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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

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 550th post was filed under: News and Comment, Reviews.

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Comments and responses

Comment from sjhoward

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 22:32 on 1st May 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

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 01:53 on 8th May 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

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 16:22 on 27th May 2005.

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

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 18:00 on 27th May 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

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 21:47 on 27th May 2005.

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

Comment from Reader

by Reader

Comment posted at 12:54 on 7th June 2005.

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

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 16:44 on 23rd June 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)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:04 on 26th June 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

by nedro

Comment posted at 13:04 on 27th July 2005.


Better than pencil and paper:


…a free online helper program for doing SuDoku.

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

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