Solve the 15th May NYT hard Sudoku at one step. Need to wait for the critical breakthrough after two major breakthroughs using power techniques.

### NYT Hard Sudoku 15th May 2024: One Step Solution

Hidden singles R3C8 1, R3C4 8, R6C1 6.

Single digit lock on 8 in R6 and C7: naked single R4C5 8.

X wing on 6 in R1C4, R1C6, R4C4, R4C6: hidden singles R9C5 6, R8C9 6, R5C7 6.

X wing on 8 in R6C7, R6C9, R7C7, R7C9: breakthrough naked singles R7C1 7, R9C1 5, R8C1 8, Cycle (2,9) in left bottom major square, naked singles R8C3 1, R6C2 1.

Cycles (1,3) in C1, (2,9) and (4,7) in R9: hidden single R8C8 9.

Cycle (3,5) in R8: hidden single R7C5 4.

Single digit lock on 2 in C3: hidden single R7C2 2, R9C3 9, R9C4 2, R7C6 2, R1C2 9.

Double digit scan for (4,8) in R4, R5: Cycle (4,8) in R6 and naked single R5C9 5: This provides the critical breakthrough.

Rest are easy. Start with naked single R5C9 5 or R9C8 4.

Intermediate stage shown for easier understanding.

#### NYT Hard Sudoku 15th May 2024: One Step Solution: Intermediate stage

#### NYT Hard Sudoku 15th May 2024: One Step Solution: Final stage

Start with naked single R5C9 5 or R9C8 4.

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