A Day in the Life: Sudoku


Prior to this year’s department Christmas Lunch we celebrated our annual year-in-review meeting. As part of that each member of the department brought in a gift that was later donated to charity. One of the gifts was a book of Sudoku puzzles. I had never heard of them. Coincidently, later that day, I picked up a copy of the local news paper and there on page two was such a puzzle. I completed it. What a great game!

The term Sudoku implies “numbers singly”, or loosely translates to “all the numbers must remain unmarried”, in Japanese; it is a registered trademark of puzzle publisher Nikoli Co. Ltd in Japan. Other Japanese publishers generally refer to the puzzle as Nanpure (Number Place), its original title. Sudoku is pronounced as the English words “SUE-dough-coo”, with the first syllable accented.[1]

As a great resource, the web has sites where you can learn the game and then sites where you can play the game. Should one become really obsessed, you can make your own.

But like anything inspired it can devolve into the ridiculous.

I know what I’ll be doing over the Christmas break ๐Ÿ™‚



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