Astraware Sudoku - It's a different kind of Zen

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For column 4, Number 1 is only possible in cell (4,3)









For row 3, number 9 is only possible in cell (5,3)









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









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









For box 5, Number 3 is only possible in cell (4,4)









For row 8, number 2 is only possible in cell (9,8)









For column 9, Number 3 is only possible in cell (9,6)









For row 4, number 4 is only possible in cell (3,4)









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









For row 3, number 4 is only possible in cell (9,3)









For row 2, number 4 is only possible in cell (5,2)









For box 6, candidates for 6 are all in row 5, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (9,5).









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (9,2).









For box 4, candidates for 5 are all in column 2, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For box 8, candidates for 7 are all in column 5, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









Hidden Pair for 5 and 9, can remove other candidates from these cells.









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









For row 2, number 2 is only possible in cell (6,2)









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (5,1).









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









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









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (6,5).









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









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









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (8,6).









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









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (8,1).









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









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









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (1,2).









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (7,8).









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (3,8).









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









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









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









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









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









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (3,1).









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









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









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (8,7).









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









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (5,8).









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (2,9).









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









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (7,9).









Number 3 is the only value possible in cell (8,9).