Sudoku by Thomas Snyder
[This puzzle comes from the 2022 US Sudoku Grand Prix round. This puzzle is the second of three classic Sudoku that did not have a visual theme, however (spoiler for hidden theme and solving path) the digit eight is still a key part of the theme, one of three isolated digits in their rows/columns that are part of several X-wing patterns in the grid; in this case the eight is not as key initially as the other numbers but it still highlights a way to look at the grid and make progress.]
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Theme: Hidden Theme
Author/Opus: This is the 434th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.
Estimated Difficulty: 3 stars
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