Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
1Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Christmas Sudoku

Christmas Sudoku

Ratings: (0)|Views: 35|Likes:
Published by Roger Chau

More info:

Published by: Roger Chau on Jun 03, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

06/03/2011

pdf

text

original

 
Chapter1
SudokuForChristmas
Here'satypeof"jigsawsudoku"puzzlethatcontainsaholidaymessage:This9x9diamondcontains9downwarddiagonals,9upwarddiagonals,and9borderedregions.Someoftheboxesarealreadyfilledintosay
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:
WherecanyouputtheletterAintothetopnorthwest-to-southeastdiagonalrow,withoutaconflict?Whenyou'vesolvedthepuzzle,asecretwordwillappearinthefivelightly-shadedboxesnearthetop.Havefun!
1
 
2
SudokuForChristmas
HintsonsolvingTHECHRISTMASSTARRISES
Warning:
It'sbesttouncoveronlyonestepofthissolutionatatime,soasnottospoilthe"aha"-typefunofdiscovery.Readfurther
only
whenyou'restuck;thenyou'llsoonfindyourskillsrisinglikeastar!Let'sputlabelsintotheblankcellssothatwecantalkaboutthem:Itwillbeconvenienttorefertoadownwarddiagonallike11,12,...as"row1,"andtoanupwarddiagonallike...,21,11as"column
1."
Sincemanyofthecellsarefilledin,wehaveonlyalimitednumberofwaystoputlettersintotheunknownplaces.Forexample,lookatcell35,andconsiderthepossibilitiesinturn:Should35befilledwith
C,H,A,R,M,S,I,T,
orE?OnlyCandAarenotblocked.Thereasonisthatrow3alreadycontainsEandM;column5alreadycontainsH,
S,T,
I;andtheregionaroundcell35alreadycontainsE,
T,
R,
S.
Nownoticethat11isforcedtobeA,becausetheremustanAinrow1(andAcan'tgointo12,13,...,18,becausethatregionalreadycontainsitsA).
 
SudokuForChristmas3Setting
11
=
A,wecanconcludeinasimilarwaythat92mustalsobeA.(TheremustbeanAincolumn2.)Getit?Next,noticethat39isalsoforcedtobeA-yes,we'reonan"Abinge"-becausetheremustbeanAintheregionthatcontainscells24,25,26,27,38,39,29.TheAdoesn'tfitanywhereelseinthatregion.Aha!With39
=
A,onlyonepossibilityremainsforcell35,becausewe'vealreadynotedthat35hastobeeitherAor
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)

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->