Astraware Sudoku - It's a different kind of Zen

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









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









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









For row 8, number 9 is only possible in cell (1,8)









For row 1, number 9 is only possible in cell (4,1)









For row 3, number 9 is only possible in cell (2,3)









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









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









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









For row 5, number 4 is only possible in cell (7,5)









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









For row 7, number 4 is only possible in cell (9,7)









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









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









For row 8, number 3 is only possible in cell (8,8)









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









For column 8, Number 1 is only possible in cell (8,1)









For column 3, Number 8 is only possible in cell (3,9)









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









For box 9, candidates for 6 are all in column 7, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For blocks 7 and 9, candidates for 6 are all in the same two rows (7 and 9)









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (4,7).









For row 5, number 2 is only possible in cell (6,5)









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









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









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









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









Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (4,6).









Number 3 is the only value possible in cell (5,6).









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









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









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









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









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (5,1).









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









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









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (1,3).









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









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









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









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









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (4,2).









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









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









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (6,2).









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









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









Number 6 is the only value possible in cell (9,3).









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









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









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









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (5,9).









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