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### Weekly Assassin 13 25th August

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:08 am
Nice puzzle! Very challenging, I found it the hardest Weekly Assassin so far.

Here is my first ever attempt at a posted walkthrough.

1. R78C4 = {79}; R78C9 = {13}; 45 rule on C1234 -> R5C4 = 4; 45 rule on C6789 -> R5C6 = 7; 45 rule on N8 -> R9C46 = {13}; R78C6 = {45}; R789C5 = {268}

2. R1C34 = {59/68}; 45 rule on N2 -> R1C46 = 11; 45 rule on N1 -> R1C3 + R3C2 = 12; 45 rule on N3 -> R1C7 + R3C8 = 10; applying these four results together and eliminating identical digits in N1 and in N3 -> R1C46 = ; R1C3 = 9; R3C2 = 3; R1C7 = 1; R3C8 = 9; R23C4 = {18}; R23C6 = ; R123C5 = {347}; R456C5 = {159} with the 1 in R56C5 from 45 rule on R1234; R9C46 = ; R46C4 = {26}; R46C6 =  (cannot have both 8 and 9 in 19(4) cage); R9C3 = 6; 45 rule on N7 -> R7C2 = 4; R78C6 = ; R9C7 = 9; 45 rule on N9 -> R7C8 = 6; R6C78 = {57}; R4C78 = ; R8C5 = 6; R46C4 = ; R6C23 = ; R2C2 = 6; R5C1 = 6

3. In N3 6 must be in C9 and is blocked from R1C9 so R23C9 = ; 22(5) cage in N3 = {23458}; 26(5) cage in N9 = {24578}

4. In N7 3 must be in C1 and is blocked from R9C1 so R78C1 = {38}; 24(5) cage = {12579}

5. In N6 {49} must be in C9; R5C789 = {23} and either 8 or 9

In C1 9 must be in N4; R8C2 = 9; R78C4 = ; R9C8 = 4; R7C7 = 7; R6C78 = ; R2C8 = 5; R9C9 = 5; R8C78 = {28}; R78C1 = ; R78C9 = ; R9C12 = ; R78C3 = ; R79C5 = ; R23C1 = ; R23C4 = ; R2C3 = 2; R5C2 =1; R1C2 = 8; R3C7 = 8; R8C78 = ; R5C78 = ; R1C9 = 2; R1C8 = 3; R2C57 = ; R45C5 = {59}; R6C5 = 1; R5C359 =  ; R6C19 = ; R4C23 =  and so on

I expect that the more expert solvers will have found more concise approaches but hopefully this is worth posting.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:52 pm
Clearly as time passes by "changes, everything changes" since I found this the most easy Assassin that I have solved! 18 months after the initial post of A13 the level of difficulty of the Assassins has definetly increased a lot.
Ruud wrote:After an easy start, prepare yourself to take two heavy barriers
The innies in most nonets did simplified the start, The barrier that I encountered was mainly in locating the forced singles, which accounted for a slow progress until the end. The snake shaped cages did fight until the end!
Solving time was slightly more than one hour.
I think this very good puzzle at a starting level.