# Sudoku Puzzles, #201, #202, #203 & #204

### By: Dan LeKander

Volume 19, Issue 6, June 2024

Can you imagine!  We are now in the #200s.  #201, #202, #203 & #204!  That means that those of us who have (or haven't) solved the puzzles can take a big Bow...   Thanks Dan for all you have done and continue to do for us.  We all appreciate it.

### Note:  PUZZLE PREPARATION

Prior to utilizing techniques 1-8, complete the 5 Steps of Puzzle Preparation …

1. FILL IN DATA FROM OBSERVATIONS
4. MARK UNSOLVED CELLS WITH OPTIONS THAT CANNOT EXIST IN THOSE CELLS
5. FILL IN THE OPTIONS FOR THE UNSOLVED CELLS

### Clueless?

Clueless?
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 #201?

(The answer follows the conclusion of Puzzle #204, the feature puzzle for this month)

### Simply a Logic Puzzle

Difficult rating … 4/10
(Rating based on puzzles not requiring advanced techniques)

### Impossible to solve?

Impossible?  No.  Difficult?  Extremely.   Puzzle #203 may be a challenge for you.  Advanced Techniques (Steps 6 and/or 7) are required.  Difficult rating 7.5/10.

### Feature Puzzle

Difficult rating … 2/10
(Rating based on puzzles requiring advanced techniques)

(hint … If you need a refresher on Step 6, please click the April 2023 issue)

May the gentle winds of Sudoku be at your back,

By Dan LeKander

Clue for Puzzle #201 What is your next move?

Let us focus on row 6.  We can clearly see that C3R6 can not have options 3 & 4.   The same applies to C5R6 & C7R6; therefore, there are only two remaining unsolved cells in row 6 that can have options 3 & 4, which are C2R6 & C8R6.  This leaves only one unsolved cell in row 6 that can be a 1, which is C3R6.  C3R6=1.

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Editor’s Note:  Dan would like to hear more from his readers regarding questions, comments, and suggestions.  To confidentially reach Dan, please e-mail him at this address … info@thousandislandslife.com. And for fun... go to the first June puzzle article.  June 1016.  Can you solve them?

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.

And, if you have not already done so, we suggest you purchase Dan’s book: “3 Advanced Sudoku Techniques, That Will Change Your Game Forever!” Purchase of a book includes a 50-page blank grid pad, 33 black and two green tokens. The book is available by contacting info@thousandislandslife.com.

### Past Issues

Dan recommends the following Steps to complete the puzzles.

Step 1:  Sudoku Pairs, Triplets and Quads – See September 2015
Step 2:  Turbos & Interaction – See October 2015
Step 3:  Sudoku Gordonian Rectangles and Polygons – See November 2015
Step 4:  XY-Wings & XYZ Wings – See December 2015
Step 5:  X-Wings – See January 2016

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