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Rectangle Outline Sudoku

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Invented by Henry Kwok

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Rules of Rectangle Outline Sudoku

This Sudoku variant has two additional rules.

As usual, the object of the puzzle is to fill in the whole 9x9 grid with numbers 1 through 9 so that each row, each column and each box must contain all the nine different numbers 1 to 9 irrespective of order.

The two additional rules of the variant are as follows:
  1. Each of the two main diagonals of the puzzle must have the numbers 1 to 9.

  2. Within the 9x9 pattern there is a highlighted "rectangle" with its width four and length six cells respectively. Each width of the "rectangle" outline must contain all the four numbers 1 to 4. Similarly, each length of the "rectangle" must contain all the six numbers 1 to 6.