Demonstration to Hidden Pairs, Hidden Triples & Quads Sudoku Strategy

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Strategy for Hidden Pairs, Hidden Triples, and Hidden Quads

Naked Pairs, Triples, and Quads are logical extensions of Hidden Pairs, Triples, and Quads.

The hidden pairs, triples, and quads technique includes searching for a set of candidates that can only appear in the proper number of squares, then removing other candidates from those same spaces. They are named “hidden” because additional possibilities are in the same squares as the pairs, triples, and quads.

As with Naked Subsets, Hidden Subsets may be extended to triplets, quads, and so on.

Consider any huge container. If naked subsets split it into two or more parts, then the sections of that container that are disjoint from those naked subsets must be occupied by hidden subsets.

Consider the following logic: If a set of N candidates is confined to N cells inside a big container. Then those cells can contain only those candidates in the set.

As a result, all candidates who are not members of the set may be securely excluded from those cells.

Diabolical Sudoku: Hidden Pairs

An example of a Hidden Pair is shown below.

example of a Hidden Pair

In this example, observe that the 4’s in box b5 are confined to two locations: a6 and b5.

Note that the 6’s in box b5 are restricted to the same two spots.

Hence, we may restrict anything 4,6 from cells b5,a6. The astute amongst you may remark that we also have a Naked Quintuple with candidates {12389} at cells abc3,c56.

This concept might be shown in the following way:

Hidden Pair 46 at a6,b5 prohibits a6=123 and b5=1389.

Again, the technique of presenting this phase in a proof is also not universal among provers and often not even uniform inside a prover.

A disclaimer is necessary for hidden and naked subsets, sometimes termed hidden and naked n-tuples.

With all n-tuples, not all candidates need to appear in all the cells, as in the latter example stated above with candidates 1,2,3.

Hidden pairs are one of my favorite setup techniques. They are often simpler to locate before entering any possibilities.

Hidden Pairs

A hidden pair emerges when a set of digits appears in two consecutive squares in a row, column, or block, but those two numbers aren’t the only ones in their squares.

All Hidden Subsets function the same manner; the only thing that varies is the number of cells and candidates impacted by the shift.

This method can eliminate a cluster of candidates from two cells, leaving behind simple pairings that may be used to develop more complicated elimination techniques.

Consider the Hidden Pair: If you can discover two cells inside a home where two candidates exist nowhere else in that house, then two candidates must be put in those two cells.

As a result, all other candidates may be eliminated.

Hidden Pairs example

Candidates 2 and 7 in the above example are only permitted in Cells G7 and G9 of Row “G.” If candidate 2 is the G7 solution, then candidate 7 must be the G9 solution.

If candidate 2 is the answer in G9, candidate 7 must be the solution in G7. As a result, Cells G7 and G9 must have a solution of 2 or 7; all other possibilities may be removed from G7 and G9.

Example of a Hidden Pair

Hidden Pair example

Looking up at the top of this moderate puzzle, we see that the numbers 6 and 7 have been located in the first two boxes. This, along with the 6 and 7 in column 7, ties the 6 and 7 in the third box to A8 and A9.

To some extent, it looks like there are many choices in A8 and A9, which is correct. However, these additional possibilities ‘conceal’ the genuine values for these cells.

Therefore, we’ve determined that 6 and 7 must be in A8 and A9 to eliminate all options. Of course, this doesn’t imply we can predict which direction the 6 and 7 will travel, but we can make 6 and 7 a Naked Pair in those cells and monitor where it takes us.

Three Hidden Pairs Example

Hidden Pairs examples

This Hidden Pairs set is more fascinating and challenging. Three things happen at once. First, [2,4] create a Pair on D3 and E3 in the blue rectangle, removing 3, 5, 6, and 7.

The red cells represent two Hidden Pairs based on [3,7], making a clean three-cell corner. Second, [3,7] only appears in two rows in row E and two cells in column 7. Finally, the highlighted yellow cells may be deleted.

How to Locate Them

How to find hidden pairs

Using pencil markings, you may quickly find Hidden Pairs. Examine the sudoku puzzle: For candidates 4 and 8, a few single pencil markings were applied. The Hidden Pair in r3c46 is instantly obvious. There is no other applicant who can enter one of those cells.

Finding bigger Hidden Subsets demands a solid short-term memory.

As a result, many players prefer utilizing bigger Naked Subsets over larger Hidden Subsets after pencil markings have been placed, although this is, of course, simply a matter of preference.

Hidden Triple

Hidden Triples function similarly as Hidden Pairs except with three cells and three candidates.
Hidden Pairs may be expanded to Hidden Triples or even Hidden Quads.

A Triple is made up of three pairs of numbers that are located in three cells in the same row, column, or box, for example, [4,8,9], [4,8,9], and [4,8,9].

