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Sudoku Easy Presented by Will Shortz Volume 1: 100 Wordless Crossword Puzzles Paperback – July 28, 2005
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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
From the Back Cover
The hottest craze in puzzles!
From puzzlemaster and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz comes sudoku, the new "wordless crossword" puzzle that's taking the world by storm! Once you start, you won't want to stop. These addictive puzzles are easy to explain---just fill the grid with numbers according to the few simple rules---but incredibly fun and engaging to complete. You don't need any mathematics knowledge: Just supply a pencil and an inquisitive mind.
This brand-new collection features original, easy-to-solve sudoku from Will Shortz, along with an introduction that explains these fascinating puzzles and how to solve them. Once you've mastered the easier sudoku, try the last ten puzzles designed to challenge those who want to give their brains more of a workout. If you're a crossword fan, a fan of logic puzzles, or just a puzzle lover in general, you will be engrossed and delighted with sudoku!
Top Customer Reviews
Will Shortz is a big name in crossword puzzles and has been for years. His name on a book on a book of crossword puzzles denotes high quality in both editing and production for the most part. It's the same with his new line of sudoku books.
Volume 1 is all easy puzzles. An experienced sudoku-er may find the consistent easy level boring, so for them I recommend #2 or #3 in the series, which have a variety of difficulty levels. But for someone just starting out, or a youngster/teenager, this is an excellent book. There's a decent explanation of sudoku's history and basic solving strategies in the beginning, and then 100 puzzles. The book is thin enough to be portable and unlike many newspaper puzzles, the big grids make it easy on the eyes, especially if you have to write the "possibles" in a box. The higher-quality paper stands up well to erasing (and there's almost always some erasing involved in sudoku).
Gift suggestion: include a packet of mechanical pencils with a sudoku book or books--your recipient will definitely appreciate it!
Shortz tells us the name SUDOKU comes from the Japanese phrase "suji wadokushin ni kagiru" meaning "only single numbers allowed".He also tells us these puzzles first appeared in Dell Pencil Puzzles and Games Magazine; in May 1979, and that the inventor credited for them was Howard Garns an Architect from Indianapolis, who retired in the 1970's and died in 1981.He was 74 when he sold his first puzzle.Read more ›
By contrast, this Will Shortz book seems to have done a good job of ranking the puzzles. It's a very simple book. Well done. I've gotten hours of enjoyment from solving theses puzzles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These puzzles are definitely not as easy as the "easy" puzzles that I had previously been solving. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fran
It is very obvious that the Will Shortz definition of Easy and my definition of Easy are quite different. Read morePublished on July 23, 2011 by Wayward Jim
This book has shown me how to do suduko--clear, easy to understand explanation, try it if you're having trouble getting started with this puzzle.Published on March 1, 2009 by plant lady
This book helped me figure out Sudoku, I'm a beginner. Looking forward to finishing more puzzles and getting to the next level. I'm addicted!Published on August 8, 2007 by M. Lee
This book offers more challenging puzzles than your average "easy" books. It was great for the addicted!Published on July 23, 2006 by Cheryl C. Williams
Not the best Sudoku book I own, but very addicting.Published on April 28, 2006 by Jackie Winters Kaden