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"...invaluable hints on the strategy of the new numbers game, as well as 240 puzzles of varying difficulty, it's indispensable for fans..." (Western Daily Press, Saturday July 9th 2005)

"...gets you going with the basics and reveals the code for solving these puzzles along with some insider tips on the world of hidden doubles and triples..." (Nottingham Evening Post, 23 July 2005)

"...the handy paperback features easy-to-follow instructions to help you master Su Doku. As well as strategy tips there are 240 puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty." (Scotland's Weekly News, 6th August 2005)

"...invaluable hints on the strategy of the game as well as 240 puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty..." (Great Barr Observer, 5th August 2005)

"...perfect for addicts and newcomers alike...invaluable hints on game strategy..." (Helensburgh Advertiser, 22nd September 2005)

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Featuring easy-to-follow instructions to help you master Su Doku strategy

Stretch your mind with a range of puzzles, from easy to diabolically difficult!

Su Doku is the totally addictive number-placing puzzle that's sweeping the globe. All you need to tackle the tricky little grids are the numbers 1–9, a sense of logic, and this book.

Whether you're a Su Doku-solving fiend or simply curious about the craze, this guide helps you master the art. With 240 new puzzles ranging from the encouragingly easy to the baffling and bewildering, Su Doku For Dummies will get newcomers hooked and keep experts entertained.

Discover how to:

  • Understand the game that's gripping the globe
  • Become a master of Su Doku strategy
  • Develop your own solving strategies
  • Solve puzzles at all ability levels

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (July 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470018925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470018927
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Allow me to explain how messed up are the levels of difficulty of the puzzles in this book.

There are computer programs that let you enter any Sudoku puzzle and then can tell you how hard the puzzle is by classifying it into certain levels of difficulty. A friend of mine who is very good at Sudoku got one such software, and that one uses the following difficulty levels: 1) Very Easy, 2) Easy, 3) Medium, and 4) Hard. There is a separate special level of difficulty called "Very Hard - Unfair", but that's reserved for Sudoku puzzles that require guessing / trial and error.

Sudoku puzzle number 3 in this book, supposedly an "entry level" puzzle according to the book, is ranked as "Medium" by the software mentioned above. Who considers a level of difficulty 3 out of 4 an "entry level"? And I do think these kinds of software have extremely powerful solving engines, making them capable of accurate assessments on the levels of difficulty of any puzzle.

This messed up level of difficulty in such an early exercise can be extremely discouraging for newbies, and on the other hand, in my opinion it is a sympton of little care and very poor editing when putting this book together.

Page 35 of the book (Spanish version) talks about one of the alleged "Beyond the obvious" strategies, a so called "Rule of the three numbers in three cells", or in more standardized terminology found online, the "Hidden Triples" strategy. In my opinion the strategy is very poorly exemplified and explained in the book. Any webpage describing it is much more enlightening and clear. And there are numerous other strategies very carefully explained in several online sources, which are not even mentioned in this book (not even in the Sudoku for Dummies vol 2).
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This is a good book if you are new work Su Doku puzzles. It has good definitions of terms, but it also has a few typos in the instructions which caused some confusion. I had to reread the sections a couple of times before I understood what was being said. However, once past that, I was able to begin working the puzzles. A good variety of easy, medium and difficult puzzles. I am not too please with the paper content; it does not hold up well to eraser marks.
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I first came across SUDOKU in May of this year.I have been a puzzle enthusiast since I was in High School ,over 55 years ago;and have seen a myriad of puzzles and games come and go.I really have no favorites as I enjoy them all.From the time I completed my first SUDOKU,I knew there was something different and special about these puzzles.No special knowledge or special abilities are required for anyone of any language,skill or age to do this puzzle.This is similar to Jigsaws and Crosswords;and the reason these puzzles have become universally popular,probably outstripping all other types of puzzes.I believe we will soon see speed competitions taking various forms including TV.
Checking out the Books available,I found a few already published,and without doubt there will be a flood of them in the near future.You will see among my reviews,a few others I have checked out.
This book is just as good as the others to get you started.It covers the basic methods and hints to help you solve them. In addition,it gives you 240 SUDOKU puzzles. In all fairness,to date ,there is not really much to pick and choose among the half dozen books at this time.However,I would not at all be surprised to see more books shortly;describing more sophistophed and speed enhancing methods and hints.
In the meantime ,you should find SUDOKU puzzles in your local newspapers.To date, I have not seen any SUDOKU magazines on the shelves,but expect to see lots of them shortly.
Don't overlook the Net though,there is lots of good stuff by searching under SUDOKU.
In the meantime ,GOOD SUDOKUING!
By the way you might want to check out my other Sudoku book reviews on Aug 3 (2 books),Aug 6,Aug 10 and Sep 30 of this year.
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Ok, so you have seen Sudoku and your friends (or family members) are all doing it. How do you get started?

Well, there are about a zillion Sudoku books out there. All of them have instructions at the beginning. However, there is definitely a wide variation in the usefulness of these instructions. Many only have enough instructions to get the idea, but if you tried to use them as an absolute beginner, you'd be totally lost. Believe me, I tried several - and was left thinking "well, this is nice, but where the heck do I start?"

This book gets you started step-by-step from the beginning, which is obviously necessary if you actually want to do the puzzles. It walks you through better the first baby steps than any other book I've seen. Another reviewer gave the book a bad review because it doesn't give you advanced strategies (presumably X-wing, Swordfish, and all the rest) Well, my only response to that is that it is called "Sudoku for Dummies", not "Sudoku for Semi-Experts."

Some of the editions of the book also have variations, like 16x16 puzzles and my personal favorite, the round or "Target" Sudokus.

So, if you really want to get adicted to Sudoku, I recommend you take the following course of action:

1. Buy this book

2. Read the introduction.

3. Start doing puzzle #1 and then methodically do every puzzle in the book. Don't skip ahead.

4. When you get to point of hitting your head against a wall on a given puzzle, start Googling for help. There's lots of it out there.

Also, if your young kids come up to you and ask you to teach them to do Sudoku as well, I recommend you pick up "Sudoku for Kids". It's a great step-by-step introduction to the addictive puzzles on a young kid's level.
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