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Posted on: Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:56 pm

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is this one easy?
These are some "Killer Sudoku rating" questions:

- are the easy Killer Sudoku puzzles on the site actually easy?

- how would you rate the puzzle below?

Posted on: Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:47 pm

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Re: is this one easy?
I think the easy Killers are actually easy, and this one is easier than most puzzles rated easy. But most easy ones are very similar, and take some minutes to solve for me (5-10 minutes normally I think).

-Ville

Posted on: Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:55 pm

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Re: is this one easy?
I agree with angryclown. A gentle one, looks better without additional clues though.

Posted on: Wed Oct 20, 2021 12:19 pm

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Re: is this one easy?
I compared this puzzle to the 2 killer sudokus from yesterday (19/10) using my own method for rating the difficulty of puzzles.

The puzzle above rated 15.8,
the easy killer (19/10) rated 12.2,
and the medium killer (19/10) rated 49.5

On my ratings scale 15.8 and 12.2 indicates a reasonably easy puzzle, with no complications, and very little analysis required to find the solution.

Posted on: Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:15 pm

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Re: is this one easy?
Thanks for all the feedback

Posted on: Sun Oct 24, 2021 11:54 am

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Re: is this one easy?
To add to my previous post about how I rate the difficulty of this puzzle I compared it to Friday's (22/10) difficult killer sudoku.

Friday's difficult Killer sudoku rated 183.1
The puzzle shown above rated 15.8

Based on my method that makes this puzzle look very easy, as I had said before. I thought it might be of some interest to compare it to a difficult puzzle.

Posted on: Fri Jan 19, 2024 7:02 pm

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Re: is this one easy?
I found this puzzle to be quite easy.
This puzzle actually needn't be a killer sudoku puzzle at all since it is solvable as any ordinary 9x9 calcudoku puzzle.
As a plain calcudoku puzzle (where there are no box constraints and values can repeat within cages), it made an excellent puzzle which was quite enjoyable to solve. In this context I think it would make it into the difficult section, but it is still easier than either the harder 9x9 puzzles that we get on a regular basis or the Friday killers..

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