Naked Singles



Naked Singles

Remember buddy cells?
Buddy cells are cells that are in the same house (same row, same column or same box).

Have a look at R5C8 in this puzzle, its buddy cells are highlighted in grey.
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Let's examine the possible values of R5C8 - these are called candidates.

To begin with, R5C8 can be any digit between '1' and '9'.

So let's keep a note of this on the side.

The notes in the image are called pencil marks and we'll discuss this in detail on the next tutorial
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Looking at row number 5 - we have '2', '9' and '3' already in use.

Being on the same row as R5C8, this means that R5C8 cannot contain '2', '3' or '9'.

The basic rule says that a digit can appear only once on the same row.
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So let's eliminate '2', '3' and '9' from our candidate list.
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Looking at R5C8's box - we have '1', '5', '6' and '7' used already.

The basic rule says that a digit can appear only once on the same box,

So let's eliminate '1', '5', '6' and '7' from our candidate list for R5C8.
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Last, we'll examine R5C8's column - it has '2' and '4'.

Once again, a digit can appear only once on the same row so we'll eliminate '2' and '4' from the candidate list for R5C8 ('2' was already eliminated).
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That's it, what do we have left on our candidate list for R5C8?

There's only one possibility left and it's an '8'.

So R5C8 must be an '8'.
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Here's another example of a naked single.

Can you see the answer for R4C6?
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Once again it's an '8', because its buddy cells contain every digit from '1' through '9', except for '8'.
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