12/22/2015 3:34:59 PM
Amy Lowenstein Posts: 1599

It seems to me the phrase IS usually in the instructions. As I recall these types of puzzles, if Column B boils down to, say, a "1" in the first row, either a "1" or a "13" being in the second row, a "5" in the 3rd row, a "10" in the 4th row, and a "12" being in the last row  when you look at that 2nd row again, you see that you already have a definitive "1," so you have to cross out the possibility of "1" in the 2nd row, and that leaves you with "13." This business of crossing out possibilities because something else is just like it, counts for each column, as opposed to rows.
Just because "1" is part of "13," if you know what I mean, that doesn't mean you have to cross them both out. It's only when there's a definite "1" and a possible other "1" that you have to cross out the second "1."
If one of the clues says, for example, that "6 is not part of the winning combination," then you have to start crossing out whole rows, columns, or diagonals, that finally end up with a 6 in it anyplace  60, 61, etc, all the way up to 69, as well as 6, 16, 26, etc.
The way I solve things when, say, 6 isn't in the winning combination: say you have a "66" as the only definitive answer in the top row, column O. This means that the top row is "out" as a possible solution, because the "66" spoils it. It also means the "northeasttosouthwest" diagonal is ruined, so cross that out. It also means the whole column O is out, so cross that out.
You should finally be left with only one straight line that didn't have to be crossed out.
Does this help any? edited by AmyinPA on 12/22/2015
 Amy
