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Sudoku strategies begin with knowing where to start, what to look for, and applying logic. Read about my strategies and then share yours.
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Where To Start
Many beginners, when faced with a Sudoku puzzle, often wonder where do I start? I usually begin by methodically
scanning the puzzle
for each number, one through nine.
When I see multiple givens of the same number, I then slice and dice and see how many cells I can solve. This is a good way to find single possibilities for a given cell.
Sometimes I may not be able to solve a cell because there are two possible locations in a row or column. I can use these two cells to eliminate any candidates in the same row or column that have the same number.
Other times I use a pair of numbers in the same row or column in conjunction with givens in other rows, columns, or regions, to place candidates in another 3x3 region. This way I am effectively removing possible candidates without ever writing them in.
What To Look For
After penciling in candidates in a row, column, or region, I begin looking for patterns beginning with the easier ones and then progressing to the harder ones.
I first look for pairs or triples of candidates. Then I progress to harder patterns such as X-Wing, Swordfish, XY-Wing and so forth.
After spotting a pattern, then I use a little logic to help me solve the Sudoku puzzle. This gets fun when you can use logic to break a chain or eliminate candidates from cells.
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The Intersecting Value
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Rule of Two
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In the cell I put a dot for 1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
The Numbers In Order
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Easy Two Number Referencing
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Forbidden Double X-wing
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The Ninth Number Of The Grid
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Solving Sudoku Puzzles
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My Visual Sudoku Strategy
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