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Feedback and Questions

I've received a lot of interesting comments and questions from Sudoku fans over the last few years and this page is where I try to answer them. Please feel free to drop me a note on the side of the page or try the Facebook comment box. Or you can email me directly at .


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Many thanks to all the people who have helped improve the solvers and strategies with their feedback!

Tuesday 10-Jan-2017

... by: ynotme, France

When using the Take Step button, Sudoku Solver indicates that results (such and such a square set to such and such number, unique in row etc) will appear in the box below the grid, but in fact this happens only sporadically if at all. Is there some menu command or routine I'm missing or is it a bug ?

Andrew Stuart writes (12-Jan-2017):

The reports in the box below the board only occur when something interesting happens. For very easy puzzles you may not need a strategy at all. Simple removal of candidates and the solving of cells as numbers are cleared are not reported individually (since there may be many in one step) and the same information is displayed on the board with colors.

Monday 9-Jan-2017

... by: Kay, USA

Thank you for this "solver" site!! I get stuck on some of the more difficult puzzles and simply can't see a solution. This will help me understand where I go wrong or add to my understanding of some of the more elusive strategies.

Andrew Stuart writes (12-Jan-2017):

You're very welcome! Enjoy

Monday 2-Jan-2017

... by: Diane, Australia

Str8ts in 5 Daily Puzzles has not been loading on iPad for last 2 days. Other 4 puzzles load okay.

Andrew Stuart writes (3-Jan-2017):

Yes I needed to add some more puzzles for 2017 for Str8ts
Thanks for the alert!
Have a great new year

Sunday 1-Jan-2017

... by: Steven A Bloedel, usa

there is a problem buying puzzle packs. they do not show up like they use to to make a selection for puchase.

also, where can i go to get help with aic's. i can do almost locked sets, but just can not see aic's. i understand them, just can not see them in a puzzle.

Andrew Stuart writes (3-Jan-2017):

I will be releasing some more puzzle packs soon. I upgraded to Windows 10 this year as did many people. Now I find that my old copy of Adobe Indesign isn't working and I can't run the scripts to make the packs. Still scratching my head on this one, but hopefully a workaround soon

Some of the strategies like AICs are a bit academic, in that they are more difficult for pen and paper humans. But we need them if we are going to progress on the crazy difficult puzzles. Sudoku is unusual for being so deep. I added a feature on the solver which shows chains, have you played with that? Otherwise I can only suggest examples. I know some people are good with AICs visually but very few. You'll be pretty expert if you can solve up to locked sets.

Have a great new year


EDIT: New 2017 Puzzle packs available!
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