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Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

A revolution in newspaper puzzling has occurred, and I’m part of it…

I’m addicted to Su Doku. If you don’t read the Indy, Times, Telegraph or Mail, then this revolution may have passed you by, so catch up with the lovely article in today’s Indy: The Puzzle that Ate the World. And yes, I did buy the Indy in preference to the Grauniad today just to experience Britain’s first Super Du Doku. I’m making fair progress with it, but it’ll be a while till I’m done, I expect.

I also have the first Times Su Doku book (right), which seems slightly pointless given that I could have bought the program for only slightly more cash and have had an endless supply of the puzzles. But there’s something more satisfying about doing them from the book. I may well get the program, though, before long… I don’t know if I can resist! I’ve got the demo already…

If there’s one thing about the whole Su Doku saga that amuses me most, it’s that the readers of the Mail can’t cope with a puzzle with such a complicated name (!) – they, instead, are presented with Number Crunch Codenumber (see here). Poor peeps.

Anyway, if you want a go at some Su Soku Doku (who says I can’t spell?!), the Times have their puzzles online here, and the Torygraph have theirs here. You could also download the demo version of the program. Or buy the book.

But give it a go, and you will be addicted. Please don’t blame me!

This post was filed under: News and Comment, Reviews.

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Comments and responses

Comment from sjhoward


    22.32, 01/05/2005

This isn’t really worthy of another post, so I thought I’d tag it onto here – I’m extremely pleased to have finished Britain’s first Super Su Doku, from Saturday’s independent – a 16×16 huge thing, using numbers 0-9 and letters A-F. The pride I feel for completing this is almost certainly disproportionate to the actual task itself, but I can tell you it feels good. I’ve even sent my completed solution in to enter the competition, which is something I wouldn’t normally bother doing. Ooh, I’m happy.


Comment from sjhoward


    01.53, 08/05/2005

I said I didn’t know if I could resist buying the program – well now I have! And I’ve printed lots and lots of puzzles to be getting on with, in addition to the ones in the book (which I’m about a third of the way though).


Comment from Anonymous


    16.22, 27/05/2005

Comment removed at author’s request – sjhoward on Friday, 27th May 2005 at 22:22


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    18.00, 27/05/2005

Or, of course, you could buy the Pappocom Su Doku program which would give you an unlimited supply of puzzles for less than the price of two issues of Rayzee’s magazine. But that’s your choice.


Comment from Anonymous


    21.47, 27/05/2005

Comment removed at author’s request – sjhoward on Friday, 27th May 2005 at 22:22


Comment from Reader


    12.54, 07/06/2005

SU Doku made easier (using an elimination method) – see http://www.urbanrim.org.uk/sudoku.htm


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    16.44, 23/06/2005

The number of Sudoku books now available has reached such a level that it’s impossible to appriase them all, but if you’d like to buy them through our affiliate links at Amazon’s reduced prices, a selection of current titles is provided below. Notable new ones at the time of writing include the Guardian books, which are compiled by hand instead of computer, and the Independent book of Super Sudokus. Buying through these links helps keep sjhoward.co.uk up and running, so I hope you’ll support us (for more information, see ‘About Reviews’ in the right-hand sidebar. Click here to view Amazon.co.uk’s current range of sudoku books.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    20.04, 26/06/2005

Thanks to the emailer who pointed out that it’s ‘Codenumber’, not ‘Number Crunch’, in the Daily Mail. They’ve renamed it to ‘Sudoku’ now, though.


Comment from nedro


    13.04, 27/07/2005

Hi,

Better than pencil and paper:

http://www.sudokumate.com

…a free online helper program for doing SuDoku.

It automatically generates possibles (but this can be switched off if desired)


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