### Consecutive Pairs Sudoku by Akash Doulani

*In puzzles where the clue distributions are symmetric, a general concept is that you can often use an approximation for one portion of the puzzle’s symmetry if you have one for the other side. Will this thinking apply to Akash Doulani’s puzzle here?*

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**Author/Opus:** This is the 16th puzzle from guest contributor Akash Doulani.

**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:** 3.5 stars

**Time Standards (highlight to view):** Grandmaster = 5:30, Master = 7:30, Expert = 15:00

**Solution:** PDF and solving animation.

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