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CalcuDoku Help

Rules / Objectives Summary

• Complete the grid such that every row and column contains the digits 1 to the size of the grid.
• Each row and column contains each digit only once.
• A cage clue tells you the answer after the cage values have undergone the specified mathematical operation.
• The clue doesn't tell you which way around the digits occur, just the answer to the calculation.
• A digit may appear more than once in a cage (which is different to Killer Sudoku).

See the Walkthrough for extra tips and tricks.

 What are the little numbers and mathematical symbols for?These tell you the answer when the digits in the cage undergo that mathematical operation.Move your mouse over the puzzle to see the answer.

Walkthrough

 Step 1This is the start of the puzzle. This puzzle has a number of different solution methods, see if you can find another way of solving it.Solve this puzzle for yourself at the same time. Step 2The only way to make 12 in two squares using multiplication is 3 x 4. Step 3The only way to make 4 in two squares using multiplication is 1 x 4 (as we can't have two 2's in the row). Step 4The only way to make 7 in three squares using addition is 1 + 2 + 4. Step 5As we know where the <1>, <2> and <4> of Row 1 are, we know that this square is <3>. Step 6As this cage must equal 2 under subtraction, it must be 3 - 1, which makes this square <1>. Step 7Neither of these squares can contain <4>. This is because the 12x clue in this column MUST contain the <4>.Can you see an alternative solution method that involves the 9+ cage and the missing numbers from Column 4 (that add to 6)? Step 8Removing <4> on the previous step forced the <1> of this cage, which makes this square the <4>. Step 9As we now know where the <1> for this column is, we can remove it from this square leaving the <2>. Step 10As we now know where the <2> from Row 1 and the <4> for Column 1 are we can remove both of these from this square leaving <1>. Step 11Row 1 is only missing its <4>, and that must go in this square. Step 12This square can only be <2> as the other numbers are either in Row 4 or Column 4. Step 13Both of these numbers are forced as each only has one number left in the Row or Column. Step 14As we know where the <4> for Row 3 is, we can remove it from this leaving the <3>, which forces the remaining square in Column 2 to be <4>. Step 15This square can only be <2> as all other numbers already occur in the row or column. Step 16These squares are now forced as each only has one number left in the row or column. Step 17There is only one number that this square can be, and the puzzle completes. Step 18The completed puzzle.