Killer Butterfly

I don’t know if there is a species that go under that name and if there are, my apologies to them. Another world premiere Sudoku variation puzzle – Butterfly Killer Sudoku. Thanks to one of our regular visitors udosuk for suggesting this concept – this should encourage you to suggest a layout for overlapping puzzles and I’ll attempt to create them. Back to the puzzle – there are 4 “classic” 9×9 Sudoku puzzles inside this one. They all overlap and they all must be solved according to the rules of Sudoku. You can use Twin Nonets solving technique for this one!
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Solution – first step
Solution – final By the way, I also posted a “Diagonal Butterfly Sudoku X” on the Daily Sudoku variants page – it’s the same layout as this one, but it’s not a Killer. Have fun!
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4 Comments

  1. udosuk
    Posted January 17, 2006 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Holy… Must I say djape you’re a god in the killer sudoku world! (Isn’t it a god’s job to create different creatures?) And didn’t you deliberately split the grid into 4 6×6 regions to resemble the 4 wings of a butterfly!?

    Can’t wait to try it out!

  2. Oppie
    Posted January 17, 2006 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    DJApe…I think you have reached the summit with this puzzle. I have been a huge fan of your Killer puzzles for a long time now and have grown tired of normal sudoku’s. I also do not like the overlapping sudoku’s since they do not make it that much more stimulating other than taking a long time. But I grown to love the Butterfly overlap since it adds a unique twist to the puzzle. You have combined the best two now to make the Killer Butterfly which is the ultimate (other than a Killer Butterfly X maybe).

    Took me about 30-40 minutes to finish. I am looking forward to an insane level KB!

  3. Steve C
    Posted January 17, 2006 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    djape – fantastic. What a great killer. Not sure if I want to suggest this, but the next logical step is surely a Killer Butterfly Samurai!! Over to you, god.

  4. udosuk
    Posted January 19, 2006 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Finished it without too much trouble, but must say I enjoyed it immensely! BTW I think the 20-clue Butterfly X was much much more challenging, probably due to the X-factor! When I solved it I spent a lot more time than this one and noticed a lot of new techniques that’s unique to the butterfly-X structure… like eliminating 1 candidate in a cell at the top-left corner can could determine another cell in the bottom right nonet! Wicked!

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