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Hidden Single

This technique is based on the fact that all units (rows, columns, and blocks) must contain each digit 1-9. If a candidate can only exist in one cell in a unit, the cell must contain that digit.

Consider the sudoku below.

6
6
2 7 ?

The cells r4c4 and r5c1 eliminate the candidate 6 from rows 4 and 5. Consequently, the only cell remaining in the right block that has the candidate 6 is r6c9, so it must contain the digit 6.
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