The
Tough Sudoku of September 2, 2009 contains yet another excellent example of the power of using Quantums.
Unlike the previous example, this one does not utilyze uniqueness. However, it was during a search for uniqueness quantums that I found the step. Below,
I have only sparsely illustrated the proof for this puzzle. The main intent of this post is to further investigate the sudoku tip, trick or technique of
using quantum sets.
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find a list of links that may be pertinent to this particular puzzle.
The Puzzle
Above, find the puzzle with the possibilities, or pencil marks, already filled in. One way to
proceed from here:
- 1) Start 22 UP 23: (6)c1 % column & box (hidden single).
- 2)(NakedTriple258)abc4 => a6,bc5,efi4≠258
Some more easy steps
Some more easy steps are available here. The following are sufficient for this solution:
- 3a) (LockedCandidate8)h78 => g7≠8
- 3b) (NT134)gi7,h9 => g9,h78,i89≠134
- 3c&d)(LC14)e789 => e1234≠14
- 3e&f) (TwoStringKites1&3):if4,d51 => i1≠13
- 3g) (LC7)b12 => b8≠7
Although there remain some more relatively easy steps, the following quantum step is available, and
it serves, imo, to significantly uncomplicate the puzzle.
Almost Quantum Naked Triple 147
Below, find a precursor to the actual step.
Above, three apparently disparite items can be considered as one possibility. HP is shorthand
for Hidden Pair:
- (HP17)b12 = (1)b3
- Meaning at least one of (1)b3, (HP17)b12 are true
- (HP14)f23 = (1)f4
- (QuantumNakedTriple147)bfg2.b1.f3 = [(1)b3 = (1)f4]
In short, because of the almost Hidden pairs at b12, f23 and the contents of cell g2, at least one of the following
three items must be true:[(QNT147)bfg2, (1)b3, (1)f4].
This, by itself, does not eliminate anything. However, just a small amount of additional information is required.
Almost Two String Kite with candidate (1)
Above, but for the possibility of (1) at f3, we would have the following Two String Kite with
candidate 1:
Since this Almost Kite and the Almost Quantum Naked Triple share a target, we can now easily write:
- 3h) (QNT147)bfg2.b1.f3 = (1)b3f4 - (1)f3 = (Kite1)hd5,f42
- => h2 ≠1
Although this elimination seems rather tame, imo, it does unlock this puzzle significantly.
Below, find a path that finishes this puzzle:
- 3i) (NP45)h26 => h9≠4
- 3j) (LC4)gi7 => ace7≠4
- 3k) (4)h2 = (4)h6 - (4=6)g6 - (6=7)g9 - (7)g12 = (7)i1 => i1≠4
- 3l) (7)c8 = (7)i8 - (7=5)i1 - (5=3)e1 - (3=1)d1 - (1)d5 = (1)h5 - (1)h9 = (1-4)e9 = (4)e8 => c8≠4 , UP 56
- 4) (NP57)bi1 => aeg1≠57, UP 81
Solution
The following spectrum of difficulty applies to the path published above:
- Sets: a total of 34 sis considered in all the steps
- Maximum Depth: 7 at step 3l.
- Non ssts steps: 3 - steps 3h, 3k, 3l