[This puzzle comes from the 2022 US Sudoku Grand Prix round. This variation again uses a double eights theme, both with two large eight shapes and a pair of given eights in one corner. I like getting complicated consecutive pair patterns that don’t leave a lot of options for singles in some of the regions, and this double eights pattern achieved this goal well to make a fair but difficult competition puzzle.]
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Theme: Double Eights
Author/Opus: This is the 440th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.
Rules: Standard Consecutive Pairs Sudoku rules. (If a gray circle is given between two adjacent cells, then the two numbers in those cells must be consecutive. Note not all gray circles are given; adjacent cells without a circle may contain either consecutive numbers or nonconsecutive numbers.)
Estimated Difficulty: 3 stars
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