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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (July 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312355025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312355029
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!

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You should find over 20 different ones;great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.
J. Guild
This book is yet another wonderful collection of the highly addictive sudoku puzzles.
Megan Romer
All in all, the product is great, but maybe modify the paper for the next printing!
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Do You Sudoku? This is becoming a true fad in the US as it already has in the UK and Japan and elsewhere. If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, like puzzles and logic and want to give it a try, this is a great place to start! Or, if you are looking for an inexpensive gift or stocking stuffer for a puzzle fan on your Christmas list, pick this up for him or her.

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!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is yet another wonderful collection of the highly addictive sudoku puzzles. This one is all easy puzzles, which makes it nice for both beginners and masters. Beginners will enjoy the well-written instructions and the sudoku history, and they'll find themselves breezing through the book in no time. Masters will enjoy the easy-level puzzles for situations when they don't have enough time to puzzle through a difficult sudoku (coffee breaks, subway rides, etc.) A great holiday gift idea!
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89 of 109 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Two more SUDOKU books No.1 & 2 just appeared.They carry the name of the master puzzlemaker,Will Shortz who is very well known to all puzzle enthusiasts (metagrobologists);especially crosswords.Will gives a short introduction to this "new" puzzle,which he shows us is not really that new.He's been in the game a long time and I think when he tells us something;you can take it to the bank.He thinks it is going to be as popular as were Crosswords in the 20's,Jigsaws in the 30's,and Rubik's Cube in the 80's.Rubik's cube came out 25 years ago;Believe It or Not!While it was a real craze,it was beyond the ability of most people.It has still got a following, and I attended a World Championship last year here in Toronto.The winner was a teenager from California who solved it in 16 seconds.One of the contestants he defeated was a college professor who competed in the First World Championship in 1981 and had been working on it all those years.Crosswords and Jigsaws can be done by just about anyone depending on the difficulty and patience and time.SUDOKU is also a puzzle that can be done by the masses but it also lends itself to speed competitions.If my memory serves me well;in competitions,the Sunday New York Times Crossword gets solved in 3 minutes. I think we are going to see SUDOKU competitions on TV very soon.
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Radford on May 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought (and eventually burned) another Sudoku book which had very inaccurately grouped puzzles. It's very first puzzle, supposedly "gentle", was in fact pretty difficult. I got very annoyed with the book.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on May 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a nice little book of puzzles. It is as it says it is, easy. Most of the entries have 30+ squares of the 81 with given numbers, so that filling out the remaining squares is a matter of simple logic. Although nothing but the elements of the game are provided as instructions, the ease with which the puzzles are completed helps the beginner learn some of the beginning logic behind doing them. I find I enjoy discovering the "tricks" of finishing these puzzles more satisfying than I would being told before hand what they are. Certainly I learn them more thoroughly by this method, because I have to intuit them; I actually have to understand the "why" behind the manuver. In my opinion this type of learning is inherently helpful in other tasks as well; that it is to say, transferable to ones life settings in other ways--although I have to admit I couldn't tell you specifically how or why. I think getting school age children involved in doing these types of puzzles would be a good idea, since it would help them learn the principles of logical thinking without the pain of word problems.
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