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For row 2, number 9 is only possible in cell (5,2)









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









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









For row 2, number 8 is only possible in cell (6,2)









For row 1, number 3 is only possible in cell (6,1)









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









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









For column 8, Number 5 is only possible in cell (8,9)









For column 8, Number 4 is only possible in cell (8,4)









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









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









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









For row 1, number 2 is only possible in cell (4,1)









For row 2, number 7 is only possible in cell (8,2)









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









For row 1, number 7 is only possible in cell (3,1)









For row 1, number 4 is only possible in cell (2,1)









For box 7, candidates for 4 are all in row 9, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For column 7, Number 4 is only possible in cell (7,8)









Naked Pair for 1 and 6, can remove these as candidates from other cells.









Naked Pair for 1 and 8, can remove these as candidates from other cells.









Hidden Pair for 8 and 9, can remove other candidates from these cells.









For row 9, number 7 is only possible in cell (6,9)









For row 9, number 1 is only possible in cell (7,9)









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









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









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









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









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









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









For row 6, number 8 is only possible in cell (2,6)









Number 9 is the only value possible in cell (2,8).









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









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









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









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









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









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









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (6,3).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (1,5).









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









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









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









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (4,5).









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









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (4,6).









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









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









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









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









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (5,7).









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (6,7).









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









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









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