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Will Shortz Presents The Little Black Book of Sudoku: 400 Puzzles Spiral-bound – November 14, 2006
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“[Will Shortz is] the high priest of puzzling.” ―Fortune
“[Sudoku] has become a pop culture phenomenon.” ―CNN
“The latest fad is Sudoku, a number game in a box, In less than two years, the puzzle has won a popularity that verges on the epidemic.” ―Time
“The newest puzzle craze to sweep the country.” ―CBS News
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.
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"Trailing" is the controversial "technique" in which a puzzler, unable to move further in the puzzle, (desperately) chooses a number from a set of pairs and inserts it into the box. The puzzler then trails the results as they suggest other solutions involving other numbers throughout the puzzle to see if they work or if, eventually, you get duplicates in rows, columns or squares. (If you do, you have to backtrack and insert the other number from the pair, which should work.) Many puzzlers feel that this "technique" is not "logic" but guesswork.
The book is a convenient size and has a spiral binding. The puzzles are large, and the pages are smooth and very white, allowing you to write in plenty of options and do whatever erasing you may require without roughing up the surface of the page (in case you decide to start over). Some of the puzzles which look the most difficult and have the most empty spaces are, in fact, the most fun, with surprises opening up as you do the puzzle. Many are very tricky (but fair), and some will have you berating yourself for missing something that should have been obvious, especially in the most challenging puzzles. For pure fun, without the frustration which trailing produces in many of us, this is one of the best books around.Read more ›
One would assume that the sole reason for advertising a spiral bound sudoku book is that customers want a book that will LAY FLAT ON A TABLE. This book does not. Having nothing to do with its content, the format of this book is very unfortunate and the description above is misleading.
After reading the reviews of this book, I bought it. Other reviewers complained about the cover over the spiral binding. And yeah... it's annoying. But I cut the part of the cover that is over the spiral binding off and it lays perfectly flat.
Check out the customer pics that I posted that shows it lying flat.
As for the actual puzzles, I can't totally speak for the quality but I'm enjoying working through them. Right now I'm still in the Light and Easy section and they are... light and easy.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
The puzzles are large on good quality paper.
Plenty of room for solver to pencil in clues and eliminations.
Hint: cut the spiral's cover off and you can flip pages over while keeping your place in this massive collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Sudoku book! Will Shortz really helps you expand your Sudoku and this book was especially fun and good! I highly recommend it!Published 19 days ago by Happily Creating Miracles
Turthfully, I have not started yet, but have done 2 other books by Will Shortz - promises to be elegant and enjoyablePublished 1 month ago by Impatient in Boulder
I love this book. It is spiral bound and easy to hold while solving the puzzles. It begans easy but increases to very challenging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara A. Stanford
Wide variety of puzzles, from easy to difficult. However, it is not a little book!Published 3 months ago by bbc101
Yes, the puzzles are great. But it's also true that the awkward spine is a pain. I also trimmed off the cover that runs over the spine as another writer stated, which is an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ORLAN ROD