all clues were useful. No clue could be ignored to read to crack the full board.

Posted 30th Apr 2019 at 10:10

JoergWausW Daily subscriber Completion time: 2:00

Sorry, but I have to disagree. I didn't use 288x and I didn't use 18+. If those numbers weren't there - still solvable. (Again - I don't use the big boxes if I don't have to). As Elisabeth mentioned before: To make a puzzle with only needed clues and one way to solve is almost impossible.

Posted 30th Apr 2019 at 15:04

Elisabeth Daily subscriber Rated puzzle: Easy Best completion time: 4:13 Time on first attempt: 6:24 Used 'check puzzle' when incorrect

I didn't use 18+ but I had to use 288. How, otherwise, JoergWausW, do you solve the top 2 rows? Do you not have to conclude that 5 cannot be in 288? (No other use of 288 however)

I agree - you have to conclude that 5 cannot be in 288

Posted 1st May 2019 at 08:55

JoergWausW Daily subscriber Completion time: 2:00

You are right about that 288 argument. Now looking at it, I guess I made a mistake with the 2- box and used it wrong so the 5 came from here. I'm sorry for that.

But still you don't necessarily have to conclude that 5 cannot be in 288 - you can figure out you need the 6 twice. If you only had one 6 in the right column, it leads to 6*2*3=36, this is not enough to get to 288 with only one remaining factor in a 6x6 puzzle - no matter if this factor is 4 or 5.

So I'm corrected: 288x box is indeed necessary. Thank you.

But now I have another argument that you might want to check, because I might have made a mistake again.

Hypothesis: You don't need 18+, 7+ and 2- to solve this puzzle. I didn't need these to solve the bottom 4 rows. After using the 288x clue you can just use missing numbers logic and don't necessarily need the calculations (but they might be faster to compute).

And maybe someone wants to check wether you in fact need either of the two 1- clues at all. I don't think so.

Plus: If you use the 18+ clue you might not need some other clues that were used so far. But I'm done for today.

Posted 1st May 2019 at 10:30

Elisabeth Daily subscriber Rated puzzle: Easy Best completion time: 4:13 Time on first attempt: 6:24 Used 'check puzzle' when incorrect

I think the answer, JoergWausW, is that there are many ways of solving this puzzle and each shows some clues can be ignored!!!! But I am not sure you can solve without using the fact that 5 cannot be in the 288??

Posted 1st May 2019 at 11:30

JoergWausW Daily subscriber Completion time: 2:00

Yes, that's what I agreed with you already: There is almost always more than one way, and it's very hard to create a puzzle with a unique way to solve it and without redundant clues.

As I tried to explain: I used the 288x box, but not to exclude the 5. I used it to conclude that this box needs a 6 twice or else the product would be too low. Same clue, but different approach.

Posted 1st May 2019 at 15:04

Elisabeth Daily subscriber Rated puzzle: Easy Best completion time: 4:13 Time on first attempt: 6:24 Used 'check puzzle' when incorrect

I was just confirming what we had already agreed and I see what you mean about the two 6s for 288. So perhaps I should say the puzzle can't be solved witout using 288 in some form!! Over and out:)

Posted 8th May 2019 at 09:18

DanaCarter Rated puzzle: Easy Completion time: 18:40 Used 'check puzzle' when incorrect

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Add new comment)EasyCompletion time:16:272:00I didn't use 288x and I didn't use 18+. If those numbers weren't there - still solvable. (Again - I don't use the big boxes if I don't have to).

As Elisabeth mentioned before: To make a puzzle with only needed clues and one way to solve is almost impossible.

EasyBest completion time:4:13Time on first attempt:6:24Used 'check puzzle' when incorrectEasyCompletion time:1:582:00I'm sorry for that.

But still you don't necessarily have to conclude that 5 cannot be in 288 - you can figure out you need the 6 twice. If you only had one 6 in the right column, it leads to 6*2*3=36, this is not enough to get to 288 with only one remaining factor in a 6x6 puzzle - no matter if this factor is 4 or 5.

So I'm corrected: 288x box is indeed necessary. Thank you.

But now I have another argument that you might want to check, because I might have made a mistake again.

Hypothesis: You don't need 18+, 7+ and 2- to solve this puzzle. I didn't need these to solve the bottom 4 rows. After using the 288x clue you can just use missing numbers logic and don't necessarily need the calculations (but they might be faster to compute).

And maybe someone wants to check wether you in fact need either of the two 1- clues at all. I don't think so.

Plus: If you use the 18+ clue you might not need some other clues that were used so far. But I'm done for today.

EasyBest completion time:4:13Time on first attempt:6:24Used 'check puzzle' when incorrect2:00As I tried to explain: I used the 288x box, but not to exclude the 5. I used it to conclude that this box needs a 6 twice or else the product would be too low. Same clue, but different approach.

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