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Neighbours Help Section

Can you complete the grid and satisfy the neighbour symbols?

Complete the grid such that every row and column contains every number exactly once. The symbols on the grid indicate neighbours (e.g. 1 >< 2, 3 >< 4, 2 >< 1). Rule 1 - a symbol between = the numbers are neighbours. Rule 2 - NOT a symbol between = the numbers are NOT neighbours. What are the symbols for? The symbols are double arrows that point to two numbers that are neighbours of each other, e.g. 1><2, 3><2, 3><4.

Neighbours Puzzle Start

Puzzle Start

This is the start of the puzzle. This example highlights the importance of the lack of a neighbour symbol.

Neighbours Step 2

Step 2

Because the <1> has no neighbour symbols, these squares in this row cannot be <2>.

Neighbours Step 3

Step 3

Because neither <1> has a neighbour symbol, these squares in this column cannot be <2>.

Neighbours Step 4

Step 4

Because the <2> has a neighbour symbol, this square must be either <1> or <3>. However, there is already a <1> in both the row and column, therefore this square is the <3>.

Neighbours Step 5

Step 5

This row and column can now be completed.

Neighbours Step 6

Step 6

As neither the <2> nor the <4> has a neighbour symbol, these squares cannot be <3>.

Neighbours Step 7

Step 7

This square cannot be <4>, and the row can be completed.

Neighbours Step 8

Step 8

There is already a <4> in this row, so the <4> for this column can't go in this square, and the column completes.

Neighbours Step 9

Step 9

Because the <1> has no neighbour symbol, this square cannot be <2>. The puzzle quickly completes.

Neighbours Finished Puzzle

Finished Puzzle

The completed puzzle.

Neighbours Note 1

Note 1

This square has to be <3> because of the neighbour symbol next to the <4>.

Neighbours Note 2

Note 2

This square CANNOT be <3> because there isn't a neighbour symbol next to the <4>.

Neighbours Note 3

Note 3

Because of the given <2> and the neighbour symbol, A can only be <1> or <3>. Therefore B could be <2> or <4> - however, B can't be 4 as the <5> has no neighbour symbol. So B must be <2> (and A is either <1> or <3>).