Saturday, November 05, 2005
Su doku is the latest craze to hit Britain. Actually it hit Britain over 3 months ago. It started off in the papers (the craze that is) and then there were the books. I tend to stay away from most crazes (Dan Brown is another example). I was a Doctor Who fan before the new series and I was a Harry Potter fan before the madness. I wanted to keep away from this one. I could think of other things I would much rather be doing. I'm not a fan of puzzles and so was determined not to be sucked in by this one.
I was doing very well until a few days ago. I was very bored and was flicking through the paper. I came accross the su doku puzzle and thought I would give it a go. I couldn't finish it as I had to leave for work. However, the memory of those few mintues spent on it was still with me. Whilst in a newsagents I spied some of the su doku magazines and picked one up. Since then I have spent all my spare time poring over them. I'm not very good and I don't time myself but I am addicted. Just a few puzzles was all it took. I want to go back to my books but su doku keep calling me.
For those of you who want to give it a try the guardian is a good place. The BBC also has an article one the craze (that's where I got my image from).
Now, please, don't let these evil games take you away from your ornaments and poor Celtic Winter for too long...
PS: I might have a computer breakdown soon, but I'll be back!
I read on San's page about it, I tried it..the easy level of course...to date I've not managed to solve even one...lol. I'm hopeless at arranging the numbers. I prefer playing the game called Sokoban or boxes. Boxes was introduce by my boss Mr. Ian Winfieldale...he solves all the 100 levels, I'm stucked at 43. :p
Thanks for your comments - we had a lovely time in Scotland. I'm out of the habit of updating my blog but will get there soon I hope!
My favourite is the sudoku from The Puzzler. With the little animals inside. From the original japanese puzzles.
The Times books are nice, but the daily telegraph ones are too difficult from page one (and I can do some of the difficult ones in the other books).
the French (well, technically Belgian) Sport Cerebral Sudoku issue 1 (or 2) was like the easiest thing in history of sudoku. But they seemed to have become more difficult with time for some reason...
Anyway, I enjoy Sudoku mostly on the tube, where it's too bouncy to stitch ;)
I just wanted to comment on your sudoku post. I'm a big fan of puzzles in general and especially logic problems, but I've also steered away from the sudoku thing because I don't like crazes, and I "do" numbers for my job so it seemed a bit of a busman's holiday. I've done a couple of them but just can't get addicted like a lot of people seem to be. Don't get me wrong I think it's brilliant that people like a challenge, but really I don't get much enjoyment in the final product of a grid full of numbers.
Anyway so I thought I would let you know about "Hanjie" puzzles (also known as "Tsunami" puzzles) which, as a fellow cross-stitcher, you might also enjoy. Basically they are large coded grids and you logically work out which squares to fill in and which to leave blank, the final result is a shaded picture. To me this is much more enjoyable as there is an end goal of working out what the picture is.
They are only available from WHSmiths which I think is why they're not that popular, but I'm happy that way as I like to know a secret. I thought I would let you in on it.... feel privileged :)
You can also get "Mosaic" puzzles in the same range (also only at WHSmiths) which are similar but different, and for me not as much fun, and much more challenging, but I still do them as a change. They're great to take on holiday - everyone asks you what you're doing!
Keep on stitchin', and happy puzzling whether you stick with sudoko or try out the pictures