Please enjoy these puzzles for this month, ranging from easy to challenging.
We start with a Sudoku puzzle in progress, where it appears that there are no more obvious or not-so-obvious clues. Can you find the hidden clue in Puzzle #173?
(The answer follows the conclusion of Puzzle #176, the feature puzzle for this month)
Simply a Logic Puzzle
Difficult rating … 3/10
(Rating based on puzzles not requiring advanced techniques)
Impossible to solve?
Impossible? No. Difficult? Extremely. Puzzle #175 will be challenge for you. Advanced Techniques (Steps 6 and/or 7) are required. Difficult rating 9.5/10.
Difficult rating … 8/10
(Rating based on puzzles requiring advanced techniques)
Prior to utilizing techniques 1-8, complete the 5 Steps of Puzzle Preparation …
- FILL IN DATA FROM OBSERVATIONS
- FILL IN OBVIOUS ANSWERS
- FILL IN NOT-SO-OBVIOUS ANSWERS
- MARK UNSOLVED CELLS WITH OPTIONS THAT CANNOT EXIST IN THOSE CELLS
- FILL IN THE OPTIONS FOR THE UNSOLVED CELLS
May the gentle winds of Sudoku be at your back,
Note: Clue for Puzzle #173 … What are your next two moves?
C1R2=2, then C1R8=6.
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Recently someone wrote to ask how to fill them out online. Unfortunately, you need to print them yourself, but that is easy to do and I know you will have just as much fun. Also you can use a grid sheet and copy numbers onto the grid.
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