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by:Santa Klaus

 

is.gd/20_days_left_2021

(yesterday i forgot about my name, but j reminded me)

 

by: Andy B.

 
 
look who entered the chimney!
welcome Santa!
glad to see yiu are back!

 

by: KDN

 
 
Thanks@Santa Klaus
it's always a pleasure to see you back with the advent calendar (and of course not only for the calendar). This one is a setti festival combined with some wings. Now I will go back to yesterdays one which is still open

 

by: ThomasF

 
 
thanks Santa, that is a nice one for standard tools. Happy to see you back for the calendar.
MoSC

 

by: jgrab

 
 
Thanks again! One Setti after the other.

 

by: kmr

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Thank you, great puzzle and lots of fun.

by:Klaus

 

is.gd/21_days_left_2021

 

by: robo

 
 
Advent, advent.

Thanks for a nice chainless fishy puzzle.

 

by: Toni

 
 
Yes, that was fun, some fishes and I also used some SIs (or one might say simple head chains). Thx

 

by: jgrab

 
 
Very, very nice! Fishes appear and wait to be found. Thank you, Santa Klaus.

 

by: Andy B.

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great puzzle - thanks !!!
no chain.

by:Ulrich

 
v.gd/Ulrich_597


 

by: jgrab

 
 
Thanks for the extra! I used one early chain to disprove a DE4 alternative; the rest was Setti and CE.

 

by: Toni

 
 
A chainless quick and easy one. Still very nice of course. Thx

 

by: Jens

 
 
Like Toni - one X-Wing clears all.

 

by: BP

 
 
Very smooth. Thanks, Ulrich, the other one was to chainy for us.

 

by: ThomasF

 
 
thanks Ulrich, some setti do it
MoSC

 

by: KDN

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Thanks@Ulrich
very nice and easy one

by:Ulrich

 
v.gd/miniBlack

Pure desert, no wings, no fishes... nothing

 

by: Jens

 
 
Empty cells - desert? miniBlack: it isn't easy to find out the first fixed number, but then ... nice idea, thanks to Ulrich.

 

by: Klaus

 
 

i like that kind of stuff, somewhat Str8ts at its purest. everything is possible everywhere, hard to get a grip on it. but still, the dependencies of the compartments is so that its possible.

nice to see you back in action Ulrich.

 

by: Ulrich

 
 
It‘s really weird ;-)

 

by: tg

 
 
So far I do not get the "grip". Any hint for me?

 

by: hoke

 
 
While we are waiting for a hint...
The Online Solver does not start, but you can enter one clue at J7 i.e. and watch. Have fun.

 

by: Jens

 
 
After Compartment Check there are only 4 digits left in J8. One of them can be eliminated because of conflict in col 3. Now it's possible to test the 3 left digits of J8 with the litle help of solver.

 

by: hoke

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Testing, then going back, "... To wear that ball and chain."

by:morl

 
is.gd/morl597_1

 

by: Toni

 
 
Also a very nice one. In the end I needed a si. Thx, morl

 

by: jgrab

 
 
Nice indeed. For me, more a little chain than a SI.

 

by: Martinus

 
 
Like jgrab. Thanks

 

by: BP

 
 
Very nice indeed, sveral wings and a setti consideration on two digits did it. Thanks, morl.

 

by: Jens

 
 
Very nice like BP: Result of that consideration is a simple triage.

 

by: kmr

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Great puzzle. Like BP, two digits need to be carefully considered. A8 is the key.

by:kst

 
v.gd/kst_597_BX

 

by: Toni

 
 
Very nice one. One SI at the beginning and one SI to let the puzzle more or less collapse. Great puzzle. Thank you once more, kst.

 

by: Toni

 
 
Correction: The second SI is not even needed as I have just seen.

 

by: Martinus

 
 
Also a nice difficulty level. Thanks!

 

by: Susan

 
 
I loved it! Just the right level of difficulty

 

by: BP

 
 
A smooth start into a new str8ts week. Many thanks!

