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April 02, 2006

Scrivener's Sudoku

Can't get enough sudoku? You know, the Japanese numbers puzzle? Well, if you thought the game couldn't get any better, check out Scrivener's Sudoku, a new regular feature in the Star-Bulletin and the brainchild of our very own Scrivener (a.k.a. Mitchell K. Dwyer).

It's Sudoku with a local twist... and with local-style difficulty ratings. Is this week's puzzle "Hana Highway," or just "Wilhemena Rise"? Even better, there's an official Scrivener's Sudoku website, where you'll (soon) find archived puzzles, strategies and tips, and even bonus puzzles you won't find anywhere else.
Posted by Prophet Zarquon at April 02, 2006 07:58 PM


Posted by scrivener on April 4, 2006 7:12 PM:

Thanks for the encouragement and for the little plug! I'm stoked to be working on this project and very interested in seeing whether or not this current fad has any staying power.

For the record, sudoku is not a Japanese puzzle; it was invented in America twenty years ago and it first appeared in an American puzzle magazine, where it was named "Number Place." Dell (the puzzle-publisher, not the computer company) owns the rights to that name in America.

When the puzzle made its way to Japan, where puzzle magazines are huge business, one magazine called it sudoku (an abbreviation of a longer Japanese phrase). That magazine controls the rights to the Sudoku name in Japan. Every other publication in Japan calls it Number Place.

When the puzzles started to catch on here, publishers weren't allowed to call them Number Place, so they called them Sudoku.

Posted by Free Sudoku puzzles on April 6, 2006 8:47 AM:

Hi, here you can play sudoku for free : http://www.misterfast.com/uk/free-sudoku-puzzles.html

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