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CRZ
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#1 Posted on 22.9.05 1348.56
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I'd never heard of it before this week, but there was a giant section of books of sudoku puzzles in the Barnes & Noble, and apparently it's a big enough deal that the San Jose Mercury is going to start including daily puzzles in the paper proper - they're online at the moment, however:

http://www.uclick.com/client/smc/sudoc/2005/09/22/index.html

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The object is to place 1 through 9 exactly once in each row, column, and 3x3 grouping in a 9x9 square. Good for your brain! I guess.

So perhaps the REAL question is: how far behind the times am I that I just noticed this?

EDIT: More from TODAY'S paper: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/comics/12699289.htm - I guess I'm not THAT behind...except behind the British. How embarrassing

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#2 Posted on 22.9.05 1355.00
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Alec Prosalyn a.k.a. DJ Paul Kent posted a link to Web Sudoku in chat about six weeks ago, I'm guessing. And I just put a Sudoku game (WARNING - this link might just make your computer crash, as it seems to be doing to mine right now) on my geriatric Palm m100 this week. The web one is good; the Palm one could use a little work, but it's alright.
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#3 Posted on 22.9.05 1400.58
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Locally, I just noticed that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel started carrying Sodoku. I first heard of it when a version of it was put into Runescape, a MMORPG. Apparently it has been popular in England for a while.
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#4 Posted on 22.9.05 1418.29
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Obviously (given the name) it started as a Japanese phenomenon ages ago, but became popular in the UK about four months or so back. Virtually every newspaper out there soon had its own Sudoku puzzle - even the Sun, who the stereotypical reader of probably could not count much beyond nine. I have a feeling that one paper (the Guardian possibly?) when it launched its own puzzle, put one on every page of the paper that day to celebrate. It's calmed down a little since, but I've heard that Sudoku puzzle books are still some of the top non-fiction sellers out there.
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#5 Posted on 22.9.05 1439.47
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My g/f got me into sudoku this summer, and now all the papers here in Chicago are publishing one every day.

I do like the more complex ones, like the 16X16 grids, or one book we grabbed with the 3-D sudoku cube puzzle.

These things are like crack only without the tooth loss.
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#7 Posted on 22.9.05 1645.18
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The L.A. Times added the puzzle several months ago, and the Daily News followed shortly after. (Following a multi-week "Sudoku is coming" campaign.

I also noticed when I was in DC that the Post is carrying it, too.

This and podcasting are two fads that TOTALLY snuck up on me.
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#8 Posted on 22.9.05 1839.54
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Pretty much when it took off in the UK, too. Highly addictive, as my girlfriend now needs new sudokus like a drug dealer need an addict. If I had any say over the applicable section in our paper, I'd try to push for 'em.
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#9 Posted on 22.9.05 1917.31
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The UConn School of Business gives us laptops for use during class, so I basically just do Sudokus (or whatever the plural is) all class. I've seen a few other kids doing them during class, though. Only problem is I've gotten so good that they don't seem like much of a challenge anymore. If only there was a webcryptoquote.com. Feh.
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#10 Posted on 22.9.05 2022.01
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I just remembered: I don't see it around very much, but I like the "Killer Sudoku" variant. The difference with this one is that you don't start with any numbers. Instead you are told the sum of certain boxes. Here's a "Gentle" one:
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Notice the single box that says 2, and the 3 next to it that add up to 6 (which means they must be 1, 2, and 3 in some order).
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#11 Posted on 23.9.05 0130.41
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Oooh - I might have to print out that one.

A middle-aged British man introduced me to Sudoku this summer, when we ran into each other in the Brazilian countryside (I'm not making that up) and I got hooked. The Post and the News have had them for a while, but the little free newspapers just got them recently, so I've had a new subway distraction. They're really though, and I usually can finish them (with checking) between Brooklyn Heights and Midtown with no problem.
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#12 Posted on 23.9.05 1353.21
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I tried it out...but I just don't understand it.
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#13 Posted on 23.9.05 1645.09
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    Originally posted by SOK
    I tried it out...but I just don't understand it.
Yeah, I know...when I Googled the word "failure," I got a picture of you next to a sudoku matrix.
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#14 Posted on 23.9.05 2125.00
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I had never heard of this phenomenon before and I am now hooked. These puzzles are so addictive! Thanks!
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#15 Posted on 23.9.05 2147.53
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    Originally posted by pieman
    I had never heard of this phenomenon before and I am now hooked. These puzzles are so addictive! Thanks!


his was the first I had heard of it as well. But when my wife walked into the room and saw me playing she wanted to know what the bid deal with this game is. As she had to set up a huge Sudoku display at the bookstore just yesterday.
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#16 Posted on 25.9.05 1250.54
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USA Today started printing a puzzle next to their crossword puzzle every day back in the summer and I was instantly hooked. Their 5 of 5 difficulty puzzle on Friday still has me stumped.

Being the CPA geek I am. I have an Excel spreadsheet that I put the puzzle into that totals the rows, columns, and boxes, to help me along. I'd lose track otherwise (my life long 20/20 visison is probably not so 20/20 anymore).
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