Has One Simple Rule
in the grid so that every row, every column, and
every 3-by-3 box contains all of the digits 1 through 9.
on the Sudoku Puzzle to see the full answer...
you discovered Sudoku yet?
few decades a fad game that is fun and challenging gets discovered.
Newspaper crossword puzzles took the world by storm in the 1920s.
Rubik's Cube is one that you may remember from the 1980s.
game craze currently sweeping the globe is the Japanese-based
game called Sudoku. This simple number grid puzzle has a lot in
common with the logic cube that teased and delighted so many.
first Sudoku puzzles were created in 1979 by a freelance puzzle
designer, Howard Garnes. The originals were published in New York
and were called Number Place. A bit more than twenty years
after they made their debut, the simple squares have taken over
classrooms, computer desktops, college campuses and board rooms
as Sudoku solvers work on filling in the missing numbers.
There are even Sudoku variations using colors instead of numbers
to entice the preschool set to logic until the grids are color-ful.
game is simple. There's only one rule.
with a grid made up of nine rows and nine columns. Some of the
numbers are filled in. The goal is to fill in the rest of the
boxes so that each row, each column and each small box of nine
squares contains the numbers 1 through 9.
name of the puzzle comes from this rule. The Japanese phrase,
"Suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru,"
means the numbers used must be single (unmarried). Sudoku (SU
number, DOKU single) soon became the accepted name for the game.
a well-constructed Sudoku grid there is one and only one correct
solution. Whether you're a trial and error solver or a purist
who insists on solutions without erasers...patience and logic
will get you to the right answer. Are you ready?
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has the scoop on the Sudoku
game including its history, how to play and how it wandered from
NYC, to Japan, to New Zealand, to England and back to the USA
- taking the world on a logic trip.
Daily Puzzle - Come back every day for a new game, or
join the busy discussion boards, browse related links, and learn
more about the game at the Soduku FAQ.
- This is the Web site of Wayne Gould, who many name as the one
person most responsible for the current craze. He convinced the
London Times to print the puzzle...and the rest is history. The
site has a shareware program that you can buy to produce the same
Sudoku puzzles that have been featured in the Times since November
2004. Pappocom's Sudoku site also has a good explanation of how
to play and some hints
to get you started.
- Puzzles to solve...including a mind-bending 3-D version... competitions,
forums and a Suduko Solving Document that will help to get you
started with the Suduko puzzle mania...
- Four puzzles daily...take your pick of Daily Delicious, Daily
Pernicious, Daily Malicious or Daily Atrocious ... or complete
all four if you can!
Fun - Geoff wrote in to suggest this site saying... "Thought
I'd suggest a site for the directory because I've been spending
too much time at www.sudokufun.com... I need some more competition
there.. :-)" See how your best time stacks up in the Sudoku
Doku Solver -
Open source solver for those who lack the time or patience to
complete a puzzle on their own...