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The Giant Book of Sudoku Presented by Will Shortz: 300 Wordless Crossword Puzzles Paperback – October 13, 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 crorosswords.” ―The Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
Will Shortz has been the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He has edited countless books of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, KenKen, and all manner of brain-busters.
Top Customer Reviews
The Up and Down are worked on a grid, like Sudoku, with each number unduplicated in its row and column. The object is to fill in all the subdivided blocks with numbers in order. Spiral Galaxies is worked on a grid but with no numbers; the object is to draw symmetrical tiles that completely cover the board. Alternate Corners is another numberless puzzle; the object is to draw a line through all squares on the board, turning at certain cells. Snaky Tiles is another spatial puzzle with numbers as reference points. End View asks the solver to put letters in the puzzle so that each row or column has all the letters. Certain rows and columns have letters at the margins; those letters are the first letters in from those margins, as if the puzzle was turned on end.
These other puzzles I feel are a nice little change from the sudoku mindset. I don't know if I'd want a whole book of Snaky Tiles, but a couple here and there are fun.
The Sudoku puzzles are on the same scale as Sudoku Easy to Hard, the other Shortz book of puzzles. The book is nicely laid out with one puzzle per page and plenty of room to work them and make notes.
The only downside of this book is that it is a little thick for casual solving; it doesn't fit in a pocket. You can, of course, tear out the puzzle pages and take them with you. If you like Sudoku puzzles, this is a good book to get and grow on. Happy solving and good luck!
I think Sudoku means it's easy until you go to super challenge. Then you will spend a bit more time. You can do the easy to medium in pen, but as they get harder switch to a pencil with a good eraser!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best Sudoku book ever, with lots of other intriguing puzzles thrown in.Published 20 months ago by Harris
Will Shortz has done it yet again. His collection of sudoku puzzles is superb. They range from very easy to all but impossible, in a number of formats!Published on May 13, 2014 by Earle Williams
There are 300 puzzles here, ranging from very simple to rather difficult, though not fiendish. I never once had to give up on a puzzle or peek at the answers. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by margoelmer
This is a collection of sudoku puzzles compiled by Will Shortz, editor of the N.Y. Times Crossword Puzzles. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by R. Nicholson
This is a great book. I'm starting with the easy puzzles and working my way up to the harder ones. I bought one for my dad and he is now addicted as well.Published on February 2, 2007 by Kristen
This book will keep me busy for a long time. Just what I was looking for.Published on January 18, 2007 by Alan D. Rauscher