Killer Sudoku Puzzles

Killer Sudoku is a logic puzzle that combines elements of Sudoku and Kakuro. Fill the grid with numbers 1-9, just like regular Sudoku, ensuring no repeats in rows, columns, or 3x3 blocks. Groups of cells called "cages" have a target sum displayed in the corner. The numbers within each cage must add up to that target.

Test your math skills, problem-solving ability, and strategic thinking with Killer Sudoku. To succeed in this fast-paced game of logic, each row and column must be filled out according to the grid size - one through nine or six!

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Killer Sudoku is a variation of the classic Sudoku puzzle, combining elements of Sudoku and Kakuro. Here’s a detailed overview:

Basic Rules:

  1. Standard Sudoku Rules: Each row, column, and 3x3 sub-grid must contain all digits from 1 to 9 without repetition.
  2. Cages: The grid contains irregularly shaped groups of cells, known as cages, outlined with dotted lines. Each cage has a number in the top-left corner indicating the sum of the digits within that cage.
  3. No Repetition Within Cages: Just like rows, columns, and sub-grids, cages also cannot contain repeated digits.


  1. Sum Constraints: Use the sum of the digits within cages to narrow down possibilities. For example, a two-cell cage summing to 3 can only be (1,2) in some order.
  2. Combination Limits: Some sums have limited possible combinations, making it easier to deduce specific digits.
  3. Cross-Referencing: Use the interactions between cages, rows, columns, and sub-grids to eliminate possibilities and solve cells.
  4. Hidden/Naked Pairs: Similar to classic Sudoku, look for pairs of numbers that can only fit in two cells within a row, column, or cage to eliminate other possibilities.

Tips for Solving:

  • Start Small: Begin with cages that have fewer cells or unique sums.
  • Use Pencil Marks: Keep track of potential candidates in each cell, updating them as you deduce new information.
  • Look for Easy Wins: Identify any cages where only one combination of numbers fits.
  • Sum Tricks: Remember that the sum of 1 through 9 is 45. Use this to figure out missing numbers in a nearly completed row, column, or sub-grid.


If you have a cage in a 9x9 Killer Sudoku grid that sums to 15 and has three cells, the possible combinations of digits are:

  • (1, 5, 9)
  • (2, 4, 9)
  • (2, 5, 8)
  • (3, 4, 8)
  • (3, 5, 7)
  • (4, 5, 6)

By cross-referencing these combinations with other constraints from intersecting rows, columns, and sub-grids, you can often eliminate many possibilities.

Advanced Techniques:

  • Innies and Outies: Consider the relationship between cells inside and outside a particular region (such as a sub-grid) to deduce the value of a group of cells.
  • Killer Squares: Use the intersection of sums from different cages to find exact values.
  • Cage Overlaps: When cages overlap with each other or with rows/columns, use these intersections to narrow down possible values.

Killer Sudoku adds a delightful layer of arithmetic challenge to the logic of traditional Sudoku, making it a favorite for puzzle enthusiasts who enjoy both number puzzles and logical deduction.