However, similar to Naked Triples, we don’t require precisely three pairs of numbers in three cells for the laws to apply.

Only three numbers remain in three cells; therefore, [4,8], [4,9], and [8,9] are all equally acceptable. ; thus, Other candidates on those cells will hide hidden Triples; we have to pull them out by confirming the Triple applies to at least one unit.

Hidden Triples example

Candidates 3, 4, and 9 in the above example are only permitted in cells A6, A7, and A9 of Row “A”: three candidates for three cells. This is because no other candidate can answer in any of these cells.

Spotting the hidden triple

Two Hidden Triples Example

Hidden Triples

There are two Hidden Triples in this difficult puzzle: the first, indicated in red, is in row A. Cell A4 has [2,5,6], cell A7 has [2,6], and cell A9 has [2,5]. These three cells are the final remaining cells in row A that can hold the numbers 2, 5, and 6; hence those numbers must be entered into those cells.

As a result, we can eliminate the other choices.

Now that those possibilities have been excluded from the red cells, we observe in column 9 that [4,7,8] is distinct to cells B9, C9, and F9.

Therefore, we can exclude additional possibilities in those cells using the same rationale.

(The solution will not choose the second case since Naked Triples arrive first.)

Hidden Triples

Let’s take a look at the box in the center-right corner. Column 9’s 4,5,6 are [1,2,5,6][1,2,5,6][1,2,6].
A 1, 2, or 6 cannot be inserted in [R3C9[5,8,9]. ]’s

Also, a 1, 2, or 6 cannot be inserted in [R8C9[5,8,9]. ]’s

It looks like a 1 would fit in [R9C9]; however, this is impossible since 1 can only go in row [7] and column [7].

As a result, a triple of [1,2,6] appears in column 9’s 4,5,6.

Hidden Triples patterns (2)

As a result, [1,2,6] cannot be entered in any of the other cells of this box.

Hidden Triples patterns (3)

As a result, a [5] in [R5C8] and a [3] in [R6C8] are both verified.

Hidden Triples patterns (1)

[1] is also verified in [R7C7].

Hidden Triples No. 2

A triple of 1,7,8 appears between [R4C4], [R5C4], and [R8C4], although it’s not entirely concealed.

Hidden Triples-2 patterns (1)

Therefore, the 1 must be in [R4C4] or [R5C4]; therefore, it cannot be in [R5C6] or [R6C6].

Hidden Triples-2 patterns (2)

Hidden Triples-2 patterns (3)

As a result, 1 in [R9C6] is verified.

Hidden Quads

Quads are also made up of four digits, although we couldn’t identify a particular example of this.

So again, it will seem that there are numerous possibilities, but this strategy will work if a number cannot be put in any of the other cells.

We can extend Hidden Pairs and Triples to Quads and beyond, just as we can with Naked Pairs.

These are difficult to notice!

It’s a little tricky, but it’s a useful strategy when you’re stuck.

A Hidden Quad is a four-dimensional Hidden Subset.

When all candidates for four digits in a house are confined to just four cells, these four digits must be present in these cells. Following that, all remaining candidates in these four cells may be eliminated.

Hidden Quadruples (4 candidates in 4 cells) are uncommon. It is quite difficult to identify them without the use of pencil markings.

Hidden quads are uncommon, and they might be difficult to find unless you are searching for them explicitly.

Hidden Quad Example

Here’s an example of a Hidden Quad.

I discovered it among 18,000 Sudoku puzzles.

Only two 6s in column 7 hide four numerals [3/4/5/7] on four cells.

It hardly counts as ‘hidden,’ but it is legal. It’s worth noting that none of the cells have to have all four numbers, as long as only four cells have all four numbers and are mixed.

Hidden Quads nearly usually appear in rows, columns, and boxes with no hints or answered cells; thus, you may be excused for ignoring them in other cases.

Hidden Quads example

Klaus Brenner from Germany discovered a lot of amazing Hidden Quads, and I’ve included one here to demonstrate that they exist.

In box number 5 there are four hidden quads (1,4,6,9), and each of them can only be found in four cells [D4, D6, F4, F6]. As a result, additional possibilities (red text on yellow background) may be eliminated.

This one-of-a-kind puzzle also yields a flawlessly formed Empty Rectangle later on.

We don’t explore higher possibilities due to the availability of 9 cells in a unit.

So, if we consider a “Hidden Quin” with five candidates, there must be a corresponding Hidden Quad since 5 + 4 = 9. The same issue happens with Naked setups. It’s possible to find such animals in 12×12 or 16×16 Sudokus.

The Mysterious Hidden Quad?

Thankfully, just a few puzzles need the discovery of a hidden quad to be solved since they’re notoriously difficult to identify and devilishly difficult to solve!
Even with the highlight to help you know where to search, it may take you to find the quad! The hidden quad is an uncommon beast that is seldom seen in captivity!

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