is a logical puzzle game, originally created in puzzle books and then
made available in countless newspapers worldwide. Many people are put
off by seeing a grid with numbers in it. Unlike many card and bingo
games that are based on luck, a game of Sudoku should be solvable
by entirely logical deduction.
Why bother solving a Sudoku puzzle with a software program?
What brain power does it take to do that? Writing the program - yes.
But just for a solution - no.
The whole point of a puzzle is to challenge the mind and gain the satisfaction
from the final solution.
That's the main reason puzzle games, like sudoku, are becoming more
popular in the media.
Even most of today's handheld and mobile
phone deals come packaged with a good selection of puzzle-based
games. This just goes to show that there's a yearning for challenging
games like this, making automated puzzle solvers a waste of time.
are three tutorials here;
a very simple puzzle to start with,
for a puzzle in The Daily Telegraph and
3. one for a puzzle in The Times.
a very simple, animated tutorial of my own composition to explain the
basics of sudoku.
Second, a 24 page tutorial charts the progress to
a solution of a Sudoku puzzle from the Daily Telegraph rated as
having a moderate level of difficulty.
At each step there is a brief description of my reasoning.
My thanks and recognition to the late Michael Mepham of The Daily Telegraph
who set this puzzle on the 23rd. March 2005. This puzzle requires a
guess at one point just to spice things up!
third tutorial takes seven pages to work through a 'fiendish' rated
puzzle from The Times
published on the 1st. April 2005. My thanks and recognition to The Times
and Wayne Gould.
readily admit that there may be more elegant solutions to these examples.
This is just the way I did it.
tips for solving Sudoku -
Tip1 ... 3 in a bed. Tip2
... a right pair. Tip3
... the third column Tip4 ... two
And now for the real test - a free 16x16
grid SuperSudoku puzzle for you to solve; and a
and yet a third 16x16 SuperSudoku
is a little 8k zip file containing a sudoku.doc and sudoku.xls for
free download of grid templates similar
to the tutorial.
It is virus checked to be free of nasties! Use in Word or Excel
or just print out for study on the loo.