Sunday, June 18, 2006

Sudoku, The Crossword puzzle of the 21st century (ok of 2006)

What is Sudoku?

Pronounced Su doku in Japanese (su - meaning number, doku - translated as single or bechelor) , also known as Number Place, Sudoku has become the latest fad and addiction among all ages of adults.

(sudoku puzzle courtesy of dailysudoku Ltd - www.dailysudoku.com).

Sudoku is a logic-based placement puzzle. The aim of the puzzle is to enter a numerical digit from 1 through 9 in each cell of a 9×9 grid made up of 3×3 subgrids (called "regions"), starting with various digits given in some cells (the "givens"); each row, column, and region must contain only one instance of each numeral.

Every newspaper in print and on the web has its own Sudoku puzzle. There are millions (literally) of websites that offer puzzles, tips, history of the game, and contests.

What makes Sudoku more appealing than Crossword puzzles is that you dont need a wide based knowledge of books, history, movies, TV, politics, or popular food dishes. All you need to complete the puzzle is patience and some logical ability.

Play against your friend, co-worker, blog buddies, boss, your next door neighbor.

You may actually enjoy it, and make yourself smarter in the process. Studies show that playing Sudoku improves memory, mind clarity, and some people say can even stop and prevent brain illnesses.

So next time before you hit the couch at the end of the day and turn your brain off to the sound of your favorite TV show, pull out a Sudoku puzzle and try it out - you may impress yourself and even find your R Factor.

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