troubleshooter #2 – XY-Wing

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This is part of a series on puzzle solving techniques. If you are stuck on a particular Krazydad puzzle, drop me a note, and I’ll use this space to help you out. This puzzle is also from Margaret, who got stuck on a Tough puzzle (Tough #4 from book 40). If you’d like to try […]

Sudoku Troubleshooter #1 – Row/Column/Block

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Occasionally, I get mail from fans of the site who need help with a puzzle. I’ve decided to devote the next few blog entries to puzzle solving techniques. If you want help with a particular Krazydad puzzle (especially puzzles that are easier than “Super Tough”), drop me a note, and I’ll troubleshoot your problem too! […]

An Index of Sudoku Strategies

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Sudoku is a game of pure logical deduction, just like Kakuro and other Japanese number puzzles. Unlike games of luck such as card and bingo games, guessing is never required. I’ve now learned a number of methods for solving tough Sudoku puzzles by hand, including X-Wing, Swordfish, Jellyfish, Squirmbag, Turbot-fish, XY-Wing, XYZ-Wing, Conjugate Pairs, Bowman […]