Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sudoku... addictive.

Sudoku. :-

Sudoku (Japanese: 数独, sūdoku), sometimes spelled Su Doku, is a placement puzzle, also known as Number Place in the United States. The aim of the puzzle is to enter a number from 1 through 9 in each cell of a grid, most frequently a 9×9 grid made up of 3×3 subgrids (called "regions"), starting with various numbers given in some cells (the "givens"). Each row, column and region must contain only one instance of each number. Completing the puzzle requires patience and modest logical ability (although some puzzles can be very difficult). Its classic grid layout is reminiscent of other newspaper puzzles like crosswords and chess problems. First published in the United States, Sudoku initially became popular in Japan in 1986 and attained international popularity in 2005.

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This game is just addictive. A few months back, our local publishing companies have placed this game in the leisure section of its newspaper. Go back and check StarTwo of The Star paper or Malay Mail.

When this puzzle first appeared, i didn't take notice of its existence. Day after day of reading the comic section, it was left there untouched. Many Sudoku puzzles untouched....

Until the day i started to work.

My colleague at where i worked part-time was doing it, and that stirred curiousity in me. She did that one puzzle in under ten minutes after lunch? Shocked and surprised, i asked her what was all the game about, and she explained it to me. At that moment, i was bitten lah; bitten by the Sudoku-bug!

Since then, I've been trying to solve the daily Sudoku puzzles everyday. It has become my daily ritual besides listening to the radio, doing my devotion, watching TV and eating. Some puzzles are simple, while others can take up an hour or so of your time. But at the end of the day, managing to solve the enigma can be really relaxing.

I've told my friends about this great game. And up to date, other bloggers and friends like Oliver, Sui Li, Anna and Michelle are into the game as well! I wonder who else is also stuck to it?

However, this past few days, the puzzle has become slightly difficult. They emped the challenge to another level. Basically, the strategy for solving a puzzle may be regarded as comprising a combination of three processes: scanning, marking up, and analysing. And probably i'm stuck at the analysing part. But nevertheless, i'll keep on going!

Now, back to a game of Sudoku!

Love & Peace!~


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