Last Digit / Full House



Last Digit / Full House

This method is very easy to recognize and to solve.

Have a look at box #7 highlighted in the Sudoku here.
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You can see that there's only one empty cell - R7C2.

All the other cells in this box are filled and contain all the digits '1'-'9', except for '7'.
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The Basic Rule of Sudoku says that every house must contain all the digits '1' through '9' -

therefore R7C2 has to be '7' because it's the only missing digit from this box.

All the other cells in this box are filled and contain all the digits '1'-'9', except for '7'.
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This scenario is called a full house - it means that all the cells are filled in within a house except for one.

You can be certain which digit should be in that one cell, since a house always contains all the digits '1' till '9', one time each.

Here's another example of a full house, this time it's in row number 6.

Can you see which digit should be in R6C4?
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It definitely must be '8', since that's the only missing digit in row 6.

A Full house can be found in a row, column and box.
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