Astraware Sudoku - It's a different kind of Zen

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









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









For column 1, Number 1 is only possible in cell (1,5)









For column 8, Number 1 is only possible in cell (8,3)









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









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









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









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









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









For column 9, Number 1 is only possible in cell (9,7)









For row 6, number 8 is only possible in cell (5,6)









For row 5, number 8 is only possible in cell (2,5)









For column 2, Number 9 is only possible in cell (2,7)









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









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









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









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









For row 9, number 8 is only possible in cell (7,9)









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









Hidden Pair for 2 and 3, can remove other candidates from these cells.









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









For row 6, number 9 is only possible in cell (4,6)









For row 6, number 1 is only possible in cell (7,6)









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









For box 5, Number 4 is only possible in cell (6,4)









For column 6, Number 7 is only possible in cell (6,8)









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (2,8).









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (3,7).









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









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (1,7).









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









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (9,8).









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









Number 6 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 (4,9).









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