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Solving "The Miracle" sudoku - A top sudoku player solves a puzzle with non-standard restrictions that he initially assumes is an impossible joke

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  1. Deimos
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    This was a really enjoyable video to watch. It's great to watch the progression after he starts out with an opinion like, "this is dumb, they're just trolling me," and gradually figures out how to...

    This was a really enjoyable video to watch. It's great to watch the progression after he starts out with an opinion like, "this is dumb, they're just trolling me," and gradually figures out how to work his way through it.

    8 votes
  2. ThatFanficGuy
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    Just damn brilliant. I'm an avid sudoku player: so much so that friends bring me paperbacks of those from abroad. I've never done crazy ones like this. Watching him resolve all this – going from...

    Just damn brilliant.

    I'm an avid sudoku player: so much so that friends bring me paperbacks of those from abroad. I've never done crazy ones like this. Watching him resolve all this – going from "this is not possible" to "this is gonna solve" – was enjoyable in a very relatable way.

    4 votes
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    cfabbro
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    I love how quick he was to dismiss it, and the joy and amazement that slowly builds over time as he realizes he is not being trolled, but witnessing a work of sublime genius instead. I doubt I...

    I love how quick he was to dismiss it, and the joy and amazement that slowly builds over time as he realizes he is not being trolled, but witnessing a work of sublime genius instead. I doubt I could have even solved the puzzle, so how it was made in the first place is entirely beyond me. Incredible!

    3 votes
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      Wulfsta
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      I imagine there is some group theory behind it that makes sense. There appears to be more to the pattern than he points out.

      I imagine there is some group theory behind it that makes sense. There appears to be more to the pattern than he points out.

      3 votes
      1. vektor
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        I've done a bunch of the sudokus he's done on the show. I should note that I usually take 3-4 times as long as he, and sometimes I have to check my work by checking what he's done. There are some...

        I've done a bunch of the sudokus he's done on the show. I should note that I usually take 3-4 times as long as he, and sometimes I have to check my work by checking what he's done. There are some rules where I'm actually as fast or even faster than him, usually the more unusual ones. I suspect he's done so many killer and chess sudokus that he's got a very good intuition of where to look to find his next digit. I don't have that, but I was much more able to wrap my head around rules that just bend his mind out of shape.

        Unfortunately, I'm not sure which sudoku specifically it was where I beat his time, but judging from the list of vids I've watched, it might've been this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrzIDnDxJqY

        1 vote
  4. Apos
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    I really like that channel. I've been following them since before Covid-19 and they are really wholesome. I'm so glad they are growing. I really like when they do alternate puzzles not based on...

    I really like that channel. I've been following them since before Covid-19 and they are really wholesome. I'm so glad they are growing. I really like when they do alternate puzzles not based on Sudoku.

    When I hear their opening music, I'm always happier.

    2 votes
  5. Wes
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    That was lovely to watch. Thank you for sharing.

    That was lovely to watch. Thank you for sharing.

    2 votes