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Thursday, September 29, 2005
  6:50 PM — Sudoku
This summer at CTY a number of my fellow instructional staff ([info]sammka) were absorbed by this thing known as Sudoku. I'd heard of it before, and I didn't quite get why it was so fascinating, especially since I barely got 6 hours of sleep as it was without adding additional distractions. A few weeks later in London I finally saw one in The Guardian and gave it a stab. It was a hard one, and I only got two rows in the end, but it was really fascinating. For the 8 hour plane ride back, I bought a couple books of it for me and T$ to keep trying. FINALLY just yesterday I found a link to WebSudoku.com, and it's probably going to supplant PBN as my internet time-waster when I've used up all the webcomics.

What is Sudoku? It's a logic puzzle that originally came from Japan (supposedly). The numbers 1-9 are used, but they're really just symbols, you don't do any math with them. You're handed a 9 by 9 grid, broken into nine smaller 3x3 boxes. Some of the numbers are already filled in, and you have to fill in the rest. There are only three rules.

It's amazing how fiendishly difficult they can get with just those three rules. Now go and try it!
 

Comments:
Sudoku is very cool, and the kind fo game that you can play at your own pace. This Flash version is very nifty and lets you save your game so that you can return and play again when you feel like.

www.sudokudaily.net

Cheers, Peter
 
Here you can play Sudoku for free : http://www.misterfast.com/uk/free-sudoku-puzzles.html
 
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