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## 'Intersection Sudoku 1' printed from http://nrich.maths.org/

Produced by Henry Kwok

### The Basic Rules of "Intersection
Sudoku"

Like the conventional Sudoku, this Sudoku variant consists of
a grid of nine rows and nine columns subdivided into nine 3x3
subgrids. Like the Sudoku Classic, it has two basic rules:

- Each column, each row, and each box (3x3 subgrid) must have the
numbers 1 to 9.
- No column, row or box can have two squares with the same
number.

The puzzle can be solved with the help of small digits in the
top parts of certain squares. The small digits stand for the
numbers in the squares horizontally and vertically adjacent to the
square that contains the set of small digits. The number of small
digits in each set can range from a minimum of 2 (in a corner of
the puzzle) to a maximum of 4 (in any square beyond the edge of the
puzzle).

#### A Short Demonstration

The first square in the top left corner of this sample (1,1)
contains a set of two small digits {3 and 8} and the square (1,3) contains
a set of three small digits {2, 3 and 9}.

If we colour the squares adjacent to (1,1) with blue, and the
squares adjacent to (1,3) with yellow, we find that the square
(1,2) is coloured both with blue and yellow. It is the intersection
of two sets of coloured squares, hence the name "Intersection
Sudoku".

As both squares (1,1) and (1,3) contain the small digit
3 , the number in square
(1,2) must be 3. This leaves the square (2,1) with the number
8.