Soduko Conquered by Process

Scott Francis
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I had to laugh when I read John Reynolds’ latest post, regarding a process for solving Soduko puzzles.  My parents are avid Soduko puzzle fans, so I hope they never read this!  I’ve never been interested in the Soduko puzzle phenomenon (or crossword puzzles for that matter). So the process won’t make Soduko boring for me – but I can see how it would for anyone who previously enjoyed them.  This is a bit like video games (Pac Man anyone?) that can be reduced to a series of prescribed moves.  Of course, with video games there is still an execution element that you can screw up, but once you’ve reduced the game to “not making a mistake” it is less interesting than when you’re in “figure it out” mode. It just seemed like the right kind of topic for the day before Thanksgiving, when there might be a lot of time on the couch after eating a bit too much turkey, and when the Soduko puzzles might be coming out…
  • My mom is a big Sudoku enthusiast too and the daily dose of Sudoku from the Newspaper is not enough for her – so i sat down one day and spent a few hrs on MS Excel to see if I could write some formulae/macros to create and solve them – and I admit I didn’t go far. Thought it was easier to get a book from the store! (with answers):P

    But very interesting thoughts. There was a time I was very hooked to a Sudoku app that came with my phone. Once you crack a game, you are sure to just fill the boxes more from memory than skill – but heres the deal – there were 100 games across three levels, so if you are a real enthusiast, you keep progressing towards the tougher games – never really inclined to come back to the same game again.

  • My mom is a big Sudoku enthusiast too and the daily dose of Sudoku from the Newspaper is not enough for her – so i sat down one day and spent a few hrs on MS Excel to see if I could write some formulae/macros to create and solve them – and I admit I didn’t go far. Thought it was easier to get a book from the store! (with answers):P

    But very interesting thoughts. There was a time I was very hooked to a Sudoku app that came with my phone. Once you crack a game, you are sure to just fill the boxes more from memory than skill – but heres the deal – there were 100 games across three levels, so if you are a real enthusiast, you keep progressing towards the tougher games – never really inclined to come back to the same game again.

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