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Skyscraper Strategy

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Posted 21st Feb 2020 at 17:33
Last edited by JoergWausW 22nd Feb 2020 at 09:42
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
Just a little walkthrough for a recent Skyscraper puzzle.

Step 1:
Fill in the highest number (5) where it is possible - The clues tell you where it can't be:

Pic 1

Step 2:
Starting with the shaded cell you can determine this:

Pic 2

Step 3:
Continue with the next lower number (4):

Pic 3

Note: The shaded square can't be 4 because of the clue "2" at the top of this column.

Step 4:
Fill out the obvious.

Pic 4

Step 5:
Continue with the next lower number (3):

Pic 5

- Column 4 only has one option for 3
- Shaded cell an the one right next to it cannot be 3.

Step 6:
Do the obvious:

Pic 6

Step 7:
No more hints needed.

Posted 21st Feb 2020 at 18:39
Elisabeth Daily subscriber
Where are the pics???
Posted 21st Feb 2020 at 19:26
Last edited by JoergWausW 21st Feb 2020 at 19:33
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
You have to click the links ("Pic x").

Sorry, I don't think you can make them show up here between the paragraphs.

Posted 22nd Feb 2020 at 03:13
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
Great work, JoergWausW! And yes, you can't insert inline images - you have to click links to visit any pictures.
Posted 22nd Feb 2020 at 03:15
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
Also, this is the skyscraper puzzle itself so you can try it out.
Posted 22nd Feb 2020 at 08:23
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
thank you, gareth.
Maybe I should have done it with a free one...
Posted 22nd Feb 2020 at 08:39
bergensbest Daily subscriber
JoergWausW Thanks for this. I always enjoy skyscrapers but have never used this method of tackling one before. I like it!!
Posted 22nd Feb 2020 at 09:40
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
Thank you.

If you do a bigger one, you may want to decide for how long you want to go with this.
For example: If I do a 7x7, and I end up with too many possible 5 squares, then I switch back to filling out everything and eliminating from there, because it becomes too hard to track (for me). In other puzzles I keep to this strategy from 7 down to 3...

Can't we try a 9x9 Skyscraper? (*duck*)

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