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This X-str8ts only needs one clue to make it unique (C2=6). Feel free to remove the other clues if you're a masochist.



For those who found last week's combined Setti puzzle too hard here is an easier one.


by: hone

Thank you, morl. This one is indeed easier: standard tools plus oddness considerations.


by: pax

Hi Hone
I'm not using the oddness argument so far, solved it with head chains. Can you please (and I know it is repeated) share the oddness argument again?


by: Leren

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I've been working on this myself today, so here is what I've found.

Only odd sized compartments take part in this move. It's easy to see that Rows CDF start and end in odd numbers, and Row G starts and ends in even numbers, and none of their ranges is uncertain. Column 7 starts and ends in even numbers and Column 6 starts and ends in odd numbers but you know its range.

The oddness argument says that to even up the oddness balance Columns 3 and 4 must start and end in odd numbers but their range is uncertain.

So, Column 3's range could be 1 - 7 or 3 - 9. Fortunately, for me there are singletons 1 and 9 in E3, so you can eliminate 248 from there. Easy moves remove the only 1 from Column 4, whose range is then 2 - 9. Since it must start and end in odd numbers, the only solution is that it's range is 3 - 9, so you can eliminate 2 from Column 4, which solves.



pure logic


by: jgrab

Whatever mental state you may have on a Sunday morning, this is certainly true.


by: pax

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Tried and made it WC. Only possible with pure logic.



by: morl

Got it eventually, after a couple of chains. Didn't see a very smooth way here.


by: dennis

after 21 solved cells, i did a guess on a setti.


by: Christoph

aftrer solving 13 cells, I checked A1 - A6 to be 3-8 or 4-9 and was sthus able tofix A5, A1, B2, B4, C4, C2, F1, B4, B5, A5, which solved.


by: jgrab

Quite hard, but doable. Starting with a combined Setti, then a little HC to fix A1-D4 hi/lo, another HC cleared D6. Finally, the alternatives based on Setti 5 will both lead to the same number in F6. Took me 90 min, but heavy HC work.


by: TRP

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After 21 solved cells, a SI cleared C2 and a UR consideration in columns 8 and 9 got me to 27 solved cells. Then jgrab's setti 5 implication on F6 solves the rest of the puzzle.



by: morl

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Great puzzle, setti and fish, one short chain solves E9, and then one solves C6 to finish. Thank you, Leren.



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by: Andrejs

Very interesting puzzle. I use oddness strategy and conclude that in row F should be one oddness compartment and two even compartments. Also I use Setti's rule. So all my solution was based on logic. No chains or guessing needed.


by: BigPapi1986

Andrejs, what is the "oddness strategy" Never heard of that one and can't find any reference to it anywhere


by: Andrejs

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Hi, BigPapi1986.
I would like to recommend to find in weekly puzzles archive #487 October 20 - October 26. There I first learned how the oddness strategy works.
In the comment by hone @Uta 25-Okt-2019 you can find detailed explanations. This strategy is mentioned also in other comments, for example by hone @robo 20-Oct-2019. Can you find the archive mentioned above?

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