# Help – Hitori

Objectives / Rules

• Eliminate numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column.
• Eliminate numbers by marking them in Black.
• Black squares can't touch horizontally or vertically (diagonally is ok).
• Any White square can be reached from every other (i.e. they are connected).

See the Walkthrough or Advanced Ideas below for extra tips and tricks.

What is the objective?
To eliminate duplicate numbers in the rows and columns.

You can only have (at most) one of any given number in each row and column (sometimes none).

Sometimes you don't have any of a given number in a row or column, and sometimes there are no Black squares in a row or column.

Click or move your mouse over the puzzle to see the answer.

## Walkthrough

Step 1
This is the start of the puzzle.

Solve this puzzle for yourself at the same time.

Step 2
As we're only allowed one <3> in Column 4, one of these squares must be Black. Whichever square that is, the square between the two must be White.

Step 3
As we've now found a <5> in Column 4, all other <5>'s in the same Row or Column must be Black.

Step 4
All squares surrounding a Black one must be White.

Step 5
We've found a <3> in Column 3, so this square is Black (and those surrounding it are White).

Step 6
This square is Black as we've already a <3> in Column 4.

Step 7
Since every White square can be reached from any other, this square must be White to avoid the <5> in the corner becoming isolated.

Step 8
We've already a <1> in Column 5, so this square is Black.

Step 9
These squares must be White to avoid isolated White squares next to them.

Step 10
These squares are Black as we've already a <4> in Row 3, and a <3> in Column 2.

Step 11
If this square was Black we would split the puzzle into two sections, and the White squares would be isolated from each other. So this square must be White to avoid this.

Step 12
This square must be Black as we've already a <1> in Column 2, and the puzzle will then complete.

Step 14
The completed puzzle.