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by:Santa Stefan




by: Bansalsaab

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Thanks Stefan. One of the rare times when i was able to spot bigger sea creatures.

by:Santa Klaus




by: jgrab

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Thanks, Santa. Too hard for me; needed two chains.

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by: ghw

Thank you, Santa Stefan!
Beside standard tools one SI/head chain (over 4 cells) needed.


by: Stefan

@ghw SI/chain? Where? Row E and J?

It's hard work and sometimes not easy to see, but you can solve it without any SI or chain.


by: jgrab

Thank you! After singles and fishes, after 16 solved cells no other idea than a chain.


by: PAX

Thanks a lot, Stefan. Same as ghw, one head chain to exclude a number.


by: Berny

Thanks, Stefan!

I have to agree to you: Singles, two hidden pairs, one x-wing, two 3-wings, one 4-wing, 2 settis and CE, resulting in a large gap.

But NO chain! (Probably the CE I mentioned is what PAX means with "head chain to exlude a number". But everything happens in ONE row...)


by: Carol

You don't even need that CE, but a hidden pair is quite crucial.

Thank you very much to all the str8ts creators!


by: ghw

may be, but I could it not solve without SI or head chain!


by: ghw

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Oooops, mistake in grammar, but you will understand.


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12' guess on A9. Got error message but everything is ok. Another choice on A9 cannot work.

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by: jgrab

Thank you, Santa! Again, a nice practice time while waiting for X-mas. CE, SI/little head chains, and Settis.


by: PAX

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Thank you Klaus, solvable with more than one head chain, challenging without aids like pen/paper etc.


Advent 2017 chainless Bigwings #2



by: morl

Thank you for this excellent puzzle! A lot of settis and fishes.


by: Maven

I've been at this puzzle over an hour and stuck at 8 solved. Not sure what I could be missing.


by: hone

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@Maven: Look out for a medium wing and then a big wing; both in rows. You can also start with the big one and use the smaller one later. Both are needed (unless chains or candidates are used).




by: ghw

Thanks for this nice puzzle!
X-wing and fishes in different sizes.


by: jgrab

Thanks, nice exercise in basic tools.


by: Carol

After basics and and xwing on 2 I'm stuck at 13 solved cells and can't detect any fish nor other basic. What do I miss? A test on A5 leads to a Setti contradiction and solves quickly, but I think that's not what you are talking about?


by: hone

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@Carol: After 13 solved cells chaining is inevitable.


I think today's extreme works without a chain, or guess. After Setti 2, whether or not col. 5 contains 8, F9 must be 8 if F5-9=high (Setti 8 consideration). But check for the 9 in col. 2.
Hope that is cryptic enough to avoid spoiling.


by: jgrab

While I composed my post, kolumbus called the same idea a "2-options-x-wing", which sounds much more elegant for the given situation.


by: Klaus

Hi jgrab,

at least its cryptic enough to avoid understanding ;).

i think the distribution of the 9's offers plenty of possibilities to attack.


by: Tati

@ jgrab: It also works as a "2-options-bca" on 9...


by: ThomasF

thanks jgrab, with you hint solved without guessing or chaining.


by: kmr

Quite demanding even with jgrab's hint. Thank you for this, it was cryptic enough.


by: JAn

Sorry, I don't grok your hint, jgrab. I do understand kolumbus's conditional x-wing, which removes a candidate from two cells in column 8...but that still leaves two of those in the column.


by: jgrab

@Jan: C78 is 78. According to Setti 8, either B78 or C78 must contain 8. Thus x-wing for cols. 7 and 8. After Setti 2, F23=34 or 89. If F5-9 were high, not enough cells for 8 AND 9. So F23=89, A3=2 etc.
In kolumbus' terms, the wing removes more than you assumed.


by: Jan

jgrab - understood!

I was looking at a different conditional x-wing - you can play the same game in columns 2,3 and 9 with regard to 9, but that doesn't get you across the top.


by: kolumbus

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@Jan, jgrab: The conditional x-wing on 9 was exactly what I meant. However yes, it got me across the top!
Regarding 8 there is a jellyfish on AFHJ2369, which excludes 8 from F78. No Setti/conditional x-wing needed.

by:Santa Stefan




by: morl

Thank you! Nice one; setti combination, wings, fishes and URs.


by: PAX

Thank you Stefan, a very nice one!


by: jgrab

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Thanks, Santa! Careful fishsoup, with UR inlays.

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  • 43' Same there. My solution works and I got "Oops"
       - Tosthene - 1 day ago
  • 20 min. on 2nd try and with a chain
       - Nessie - 1 day ago
  • Solution works, but isn't accepted. Is there a way, to make this program accept every possible solution?
       - Genie - 1 day ago
  • 84' after losing my nerves and guessing A3. I must have missed something this week.
       - selecti - 3 days ago
  • Solution works, but isn't accepted. Is there a way, to make this program accept every possible solution?
       - Krs - 3 days ago
  • 28min same here
       - hildi - 3 days ago
  • 39" enjoyable
       - Maven - 3 days ago
  • 40 min - I also got "Oops! There are cells which are wrong.25" at the end, but everything is correct.
       - Michael - 3 days ago
  • 43 min., very nice one (oops, too)
       - Boerny - 3 days ago
  • I got an error message at the end, but everzthing seemed correct.
       - innsteg - 4 days ago
  • 38 min
       - Sugar - 4 days ago
  • 67 min but also got an error massage
       - schaaf - 4 days ago
  • Got an oops, too
       - hopplahierkommich - 4 days ago
  • A nice one. Error message is wrong. And also today - there is only one Solution.
       - Sabine - 4 days ago
  • same thing with me: error message, but everything is definitely right ...
       - Jury - 4 days ago
  • 80min, seem to have tomatoes on my eyes - still get an error .25
       - COM - 4 days ago
  • today there are some solutions possible. Its the combination of 8, 9 and 3, 4, 5
       - ursa - 4 days ago
  • Solved.
       - TOM - 4 days ago
  • 25 min on second attempt; also got error message in error
       - Ollie - 4 days ago
  • 30 min, got error message again. Checked solution, there is nothing wrong.
       - morl - 4 days ago
  • 10 '; hi/lo decision
       - Candiru - 4 days ago
  • very nice one, for me the key was a 2-options-x-wing
       - kolumbus - 4 days ago
  • 54 min; fishes and a little Setti-based head chain. Meassage is wrong.
       - jgrab - 4 days ago
  • Also get an error message but solution seems ok. Nedded a guess om A3 A)
       - ThomasF - 4 days ago
  • 18' without congrats, hmm, checked five times, everything is all right
       - hrw - 4 days ago
  • 18 min - high/low decision
       - ghw - 4 days ago
  • done, without a message
       - Loser - 4 days ago
  • I also got an error message at the end though my solution seems ok.One chain needed.
       - mparmen - 4 days ago
  • ive got an error message, but all seems right, some settis no chains
       - gandalf_69 - 4 days ago
  • 1:15 h - couldn't find a way without guessing or a very long chain
       - onnola - 4 days ago