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# Solving Techniques 15 Unique Rectangles

The cells that that contain [12] in the diagram below would work as both:
1 2
2 1
or
2 1
1 2
It can be either solution.
We presume that a Sudoku problem can’t have two solutions.

[34], on the other hand, can’t be switched around. They wouldn’t be switched within the same box, so the numbers can’t be switched.

## Unique Rectangles 1

Like the diagram, this is a pattern where the [12] can be switched around. If it can be switched, it wouldn’t work as a Sudoku problem, so in the cells indicated in red, either a [3] or [4] is entered.

## Unique Rectangles 2

In this pattern, one of the upper two cells with [123], will definitely be a [3]. Hence, [3] won’t go in the cell marked red and it will be a [4].

## Unique Rectangles 3

In this pattern, one of the lower two cells with [123], will definitely be a [3]. That means, [3] can’t be in the other cells in the box. Also, a [3] can’t be entered in line H of the boxes to the left and right.

## Unique Rectangles 4

An [8] or [9] will definitely be entered in either the [129] cell or [1289] cell. There is a cell at the very bottom with [89] as candidates. If an [8] is entered in the blue cell above, then the pink cell will be a [9]. If the blue cell is a [9], then the pink cell will be an [8], so [8] or [9] can’t be entered in the cells marked with X’s.

## Unique Rectangles 5

An [8] or [9] will definitely be entered in the [128] cell or [129] cell. The pink cell only has [89] as candidates. This means if an [8] or [9] is entered into either one of the blue cells, the pink cells will become [8] or [9], so [8][9] can’t be entered into the cells marked with X’s.

## Unique Rectangles 6

An [8] or [9] will go into either one of the [128][129] cells below. However, there are no open cells in this line where a [1] can be entered. Therefore, a [1] will have to go in one of the blue cells below, so a [2] can’t be entered into one of the blue cells at the bottom.

## Unique Rectangles 7

Lets examine the [128][129] cells. In this line, a [1] can’t be entered into any of the empty cells. This means, in either one of the [128][129] cells a [1] has to be entered, and [2] can be eliminated as a candidate.

## Names of cells in Sudoku

 R1C1 R1C2 R1C3 R1C4 R1C5 R1C6 R1C7 R1C8 R1C9 R2C1 R2C2 R2C3 R2C4 R2C5 R2C6 R2C7 R2C8 R2C9 R3C1 R3C2 R3C3 R3C4 R3C5 R3C6 R3C7 R3C8 R3C9 R4C1 R4C2 R4C3 R4C4 R4C5 R4C6 R4C7 R4C8 R4C9 R5C1 R5C2 R5C3 R5C4 R5C5 R5C6 R5C7 R5C8 R5C9 R6C1 R6C2 R6C3 R6C4 R6C5 R6C6 R6C7 R6C8 R6C9 R7C1 R7C2 R7C3 R7C4 R7C5 R7C6 R7C7 R7C8 R7C9 R8C1 R8C2 R8C3 R8C4 R8C5 R8C6 R8C7 R8C8 R8C9 R9C1 R9C2 R9C3 R9C4 R9C5 R9C6 R9C7 R9C8 R9C9