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Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (6,5).









For column 6, Number 8 is only possible in cell (6,2)









For column 5, Number 2 is only possible in cell (5,4)









For column 5, Number 3 is only possible in cell (5,2)









For column 7, Number 3 is only possible in cell (7,1)









For column 9, Number 3 is only possible in cell (9,7)









For column 2, Number 3 is only possible in cell (2,8)









For row 1, number 5 is only possible in cell (9,1)









For column 7, Number 5 is only possible in cell (7,9)









For box 1, candidates for 6 are all in column 2, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For box 9, candidates for 6 are all in column 8, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For row 4, number 6 is only possible in cell (7,4)









For box 3, candidates for 9 are all in row 3, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For box 2, candidates for 7 are all in row 3, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (7,3).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (7,5).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (7,2).









Number 3 is the only value possible in cell (4,5).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (4,4).









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (4,3).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (5,3).









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (8,4).









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (8,3).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (8,2).









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (9,2).









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (2,2).









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (1,3).









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (2,3).









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (9,3).









Number 3 is the only value possible in cell (1,4).









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (9,5).









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (3,5).









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (1,5).









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (6,6).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (5,6).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (9,6).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (6,7).









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (8,7).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (4,8).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (8,8).









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (1,8).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (1,1).









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (3,1).









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (3,6).









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (2,6).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (1,7).









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (2,7).









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (3,7).









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (5,7).









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (3,8).









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (5,8).









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (1,9).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (3,9).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (9,9).