Category Archives: Solving tips

Instructions on how to solve Sudoku and other puzzles. Detailed solving tips and techniques for various kinds of puzzles, including Sudoku variants.

How to solve Diagonal Sudoku X

I realize that I’ve never posted two sudoku solving techniques which are specific to Diagonal Sudoku puzzles. Tweet Here they are. Diagonal and nonet interaction This one is a simple extension of the “row/column and nonet interaction technique”. Just look at this sample puzzle which has been solved using the standard techniques up to this […]

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How to solve Hitori: basic techniques

Solving Hitori puzzles is about recognizing patterns. I will show you some examples of those patterns. They can be split into two groups, one of those that depend solely on the initial positioning of numbers, and another group of patterns that depend on the black and white cells which have been painted in the solving […]

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How to solve Hidoku: “cornering” (or “dead-end”)

Here is an explanation of a Hidato solving technique that some people might find obvious and they use it without even thinking of it as a special technique. But, for those who still struggle with the more difficult puzzles, here is a quick guide of the technique that I call “cornering“. It can be used […]

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CalcuDoku, Killer Sudoku and Kakuro calculator!

Some of you may have already started playing “the new Sudoku” puzzles that appear in The Times (UK). We call them CalcuDoku or “Square Wisdom“. It’s an interesting concept, quite similar to Killer Sudoku, but with all four basic arithmetic operations involved. Another change is that repeats within a cage are allowed if possible. To […]

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The Law of Leftovers (LOL)

I promised to explain this technique, which applies to Jigsaw Sudoku (aka irregular blocks) puzzles, a while ago, so it’s time to keep the promise. You can find the same technique explained on various other sites, too. This technique is somewhat similar to innies/outies which is used for solving Killer Sudoku puzzles, but there is […]

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Swordfish

A while ago I explained the X-Wing solving technique. Recently I shown my explanation of other basic, Classic Sudoku solving techniques. The only remaining solving method that I don’t consider trial and error is Swordfish. So, to complete the list of Sudoku solving tips, here is an example of a Sudoku puzzle that can be […]

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Classic Sudoku Solving Techniques

It’s about time I finally explained the basic (and most common) Sudoku solving techniques. Most of you are already familiar with these, but for those who aren’t – I’d like to show my explanation. These techniques are used in ALL sudoku puzzles – Classic, Killer, Samurai and others. Make sure you fully understand them before […]

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