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06/Jan/19 12:57 AM
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Basics to UP = 23
1. Kraken box (1)d89|e8|f9 => -1d4 ; UP = 24
|| (1)d89
|| (1-2)e8 = e2 - (2=61)d13
|| (1-4)f9 = HP(42)ad9 - (2=61)d13
2. (4)a9 = f9 - (4=12)fa6 => -2a9 ; UP = 81
06/Jan/19 1:38 AM
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Basics to 23
1. (78=4))ef7-f9=(4-2)a9=d9-(216=7)d134 =>-7d89; basics to 24
2. (2=1)a6-(1=4)f6-f9=(4)a9 =>-2a9; basics to 81

or in one step
1. kraken cell (146)f6 =>-2a9; basics to 81
06/Jan/19 1:39 AM
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Basics to 23
1. if e8=2 => a9=2 a6=1 f9=4 ef7=78 d89=19 d4=7
f6=1=a6 => e2=2 solve
06/Jan/19 3:14 AM
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i'm rusty.
SE 8.4
basics to 23
1. kraken column (1)f1269 -> -1e3; singles to 24
( 1)f12
2. (7=1)d4-(1=26)d13-(2)d9=(2-4)a9=f9-(4=7)e7 -> -7d89; singles to 25.
3. (2=1)a6-(1=4)f6-f9=a9 -> -2a9; singles to 81
06/Jan/19 4:45 AM
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Does this puzzle have fewer numbers given, or does the arrangement just make it look that way?
06/Jan/19 6:19 AM
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May well be fewer, since the solvers come up with just 23 after basics.

Give that kid some elbow macaroni!
06/Jan/19 6:29 AM
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Mmm! Couscous!
06/Jan/19 7:54 AM
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Hi Sarah,
I have checked tough puzzles of the last week. They all have 22 givens or 23 givens (23 when the center e5 is a given)
The today's puzzle is not minimal, i.e. all givens are not needed for a unique solution (6f4 could be omitted). I have not checked minimality of older More...
06/Jan/19 8:49 AM
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