Sunday, May 22, 2005

Rurality and Su Doku

A few days ago, Rurality posted a blog about Su Doku, a puzzle-logic game that is published in the [London] Times. For those like me, who do not relate well to crossword puzzles but wish to keep your brains sharp, here's the drill.


To help describe the drill, I have borrowed their easy-rated May 16 puzzle. If they throw a hairy conniption over this, I will take it down. But I though that I needed an example to best explain the game.


You begin with a 9x9 grid with some of the squares pre-filled with digits 1 through 9. The object of the game is to have each row, each column, and each little square contain each digit exactly once. Below, I have finished the first row, column, and square with red digits, so you can see how it works.


The Times publishes an easy puzzle each Monday, and they become more progressively difficult until they publish their fiendish version on Friday. I don't plan to get too caught up in this phenomenon and could probably never hope to conquer the fiendish version, but the easy version is, in fact, fairly easy but exercises my deteriorating mind nonetheless.


I am sure that many of you would enjoy Rurality. She posts a lot of great photos, including a great snake series not long ago.


 

6 comments:

swamp4me said...

Haha, careful AC, I didn't plan to get "too caught up in this phenomenon" either -- but now the game resides on my hard drive and it's only a click away...

BTW, do you remember the job I told you about in an email once long ago? I got that job! Still don't plan to tell the world though :)

Mel said...

Fun game!

Karla said...

I LOVE this game. It is also published in the local commuter paper that my husband saves for me everyday.

It took me a while to get the hang of it, but I'm a regular whiz kid now ;-)!

Guinevere Meadow said...

that looks like it would hurt my head. I may have to give it a shot, though!

Dee said...

sorry but my brain is just not that sharp.

Lora said...

Ooo! That looks like fun. I'm suprised I've never seen it before.