Sudoku by Thomas Snyder
[This puzzle comes from the 2022 US Sudoku Grand Prix round. This puzzle is the last 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. This is a “just one cell” type Sudoku, one of my trademarks, where the first move is very limited and I’m 99% sure your first digit placement will be an eight in box 8 even if you’ll find it by thinking of other numbers first.]
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Theme: Hidden Theme
Author/Opus: This is the 435th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.
Estimated Difficulty: 3 stars
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Loved the puzzle, took me a while but it was worth it