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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puzzlewright (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402767579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402767579
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes, even as a dedicated Sudoku fan, I get bored with the basic puzzle format. Even when confronted with the most devious, diabolically challenging Sudoku puzzle in the basic 9x9 format, I sometimes stop to think that the solution is only a matter of patiently applying the basic solving principles that are now old hat - x-wings, xy-wings, swordfish, uniqueness, claiming, hidden pairs and triplets, pair chains and so on. It sometimes becomes discouraging to think that the challenge now rests only with the patient application of well understood ideas.

So sometimes a book like SUPER SUDOKU VARIANTS is just what the doctor ordered. Here we have a collection of some of the well understood but enjoyable variations that most advanced solvers will have seen quite regularly:

Mega Sudoku (based on 12x12 grids)
Irregular Sudoku
Odd and Even Sudoku
Diagonal Sudoku
Killer Sudoku
Multi Sudoku (based on multiple interlocking grids)
Mega Multi Sudoku
Combo Multi Sudoku (combining interlocking grids where one, for example, is a diagonal Sudoku and the second applies odd/even rules)

The puzzles are by no means consistently fiendish. In fact, some are downright simple. And, although I've yet to complete the entire book of puzzles, I have yet to encounter one that I would class as truly diabolical. The pleasure of this collection rests solely in the fact that they are variations.

With all Sudoku books, I also rate the book based on its physical characteristics. The paper quality must stand multiple erasurers (it does) and the binding must withstand being opened and pressed out flat and hard (it does).

Enjoyable and recommended. In two days, I hop on a plane to Europe and this baby's coming with me to help while away the boring hours over that big ocean.

Paul Weiss
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When the Sudoku craze first took off, I followed along and played it often, but I soon got tired of it, even the hard ones didn't hold my interest. This collection is the second in a series of two (so far, maybe they will publish more volumes?) The "variants" here are: Mega: where the grid is 12x12 using numbers 1-12; Irregular: instead of squares the puzzles contain irregularly shaped areas (there are some variation within this type); Odd and Even: some squares are shaded and must be filled by either an odd or even number depending on which game you are playing; Diagonal: like regular except diagonals must also contain digits 1-9, Diagonal Odd and Diagonal Even; combinations of Diagonal with Odd or Even thrown in too; Killer: No numbers are given, areas surrounded by dotted lines where the additive of the numbers contained within is shown, Multi-Sudoku: which has many variations of overlapping Sudoku grids, these can be very challenging.

I enjoyed the first book of the series a little more than I did this volume but I'm not sure why, maybe the novelty has worn off a little but I also think these puzzles are not quite as interesting or challenging as the ones in the first volume. However I still recommend both collections.

For anyone looking for an interesting twist on the traditional Sudoku puzzle, check out both volumes of this collection.
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I own both the books by Conceptis Puzzles (Sudoku Variants [SV] and Super Sudoku Variants [SSV]) and enjoyed both of them immensely. The traditional sudoku puzzle is, of course, a 9 by 9 grid. This book gives you a number of interesting variations (variants) on the traditional design. All but one section are non-mathematical where numbers are just place-keepers, like the traditional puzzle. Each variation adds one or more additional "problem" to the puzzle. For example, diagonal sudoku requires that you find the correct placement of the 9 digits in each rank, file and square, but also in two diagonals that form a giant X over the puzzle. This doesn't make the puzzle more difficult: it just makes you look for more clues in an atypical way. Among the other variants are irregular (aka jigsaw or random), large (12 digits), even and odd (shaded boxes represent either even or odd numbers), and multiple (2 or more overlapping, sometimes called samurai or flower puzzles). Then there are multi puzzles that combine elements of the aforementioned variants so an irregular puzzle may overlap an even puzzle.
In terms of difficulty, I would say these are in the difficult to very difficult range as defined by the Will Shortz books. They are not in the extremely difficult range, but they are tricky. So don't attempt these puzzles unless you are a regular sudoku player whose skill exceeds newspaper-level puzzles. As for the arithmatic puzzles, since I have no experience in math-based puzzles, I found them impossible. The writers claim they are similar to Kakuro, whatever that is.
The titles, SV and SSV, are misleading: the two books by Conceptis are identical in format and difficulty (although another reviewer seemed to find the SSV puzzles less challenging than SV).
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Recommend this to those just moving out of traditional sudoku. This book will ease you into other formats that require just a twist in thinking.
It does the simpler variants but nothing really super or unique. I will use for those no-brain days :)!
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