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About the Author

Carol Vorderman is Britain’s leading female television host. For twenty-three years she has been known as the “Numbers Queen” on the hit quiz show Countdown, where she performs mental arithmetic at lightning speed. She has also presented science and technology shows for many years, including BBC TV’s Tomorrow’s World, as well as top-rated entertainment programs such as Stars and Their Lives. Carol hosted the world’s first live Sudoku television show in July 2005. She holds a degree from Cambridge and she is hooked on Sudoku.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307339807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307339805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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143 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 1, 2005
If you travel around some of the online sudoku websites you hear a lot of esoteric-sounding solving techniques thrown around--x- and y-wings, forced chains, swordfish. I've read and re-read the explanations of these and still can't make sense of them.

So I bought this book, since it was advertised as one that will take your sudoku abilities to higher levels by providing detailed explanations of solving strategies.

I was a little disappointed that it doesn't venture all the way into the x- and y-wing/swordfish etc. realms becuase that was what I was most hoping to see explained. So if you are trying to progress to those levels of solving, this book won't help (and so far I haven't seen a book that does explain that stuff, it all seems to be online).

HOWEVER, if you are just starting out with sudoku or can easily solve the 1- or 2-star puzzles but get stuck on the more difficult ones, this is an excellent book. It walks you through an entire puzzle solution for each of the four levels of difficulty in the book, and although it went over techniques I had mostly figured out for myself, it did help me systematize them. For a beginner, or a beginner advancing to higher levels, I can't recommend this highly enough. If you are trying to reach the truly esoteric levels, that book is still not out there, or at least it's not this one.

And, having whetted your appetite by showing you how to solve the puzzles, the book provides 200 puzzles to play with. The paper is good quality and stands up to the inevitable erasing. My only complaint is that with a thicker book like this, it's a little awkward working on puzzles on the go, on the train or in the car. This book is one leave at home or at work where you can open it on a table or desk.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M. J KILLEEN on September 21, 2005
I started doing Soduku puzzles while vacationing in the U.K. I picked up Carol's book for the plane ride back to America. I was already able to finish these puzzles, but the techniques presented in the book allowed me to do so much faster and more efficiently. The guide to super-difficult Soduku puzzles is a godsend.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Book Bum on September 13, 2005
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This is my 13th Sudoku book... And it is the first one that includes complete step-by-step instructions and very specific tips on how to do every level of difficulty of Sudoku puzzles! This, alone, was well worth the price of the book!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 30, 2005
This is definitely the best of the Sudoku books I've come across yet.That is not to say the others aren't also very good,but this one has more puzzles,over 200;including easy,medium,difficult and super-difficult.Also included are the most extensive and detailed instructions and tips.The tips are given for each level of difficulty and therefore progress as one also progresses from the easy to the more difficult puzzles.Then at each level, Carol gives a complete step by step solution for a puzzle of that level.I don't want to give the impression that this book is any more complicated than others,just more detailed.It would be an excellent book for someone who is just getting started or who has been doing them for some time.
I'd just like to throw in a couple of other thoughts.I first started doing Sudokus in May of this year when I "found" them in a local "freebee" newspaper.The first thing I found was they were too small and the newsprint was poor to write on and erase.So,for what it's worth ,I made up a blank grid 4 1/2 X4 1/2
inches,making each cell 1/2 X 1/2 inch .I put 2 of them on a sheet of standard white paper 8 1/2 by 11,and made a bunch of copies.By the way,I used a heavier line for the outside edges and the edges of what Carol calls mini-grids or as I call them, blocks.Then, I transfer the numbers to my sheets to work on.I use a fairly bold marker to fill in the given numbers.A double check here ensures you haven't made a mistake copying the numbers.This emphasizing makes it easy to keep the rows,columns and mini-grids separated.
By marking in the "givens" boldly, it keeps them obvious from the "possibles" or "found" solutions.It also allows one to return to the book later and redo puzzles or to pass on to someone else.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael James on May 6, 2006
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I'm a new Sudoku learner and although I'm a pretty smart guy, this book isn't all that great. For instance, in the (mini) lesson on Medium difficulty puzzles, Vorderman brings up the logic rule she calls "the only one that fits." The explanation is insufficient, the example doesn't make sense. And then a few pages later, where she walks you through an entire puzzle to practice everything that you've just learned, the rule is never used!

The amount of tutorial material in this book is miniscule. (She probably could have written this in a day.) Lots of puzzles, but I wanted a tutorial book and this wasn't it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Butler on October 13, 2005
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There are many books with Sudoku puzzles, but this is the very best for providing a well written explanation of puzzle solving techniques at each level. I've bought about 10 books now, and all have plenty of great puzzles, but this is by far the best for explaining the strategies. Entertaining as well as helpful.

For kids starting with Sudoku, I highly recommend buying online the Sudoku for Kids from [...]
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