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Posted on: Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:46 pm

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Bitwise Or
Today the Bitwise Or puzzle has me going in circles......have had so much trouble with the 6-4,2-6,2-4 and the 1-3,2-3,1-2 combinations......have attempted this puzzle 3 times now spending a full hour each time and no where near a solution and so have to give up on this one .....thought I would give it one more try (as all others were late last night) with a ---morning brain---and OMG, I fluked out and got a green screen woohoo

Posted on: Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:48 am

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Re: Bitwise Or
Below is an image showing how the puzzle can be solved, it demonstrates that X pairs (or x wings) can still be useful if a value is in a cage with 3 cells.

1. h2=3 (h2 is the only cell in column h that can be 3)
2. g2=2
3. cage g4 = 4,6
4. noting the pair in cage g4: cage g6 = 5,8
5. the cells in cage a6 can be anything, but one of the cells must be 8

This gives us an X pair with the value 8 in rows 6&7 (the cells coloured blue)

6. cage d6 = 1,7
7. both cages d7 & f7 =1,2,3

Now we have the X pair from step 5, paired values in cage d6, and a 3 way pair in cells d7,e7,f7 with the values 1,2,3 , and that is all that is needed to complete the puzzle only using basic steps (I know 3 way pair must be the wrong phrase, but you know what I mean).

Posted on: Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:17 am

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Re: Bitwise Or
Today's 'bit' puzzle was a disaster for me as I just had to give up after 80 minutes......tried all sorts of combinations and thought I got close a couple of times but in the end was left with a number of cages that did not make sense......I see only 35 have solved it so far so am thinking this must be one of the harder ones

Posted on: Tue Nov 16, 2021 11:00 am

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Re: Bitwise Or
beaker wrote:
Today's 'bit' puzzle was a disaster for me as I just had to give up after 80 minutes......tried all sorts of combinations and thought I got close a couple of times but in the end was left with a number of cages that did not make sense......I see only 35 have solved it so far so am thinking this must be one of the harder ones

It didn’t strike me as particularly difficult. I checked my solved puzzles record and it shows the puzzle as being solved 9 minutes and 3 seconds after I solved the previous puzzle. I’d say this is probably a fairly typical time for me with this type of puzzle.

I find that highlighting the 8s helps me to see an overall pattern for this type of puzzle.

Posted on: Tue Nov 16, 2021 11:03 am

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Re: Bitwise Or
Thank you.......I will try again later

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