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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The completed puzzle.

## Advanced Ideas

We are only allowed one <1> in Column 3, so one of these squares must be Black. Whichever is Black, the square between them must be White.

Just considering the <1>'s in Row 1 we know that the right-hand <1> cannot be White, otherwise both of the others would have to be Black, which isn't allowed. Therefore the right-hand <1> is Black.

One of the <2>'s in Column 2 is Black. If the top one is Black, then the <5> to its left must be White, but also the <3> below the <5> must be White to avoid isolated White squares. Or the bottom <2> is Black, which means the <3> to its left is White. In both cases, the <3> indicated is White.

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