Astraware Sudoku - It's a different kind of Zen

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Number 8 is the only value possible in cell (6,2).









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









For row 1, number 9 is only possible in cell (6,1)









For row 3, number 6 is only possible in cell (2,3)









For row 2, number 6 is only possible in cell (4,2)









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









For column 1, Number 9 is only possible in cell (1,5)









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









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









For column 4, Number 8 is only possible in cell (4,9)









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









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









For box 1, candidates for 2 are all in column 3, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









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









For box 5, candidates for 7 are all in column 6, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









For box 8, candidates for 4 are all in column 6, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









Naked Pair for 4 and 8, can remove these as candidates from other cells.









For box 3, candidates for 4 are all in row 3, so you can remove candidates from other blocks.









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









Number 1 is the only value possible in cell (6,5).









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









Number 2 is the only value possible in cell (8,6).









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









Number 7 is the only value possible in cell (8,1).









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









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









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









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









Number 4 is the only value possible in cell (9,7).









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









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









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









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









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









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









Number 5 is the only value possible in cell (9,4).









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









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









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









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









Number 3 is the only value possible in cell (2,7).









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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









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