Monday, April 03, 2006

The Joy of Sudoku

That's not a euphemism.

So... I first saw sudoku about a year ago, just (just) before it got all popular... but I never took the time to actually play it. And then, well, I spend every Conference Sunday with Elder L and his family... and he and I sat down to do my very first sudoku puzzle.

Man, that stuff is addictive.

Sudoku, anyone?


Foxx said...

Yes, please.

Silus Grok said...


Susan M said...

I love it. I got introduced to it by my kids, who do it in their math classes at school. My daughter's a whiz at it.

Silus Grok said...

No doubt! Elder L's boys were looking over my shoulder at the kitchen table... "Lemme help!" I felt like my dad with the VCR.

jeff g said...

Just in case anybody hadn't seen this link:

Bryce said...

My anti-sudoku rant.

Silus Grok said...

I don't care for word puzzles... I have enough arcana filling my mind without them. I like sudoku because I LOVE patterns... so, though nowhere near as erudite as the NYT crossword, I think I'll stick to the sudoku.

: P

As for playing it online... I scribble when I do this, and that's not very easy to do with the screen version.

jeff g said...

Actually, playing it online is a great way to develop strategies which not only do not require scribbling, but are actually more effective.

My strategy is this:

First I consider only 1's then 2's and so on until I have considered only 9's.

Second, I do this again.

Then I move on to considering individual rows and 9-square blocks.

With this strategy I get in the top 15% on "hard" almost every time.

Floyd the Wonderdog said...

I prefer the uclick on-line sudoku puzzles. They allow me to make notes in the squares, which I really like.

Here's a link or three.

Silus Grok said...

Good heavens, who knew sudoku would be more popular than my bacon-styled bandages post?!

Great links, everyone... and I especially like the strategy pointers! Thanks!

Free Sudoku puzzles said...

I love this game. Here you can play Sudoku for free :

Rijk Willemse said...

I am addicted to Sudoku! I made an inventory of methods for solving even the most difficult Sudoku. Start with looking for duo's, it's an eye opener!
Check for details.

Good luck!

Silus Grok said...

Okay, guys... I love sudoku, but I don't want this thread hijacked by sudoku ads.

No more linkies.