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Christmas Sudoku

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Chapter1
SudokuForChristmas
THE
CHRISTMASSTARRISES.
Noticethatninelettersareused:
C,H,A,R,M,S,I,T,E.
Fillintheotherboxessothateverydiagonalandeveryregioncon-tainsC,H,A,R,M,S,I,T,Einsomeorder.(There'sonlyoneway.)
Hint:
1

2
SudokuForChristmas
HintsonsolvingTHECHRISTMASSTARRISES
Warning:
only
1."
Sincemanyofthecellsarefilledin,wehaveonlyalimitednumberofwaystoputlettersintotheunknownplaces.Forexample,lookatcell35,andconsiderthepossibilitiesinturn:Should35befilledwith
C,H,A,R,M,S,I,T,
S,T,
T,
R,
S.

SudokuForChristmas3Setting
11
=
=
C.
***************
Let'spauseatthispointtoreviewthemethodsthatwe'veused.Therearefourbasictypesofforcingstepsthatmakeprogressinthispuzzle,andwe'venowseenexamplesofeach.Rowmove:There'sjustonewaytoputacertainletterintoarow.Columnmove:There'sjustonewaytoputaletterintoacolumn.Regionmove:There'sjustonewaytoputaletterintoaregion.Positionmove:There'sjustoneletterthatcangointoacertaincell.Firstweusedarowmovetoconcludethat
11
=
A.Thenweusedacolumnmovetoconcludethat92
=
A.Thenweusedaregionmovetoconcludethat39
=
A.Andweusedapositionmovetoconcludethat35
=
C.
***************
Armedwiththesefourtools,andwithagoodeye(oragoodsystemoforganizednotes)toseewhentheyapply,wecaninfactfillin25oftheunknowncellswithoutneedingtoeraseanything!Hereisonescenariobywhichallforcedmovescanbesuccessivelydiscovered,notnecessarilyinthisorder-butrememberthatit'sbestnottopeekatthemuntilyou'vegiventhisexercisetheoldcollegetry:
11
=
A(row)92
=
A(col)39
=
A(reg)35
=
C(pos)23
=
S
(reg)32
=
S
(reg)81
=
S
(col)34
=
H
(pos)andfinally87
=
T
(col).33
=
I(pos)49
=
M(pos)44
=
A(pos)85
=
A(col)63
=
A(col)77
=
A(row)96
=
H
(reg)13
=
H
(col)93
=
T
(col)31
=
R(pos)38
=
T
(pos)21
=
T
(col)22
=
M(row)12
=
T
(col)97
=
S
(col)79
=
T
(row)