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Weak Links |

When a candidate appears three of more times in a house, any
pair of those candidates share a WEAK LINK. If one exists, it eliminates the other but it is possible that neither exists. Any pair of 9's in this row is weakly linked. Why do we care about weak links? That's where advanced solving techniques like X-wings can in handy. If you can prove that a pair of 9's above is strongly linked, you can eliminate the remaining 9. (click here to see an X-wing example) Weak links can also refer to different candidates in the same cell. In the yellow cell, any two candidates in that cell are weakly linked. They will eliminate each other but possibly neither exists. |