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Master Sudoku: Step-by-Step Instructions for Players at All Levels Paperback – September 13, 2005
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So I bought this book, since it was advertised as one that will take your sudoku abilities to higher levels by providing detailed explanations of solving strategies.
I was a little disappointed that it doesn't venture all the way into the x- and y-wing/swordfish etc. realms becuase that was what I was most hoping to see explained. So if you are trying to progress to those levels of solving, this book won't help (and so far I haven't seen a book that does explain that stuff, it all seems to be online).
HOWEVER, if you are just starting out with sudoku or can easily solve the 1- or 2-star puzzles but get stuck on the more difficult ones, this is an excellent book. It walks you through an entire puzzle solution for each of the four levels of difficulty in the book, and although it went over techniques I had mostly figured out for myself, it did help me systematize them. For a beginner, or a beginner advancing to higher levels, I can't recommend this highly enough. If you are trying to reach the truly esoteric levels, that book is still not out there, or at least it's not this one.
And, having whetted your appetite by showing you how to solve the puzzles, the book provides 200 puzzles to play with. The paper is good quality and stands up to the inevitable erasing. My only complaint is that with a thicker book like this, it's a little awkward working on puzzles on the go, on the train or in the car. This book is one leave at home or at work where you can open it on a table or desk.Read more ›
I'd just like to throw in a couple of other thoughts.I first started doing Sudokus in May of this year when I "found" them in a local "freebee" newspaper.The first thing I found was they were too small and the newsprint was poor to write on and erase.So,for what it's worth ,I made up a blank grid 4 1/2 X4 1/2
inches,making each cell 1/2 X 1/2 inch .I put 2 of them on a sheet of standard white paper 8 1/2 by 11,and made a bunch of copies.By the way,I used a heavier line for the outside edges and the edges of what Carol calls mini-grids or as I call them, blocks.Then, I transfer the numbers to my sheets to work on.I use a fairly bold marker to fill in the given numbers.A double check here ensures you haven't made a mistake copying the numbers.This emphasizing makes it easy to keep the rows,columns and mini-grids separated.
By marking in the "givens" boldly, it keeps them obvious from the "possibles" or "found" solutions.It also allows one to return to the book later and redo puzzles or to pass on to someone else.Read more ›
The amount of tutorial material in this book is miniscule. (She probably could have written this in a day.) Lots of puzzles, but I wanted a tutorial book and this wasn't it.
For kids starting with Sudoku, I highly recommend buying online the Sudoku for Kids from [...]
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I received this book and just loved it. I loved the" way "of the book. Explainations...pages.....information....and the way the puzzles were easy to write on and erase. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beryl C.
Disappointed. I expected more instruction than only for the beginner.Published 7 months ago by James Amaral
good for beginners but not enough how to techniques for advanced SudokuPublished 9 months ago by nikita suprun
I did not learn anything new. I have been playing for about six months. It could help a beginner.Published 19 months ago by John
This was well worth the cost. Master Sudoku has 200 puzzles of varying difficulty for only about $5. She also gives some tips, which weren't that useful, at least for me.Published 21 months ago by J. Davis
I find the paper quality unsatisfactory for this type of book.
With puzzles on both sides of the page it does'nt lind itself to erasers. Read more
About two months ago I bought my first Sudoku book, and I found it addictive and also highly challenging. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Inkhorn