## Introduction

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## Learn the basic rules of Minesweeper.

The first thing to learn about Minesweeper is the basic rules of the game. There are several things you need to know:

- The number of mines in a square: Each mine-free square has a number hidden underneath it, which varies from zero to eight. This represents how many mines are adjacent to that square and whether it’s safe not just for you but also anyone else who might step on it later (because if they do, your game is over).
- The number of squares in a row, column, or diagonal: This tells you how far along that line there are no more mines—or rather, how far along until there’s still one or two left at each end (which can be very frustrating).
- The number of mines left in the game: This should always be visible at any given time—if it isn’t then something has gone wrong!

## Find all squares where you can safely click without fear of triggering a mine.

Find all squares where you can safely click without fear of triggering a mine.

To do this, use the same rules as before to find mines and safe areas. Once again, look for patterns that repeat in each column or row—and then look for squares where these patterns don’t repeat. If a square doesn’t have an X or an O in it, then you know it’s safe to click!

## If a number is surrounded by squares that are all marked as mines, and there are no other unmarked squares around it, then the square in question has to be a mine.

If a number is surrounded by squares that are all marked as mines, and there are no other unmarked squares around it, then the square in question has to be a mine.

For example:

- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 <— These numbers have been marked with flags (or circles) and have been cleared of any previous flags by clicking on them. So they’re safe! They’re not mines because they are surrounded by “freed” numbers (i.e., numbers without flags).
- 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302

## If a number is surrounded by squares that are all filled in with numbers, then the square in question is safe to click.

If a number is surrounded by squares that are all filled in with numbers, then the square in question is safe to click. If you click on an empty space and there are no other unmarked squares around it (i.e., they’re all filled in), then your guess was wrong and that square was actually a mine.

It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be right every time—the only thing that matters is getting closer to guessing correctly than your opponent does. As long as you’re both making mistakes, the game will go on until one person wins or someone gives up because they’ve run out of time!

## – Use the same “rules” to find mines and safe areas.

- If you use the same rules to find mines and safe areas, you’ll win.
- Don’t try to calculate math while playing Minesweeper.

It’s a game of logic! If you follow the rules, you will win.

## Don’t try to use math while solving Minesweeper; just remember the rules and apply them!

- Don’t try to use math while solving Minesweeper; just remember the rules and apply them!
- When you start playing, you should know that you have a 1 in 8 chance of getting a mine on the first click, 1 in 7 on the second click, and so on. This means that if there are 40 mines left on your board after all of your “safe” clicks (ones where you do not uncover any mines), then there is still only a 7% chance that any given square will have a mine underneath it. Therefore, if you avoid putting yourself into situations where this would happen (e.g., if you don’t put yourself in danger by clicking directly next to an uncovered square) then it becomes much easier to tell whether or not something is safe without having to resort to math calculations!

## Conclusion

Good luck on your journey to becoming a Minesweeper Master!