This is almost a Jellyfish. If you look
at the four yellow rows,
If the blue cell didn't contain a 1, then candidate 1 would be
confined to just four columns in those four rows.
But this isn't the case. The pesky blue cell ruins our
Jellyfish. So the blue cell is the fin. Our
target cell is now r9c4 (with the slashed 1) because it resides in
the box with the fin (box 8). So consider just two
So either way, the slashed 1 can be removed.
- The blue cell is a 1. This would
eliminate the slashed 1 in r9c4
- The blue cell is NOT a 1. Now we would
have a nice valid jellyfish which would also remove the slashed 1
You might notice that some of the yellow cells don't contain a 1.
Why is this?
The 16 cells are highlighted in yellow to show the 4x4 nature of the
jellyfish. It is not necessary that candidate 1 be present in all
16 cells. What's important is that the candidiate 1 is confined
to just four columns in the four selected rows. (Because of the
fin, the 1's are present in 5 columns in those 4 rows)