Monday, January 14, 2008

Sudoku Junkie

Yes, I have to admit it. I am a Sudoku junkie. I have played this game so many times that I pretty much know all the tricks to figuring these suckers out, even some of the most challenging puzzles.

It's to the point now where I don't even do the Monday through Friday Sudoku puzzles in the Times Picayune. And when I hunch over the weekend newspapers which contain the supposedly most difficuly puzzles, it is my firm practice to do the puzzles without making any kind of notations of possible number combinations in the corners of the puzzle grid squares. I'll only write a number in one of the grid squares if I'm sure it's the correct number.

The most challenging puzzles I have come across are contained in the New York Post's "Fiendish" Sudoku Book. Some of these "fiendish" puzzles have, indeed, stumped me.

In any case, if there are other Sudoku junkies out there who know where I might find another source of challenging puzzles, I'm very open to recommendations.


jeffrey said...

Here's the thing. Sudoku is a coffee puzzle while the crossword is a bar puzzle.

Something about the Sudoku makes you not want to talk to people while you're staring at it. That's why I take it to the coffee shop on my lunch break when I don't want to deal with any people but I have to go somewhere.

The crossword is a bar puzzle. Not only do I generally get better at it as I drink but it practically invites cooperation and conversation with people around you.

And when I'm in the mood to stab someone, I always read the Chris Rose column first.

D-BB said...

I'm still stumped on Tic Tac Toe.

BTW hucky, I posted more facts that I picked up on TV last week and posted them so you can teach your kids more better.