Astraware Sudoku - It's a different kind of Zen

Step-By-Step Solution:

Initial Grid

                    
First step - add in all possible valid pencilmarks.




Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (9,6).









Number 3 is the only value possible in cell (9,4).









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (7,5).









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (2,7).









For row 1, number 8 is only possible in cell (8,1)









For row 4, number 8 is only possible in cell (5,4)









For row 8, number 8 is only possible in cell (2,8)









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









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









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (2,3).









For column 5, Number 9 is only possible in cell (5,2)









For box 2, Number 7 is only possible in cell (6,1)









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









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









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









For row 1, number 2 is only possible in cell (3,1)









For row 2, number 2 is only possible in cell (8,2)









For row 2, number 1 is only possible in cell (7,2)









For row 3, number 2 is only possible in cell (5,3)









For box 8, candidates for 1 are all in column 5, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For box 2, candidates for 6 are all in column 4, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









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









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









X-Wing in rows for 4.









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









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









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (3,4).









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (1,2).









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (4,2).









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (4,1).









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (7,1).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (9,2).









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (7,3).









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (1,4).









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (6,4).









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









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









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (3,5).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (1,6).









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









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









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









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









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (5,7).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (8,7).









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









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (3,8).









Number 3 is the only value possible in cell (5,8).









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









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









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (9,8).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (6,9).









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (8,9).