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Sudoku

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How often do you do sudoku puzzles?

Hard ones, every day
0
No votes
Easy ones, every day
1
6%
Hard ones, several times a week
3
19%
Easy ones, several times a week
0
No votes
Hard ones, once or twice a week
4
25%
Easy ones, once or twice a week
0
No votes
Can't stand them
4
25%
What's Sudoku?
0
No votes
Other (please elaborate)
4
25%
 
Total votes: 16

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Nick
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Sudoku

#1 Post by Nick » September 3rd, 2007, 4:07 pm

Any Sudoku fans here?

I generally manage to complete the Times 'Killer' on Saturdays, though not in the time suggested, but I find the ones in the Sunday Times impossible without eventually taking a 50-50 bet, which I find unsatisfactory, but maybe I'm missing a trick.

I try not to get sucked in at other times, as they can be a colossal waster of time if you let them, but I might indulge if I'm on a train going up to London. It keeps my mind off the cost of the ticket.

Oh, to hell with it, let's try a poll.

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#2 Post by Alan C. » September 3rd, 2007, 5:18 pm

I know of them, but I believe they are mainly found in newspapers (correct me if I'm wrong) so I don't often come across them, I've never attempted one.
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#3 Post by Moose » September 3rd, 2007, 5:32 pm

My phone has it on so I do them occasionally. I am pretty good at that sort of thing - which is odd because when it comes to maths I am otherwise totally rubbish - but can't say I find it that interesting.
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#4 Post by lewist » September 3rd, 2007, 5:42 pm

My wife was really into them at one point but I have never tried. They are just not something that attracted me.
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#5 Post by Moose » September 3rd, 2007, 7:46 pm

Heh it's kinda boring isn't it? I dunno, there's just no satisfaction there for me. I can spend hours playing something like tetris but not a puzzle like this.
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#6 Post by Maria Mac » September 4th, 2007, 12:58 am

I voted can't stand them by which I mean I can't stand the look of them. I've never attempted one. I love logic and lateral thinking puzzles but the very sight of a sudoku makes me want to cry.

My husband likes them. I recall spending ages scanning one in at his request to send to him at work once.

How weird is that?

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#7 Post by kbell » September 4th, 2007, 1:09 am

Shame we can't vote for more than one option. I voted for easy every day but I also do hard ones quite frequently.

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#8 Post by AndyPep » September 15th, 2007, 7:12 pm

Shortly after they started to appear, I soon got the hang of those printed, and so I wrote a program to solve them and show how the result was arrived at. After adding a number of rules for the solution process I lost interest. But the result is still available for anyone to use on a website if you have Java as a plugin for your browser.

It can generate them too, and some are much harder than anything I've seen in papers. Since the generation process is based on random numbers, it is not possible to predict how difficult they will be beforehand.

If you are interested, here is the description. But there are plenty of these things on the net if you look.

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#9 Post by Nick » September 15th, 2007, 7:41 pm

In 2 weeks this thread has had only 56 hits, several of which are mine, and only 8 votes. :sad: I conclude from this that you can't be arsed with Sudoku.



Very wise.

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#10 Post by Beki » November 5th, 2007, 9:45 pm

Sorry I am late Nick, been exceptionally busy finishing off the year end accounts. Sudoko - I love 'em. I am totally rubbish at crosswords and get very frustrated by them, but Sudoko are great. (Although my bloke is still better at them than me) :cross:

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#11 Post by Shake » November 16th, 2007, 7:39 pm

Other: the paper publishes puzzles of increasing difficulty from Monday (very easy) through Sunday (hard). I do them erratically. Basically, whenever I have time.

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#12 Post by Jem » November 17th, 2007, 12:08 pm

I'm not as obsessed with them as I used to be. I used to tackle several hard ones a day but unfortunately the rest of my life and the need to earn a living got in the way. But I still do hard ones several times a week.

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#13 Post by Nick » November 17th, 2007, 12:22 pm

Hi Jem, Have you tried the 'killer' version in Saturdays' Times?

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#14 Post by Jem » November 17th, 2007, 12:53 pm

No. I'll check it out.

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#15 Post by Nick » November 23rd, 2007, 5:38 pm

How did you get on Jem? I finished it successfully, but took about 2 hours or so.

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#16 Post by Jem » November 24th, 2007, 9:38 am

It took me a long time too. I did on Sunday and my excuse was that I was hung over and had a crashing headache.

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#17 Post by Alan H » November 27th, 2007, 11:02 pm

I did the Times one on the plane today.


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#18 Post by Heurismus » November 28th, 2007, 10:45 pm

On a plane heh! You know that means you can do them more quickly than us earth bound suckyduckyists don't you? :grin: (Don't worry Sucky Ducky is my own pet name for it)

Anyway I love doing the Mail's 6+ puzzles and just about any others I can lay my dirty little paws on. Boredom is my only mentor on this.
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#19 Post by Zeston » December 17th, 2007, 4:34 am

I LOVE Sudoku! :happyclappy:

I hate the gimmick versions though (like "Veggie"Doku, SudoKube, etc.)

Ever since I found a dollar store that sells 4-for-$1 Sudoku books I've been buying $5 worth every month or so. :notworthy:

I think they're great brain exercisers. :)

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Re: Sudoku

#20 Post by Alan C. » January 13th, 2008, 4:06 pm

I'll post this here as it's to do with numbers, it's another TED talk, this guy is truly amazing..
Arthur Benjamin: Lightning calculation and other "Mathemagic"
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