Sudoku cross-hatching, or solving sections, is where you look at a single box with respect to two other boxes. You search for a specific number and see if that number will fit anywhere within the section you are looking at.

To the left and the right, we can see two number 5s (circled in red) which means that the number 5 must be in the upper right space of the top center square (marked in blue). Now there are only two spaces left, for number 3 and 4.

Sudoku keeps your brain active and reduces the risk of Alzheimer's, a most common cause of dementia that affects a person's thinking and behavioural skills. Stimulates your mind: The game works on your logical thinking process as you are absorbed in solving a puzzle and eventually improve your number skills.

Lesson 7. Learn sudoku. The cross /meet technique.

How can you tell a swordfish in Sudoku?

A Swordfish is a 3 by 3 nine-cell pattern where a candidate is found on three different rows (or three columns) and they line up in the opposite direction.

A well-formed Sudoku puzzle is one that has a unique solution. A Sudoku puzzle can have more than one solution, but in this case the kind of logical reasoning we described while discussing solving strategies may fall short.

The easiest way starting a Sudoku puzzle is to scan rows and columns within each triple-box area, eliminating numbers or squares and finding situations where only a single number can fit into a single square. The scanning technique is fast and usually sufficient to solve easy puzzles all the way to the end.

The diagonal pattern can be found with only two numbers in a box. This pattern can help locate twins. If twins are found it can help find other numbers. There can be more than two numbers in a box that has the diagonal pattern but only two numbers are needed for the diagonal pattern to exist.

"Hidden triples" applies when three cells in a row, column, or 3x3 block contain the same three Notes. These three cells also contain other candidates, which may be removed from them. It will be easier to understand this technique if you look at the example. Take a look at the highlighted cells.

It can be incredibly challenging to solve a Sudoku puzzle. That's what makes it fun. It is believed that the average Sudoku player spends approximately 20 minutes solving a typical Sudoku puzzle. For very hard puzzles, that number can be much higher.

Rule 1 - Each row must contain the numbers from 1 to 9, without repetitions. The player must focus on filling each row of the grid while ensuring there are no duplicated numbers. The placement order of the digits is irrelevant. Every puzzle, regardless of the difficulty level, begins with allocated numbers on the grid.

Sudoku is a number puzzle consisting of a 9 x 9 grid in which some cells contain clues in the form of digits from 1 to 9. The solver's jobs is to ﬁll in the remaining cells so that each row, column and 3×3 box in the grid contains all nine digits. There's another unwritten rule: the puzzle must have only one solution.

In fact, mathematical thinking in the form of logical deduction is very useful in solving Sudokus. The most basic strategy to solve a Sudoku puzzle is to first write down, in each empty cell, all possible entries that will not contradict the One Rule with respect to the given cells.

Can all Sudoku puzzles be solved without guessing?

The short answer is yes. Every proper Sudoku puzzle can be solved without ever having to make a guess. Another way of thinking about it is that every Sudoku puzzle can be solved logically. Even though it may require highly complicated solving techniques you're not familiar with.

5 minutes is more than enough time to jump start your brain, re-evaluate your Sudoku strategy, and develop a new perspective on how to view the Sudoku grid. So “take 5” and give yourself a new chance at solving Sudoku puzzles!

The good sudoku time is one where one is able to solve a complex sudoku game which is in itself a combination of 5 or more sudokus. From the competition point of view, the lesser time one takes the better it is. For very hard say 5 to 7 minutes should be great.

A Jellyfish occurs when in four rows all possible cells for a given digit lie in four columns. This digit can be eliminated from the remaining cells of these columns. The technique also works when we replace rows with columns.

Ghost numbers are empty cells in a row, column or box that are the only cells that can hold a specific digit. Ghost numbers can be used to narrow down the possible places in other rows, columns or boxes where the same digit can exist.

Normal sudoku rules apply. White dots between two cells indicate consecutive digits and black dots between two cells indicate a ratio of 1:2. For some rows and columns, the TOTAL number of white and/or black dots appearing in that row or column have been given. Dots on the border and outside the grid don't count.

From this case study it can be concluded that an individual who is skilled at solving Sudoku puzzles likely has a high general IQ. The results of the weak correlation between Sudoku scores and the WAIT test indicates that in some cases a high Sudoku doesn't necessarily mean a high general IQ.