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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312357648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312357641
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A puzzling global phenomenon"
--The Economist

"The biggest craze to hit The Times since the first crossword puzzle was published in 1935."
--The Times of London

"England's most addictive newspaper puzzle."
--New York magazine

"The latest craze in games"
- BBC News

"Sudoku is dangerous stuff. Forget work and family--think papers hurled across the room and industrial-sized blobs of correction fluid. I love it!"
--The Times of London

"Sudokus are to the first decade of the 21st century what Rubik's Cube was to the 1970s."
- The Daily Telegraph

"Britain has a new addiction. Hunched over newspapers on crowded subway trains, sneaking secret peeks in the office, a puzzle-crazy nation is trying to slot numbers into small checkerboard grids."
--Associated Press

"Forget crosswords."
--The Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Will Shortz has been the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He has edited countless books of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, KenKen, and all manner of brain-busters.

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Will Shortz has been crossword editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

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I like Will Shortz's Sudoku books.
Dr. J
I'm starting with the easy puzzles and working my way up to the harder ones.
Kristen
It includes a reasonably assortment of easy to very hard sudoku puzzles.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By jqr on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This Sudoku treasury has 60 each of "Light and Easy," "Moderate," "Demanding," and "Beware! Very Challenging" puzzles. It also has six different types of bonus puzzles, 10 each: Super Sudoku, which are 12x12 grids, subdivided into 12 little 4x3 grids, "Up and Down", "Spiral Galaxies," "Alternate Corners," "Snaky Tiles," and "End View."

The Up and Down are worked on a grid, like Sudoku, with each number unduplicated in its row and column. The object is to fill in all the subdivided blocks with numbers in order. Spiral Galaxies is worked on a grid but with no numbers; the object is to draw symmetrical tiles that completely cover the board. Alternate Corners is another numberless puzzle; the object is to draw a line through all squares on the board, turning at certain cells. Snaky Tiles is another spatial puzzle with numbers as reference points. End View asks the solver to put letters in the puzzle so that each row or column has all the letters. Certain rows and columns have letters at the margins; those letters are the first letters in from those margins, as if the puzzle was turned on end.

These other puzzles I feel are a nice little change from the sudoku mindset. I don't know if I'd want a whole book of Snaky Tiles, but a couple here and there are fun.

The Sudoku puzzles are on the same scale as Sudoku Easy to Hard, the other Shortz book of puzzles. The book is nicely laid out with one puzzle per page and plenty of room to work them and make notes.

The only downside of this book is that it is a little thick for casual solving; it doesn't fit in a pocket. You can, of course, tear out the puzzle pages and take them with you. If you like Sudoku puzzles, this is a good book to get and grow on. Happy solving and good luck!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Graeme on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you have solved Sudoku puzzles before, this book just contains too many easy puzzles, the hard ones aren't that hard either. And on top of that it is huge! Not practical to bring with you and a bit clumsy to hold when you are solving the puzzles. I prefer his other books to this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jambajamba on December 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I agree it's a bit big, but on the other hand you get all the puzzles you'll ever need - maybe even a bit more than you need, but then you can do what we did and rip the puzzles out and split them between family members. I know, it's an awful thing to do to a book, but still... In summary, high quality puzzles, just like we've come to expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Comma Chaser on June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am about halfway through this book, with about 120 grids to go. I like the one grid-per-page approach, as it provides ample room for notation around the sides, and the squares within the grids themselves are big enough to allow for notations within the individual squares (esp helpful for notation within the center grid, or C). The first 100+ puzzles are very easy, so if you are an advanced sudoku solver, you might feel that you wasted your money...the rest of the book contains more challenging puzzles, arranged by order of difficulty. Probably ideal for someone who is relatively new to sudoku, but doesn't want to get turned off by mensa-level grids out of the gate. The book also provides a somewhat helpful introduction to sudoku and some rudimentary problem solving theories.
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By Earle Williams on May 13, 2014
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Will Shortz has done it yet again. His collection of sudoku puzzles is superb. They range from very easy to all but impossible, in a number of formats!
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There are 300 puzzles here, ranging from very simple to rather difficult, though not fiendish. I never once had to give up on a puzzle or peek at the answers. If you like Kenken, this book is a bargain. Nice large pages, too.
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By Dr. J on March 5, 2013
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I like Will Shortz's Sudoku books. I have gone through most of the Sudoku books and found them to take you through easy to "why did I decide to do this!" Great fun for those who like the fun of making their minds active. However, I am finding these harder to find and hope that Will Shortz continues to add to my fun.
I think Sudoku means it's easy until you go to super challenge. Then you will spend a bit more time. You can do the easy to medium in pen, but as they get harder switch to a pencil with a good eraser!
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