 

by: ralph maier

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tricky but it solves. In the beginning you have to decide high low on the diagonals . so iguess that is where the SI mentioned above comes in . After that CE well iwas a bit careless only the 5th time i got it right , A very nice puzzle indeed

by:kst

 
v.gd/kst_597_B

 

by: Toni

 
 
Nice and not very difficult

 

by: BP

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Quick with settis.

by:kst

 
v.gd/kst_597_X

 

by: jgrab

 
 
23 min; only concentrated work. Thanks.

 

by: Toni

 
 
after a very smooth and quick start (with almost completely filled X) one needs to search a bit more careful for smaller wings that - - together with setti arguments - lead to a chainfree solution. I liked it, thx!

 

by: Martinus

 
 
Not too hard, but very nice. X power, fishes, settis

 

by: ThomasF

 
 
Like Martinus, very nice level of difficulty

 

by: Hel

 
 
Also a very nice chainfree puzzle, thanks a lot, kst

 

by: BP

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CE and fishes. Thanks, kst, for another great str8ts week!

by:kst

 
v.gd/kst_597

 

by: Toni

 
 
Nice, small wings, CE, settis and a quite obvious UR argument. Pure chainless fun.

 

by: jgrab

 
 
25 min; mainly Settis.

 

by: Susan

 
 
A wonderful puzzle, only CE and wings. Needed not even settis. Thank you

 

by: Hel

 
 
Only one short wing needed, very nice.

 

by: ThomasF

 
 
Very nice puzzle, some setti, some wings

 

by: Frank

 
 
What do I overlook? Can't solve it...

 

by: robo

 
 
Quite a few chains ...

 

by: Frank

 
 
o.k.....becauese I thought it was chainless.

 

by: morl

 
 
Hmmmm... if I didn't make a mistake somewhere, a UR in the upper right corner is enough.

 

by: Frank

 
 
I see the UR you mentioned. But it doesn't help me to solve. Or do you have another hint? Can't see that Settis or this UR and fishes on 5 and 6 solve this one.

 

by: Cindy

 
 
Big fish on four

 

by: BP

 
 
Str8tforwatd with UR and settis.

 

by: robo

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I actually overlooked the UR. Indeed solvable then with BCA, fishes and carefully looking at high-lows.

by:Jens

 
Discussion of Andrew's Extreme Str8ts Puzzle, Weekly Edition #597, Nov 28 - Dec 4

 

by: Jens

 
 
Solvers job or WC****

 

by: Andrejs

 
 
All reviewers have found this puzzle to be easy. This means that our skills are at a good level.

 

by: Ulrich

 
 
Andrew's online solver solved it, i.e. it is per definition not an extreme!
He improved his online solver recently (on Nov. 2nd). May be, the offline solver is not yet at the same level.

 

by: Andrejs

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I like to solve puzzles myself without the help of solvers.



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       - Nope - 3 hours ago
  • 6 min: Just filling in numbers
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  • 16 mins. Nice and easy!! Thanks
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       - JoeP - 4 days ago
  • 8.40 min quite an easy one. nevertheless fun!
       - newby - 4 days ago
  • easy, 7 min
       - malue74 - 4 days ago
  • 20’, basic tools only. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe!
       - GC - 4 days ago
  • nice and easy one
       - essie - 4 days ago
  • 15 min with just basic strategies. relaxing
       - M-Michael - 5 days ago
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       - Ronny - 5 days ago
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       - nina - 5 days ago
  • 6 min
       - nina - 5 days ago
  • very easy one - just a couple of clicks
       - Ske - 5 days ago
  • 15 min without solver, straigthforward. Nice.
       - joeB - 5 days ago
  • 9'50
       - martijn - 5 days ago
  • 14 min. - logic and setti 1
       - tbr - 5 days ago
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  • 11'30" no solver, setti on 5 only, no candidates.
       - JT - 5 days ago
  • 17:40. Needed a few settis, but fairly easy overall
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  • 11:22 fast, easy, lovely!
       - Latimer - 6 days ago
  • done
       - Loser - 6 days ago
  • 10' Too easy.
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