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Help – Sudoku XYZ-Wing 

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An XYZ-Wing is a very advanced technique which can eliminate certain candidates from squares and is a very similar technique to XY-Wing.

We are looking for three squares. This time the first square contains XYZ and we require a buddy of this square to contain XZ. We then require another buddy of the XYZ square to contain YZ.

Any squares that are buddies to all three squares, XYZ, XZ & YZ cannot contain Z. Why? Because no matter which way around the digits go, the Z will be in one of the three squares.

XYZ-Wing 1
In this Sudoku X=7, Y=8 & Z=9. R4C4 is XYZ. R4C2 is XZ. R6C4 is YZ. So no buddies of all three squares R4C4, R4C2 & R6C4 can contain <9>.

XYZ-Wing 2
In this Sudoku X=6, Y=3 & Z=2. R8C8 is XYZ. R8C2 is XZ. R9C8 is YZ. So no buddies of all three squares R8C8, R8C2 & R9C8 can contain <2>.

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