Nick Jordan

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Sudoku

I’ve become totally, helplessly addicted to Sudoku, a Japanese logic puzzle which can be anything from ridiculously easy to fiendishly difficult. The concept is simple: take a nine-by-nine grid of squares and divide it into nine three-by-three squares using bold lines, chuck in a few numbers to start off with and off you go. Each row, each column and each three-by-three block must contain all the digits from one to nine. It sounds simple and it is, with the easy puzzles giving you plenty of information to start you off. The more challenging ones give you fewer numbers to start with and have them carefully arranged to cause maximum headaches.

I’ve been doing the Times’ daily puzzles, which start on Mondays with a nice simple problem and finish on Saturdays with a prize problem, and I’ve also been scouring the net for more in order to feed my growing habit. This thing could eat my life very quickly if I let it.

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  1. Frozen Vzar Thursday, 11th May, 2006, 12:42 pm

    I think the http://samurai-sudoku.com do the best on solving samurai sudoku, greetings!!!

    ^^ thanks men!

  2. SEXY CHIK! Friday, 19th May, 2006, 1:49 am

    I think Sudokuis great! It has kept me entertained for about 4 months now! My friends hate it but i like it!
    If you really love sudoku, try this site: http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/sudokus/sudokufaq.php there is about 100 to 150 puzzles on there!

  3. SEXY CHIK! Friday, 19th May, 2006, 1:51 am

    hehehe

  4. SEXY CHIK! Friday, 19th May, 2006, 1:52 am

    whos the actual creator of sudoku?

  5. SEXY CHIK! Friday, 19th May, 2006, 1:52 am

    does anyone know?

  6. Nahoo Friday, 16th June, 2006, 12:00 am

    You can make Samurai Sudoku puzzles at: http://sudokugenerator.com/samurai/generator . These people are having their Samurai Sudoku in the Times on Saturday.

  7. Mochek Friday, 30th June, 2006, 7:41 am

    Here is sudoku game with its own unique style.

    http://www.veryfreesudoku.com

  8. Col Monday, 17th July, 2006, 12:26 pm

    There are thousands of sudoku puzzles to print, solve and enjoy at http://www.MillionPoundSudoku.com

  9. Mark H. Hendricks Thursday, 3rd August, 2006, 7:29 pm

    Dear Friends:

    I realize it does not fit with the traditional idea, but can such a puzzle made with the numbers 1-6 or 1-12?

  10. RubeusH Tuesday, 22nd August, 2006, 8:09 pm

    Wow – just found this site, http://www.shendoku.com, it looks like the first actual game based on SuDoku. Anybody know anything about it yet, or have the book? I’m going to buy at the end of this month – so if anyone wants a game….

  11. Shen Thursday, 21st September, 2006, 2:12 pm

    Hi there

    just wanted to publically thank RubeusH for his plug on your blog, and to let you know that we have another Sudoku derived game out today for Christmas. Its called “FindYour9” and details can be found at lulu.com/shendoku

    Think inside the grid.
    Shen

  12. Sudoku Tuesday, 24th October, 2006, 10:56 am

    if you are into Sudoku you shall check out Kakuro which is a new puzzle game that’s getting popular lately

  13. Khalil Wednesday, 3rd January, 2007, 8:50 pm

    Does anyone know where to publish a Sudoku research paper?

  14. M White Tuesday, 20th February, 2007, 6:35 pm

    Anyone out there who is a Sudoku Master? Anyone know of courses? I need a “total immersion” weekend from a Sudoku master – I would be happy to help set up such a residential course.

    I’m a qualified chef/caterer – could help in any way.
    Would just love to be able to solve the “tough” ones!

    Hope someone can help – Maureen W.

  15. Nicki Thursday, 13th March, 2008, 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the info, I love sudoku

    Nick
    http://www.diversehampers.co.uk

  16. Jorge Wednesday, 19th March, 2008, 9:38 am
  17. Jim Saturday, 19th April, 2008, 6:00 pm

    I am a big fan of sudoku thanks very much

  18. Dave Tuesday, 27th May, 2008, 1:40 pm

    So do I, although I have to say my wife is better than I am

  19. TyroneGlover Monday, 4th August, 2008, 4:07 pm

    good sites,

  20. Bluedrop Saturday, 1st November, 2008, 8:45 pm

    If you want not just to play sudoku but to also learn hot tips and increase your skill, i recommend http://www.printablesudokuonline.com. It has 5 very easy sudoku puzzles per day, 5 easy sudoku puzzles per day, 4 hard sudoku puzzles per day, 1 very hard sudoku puzzle per day and access to the e-book “Secrets to Solving Sudoku Puzzles”!

    Enjoy!


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