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Sudoku Easy to Hard Presented by Will Shortz, Volume 2: 100 Wordless Crossword Puzzles Paperback – July 28, 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 crosswords.” ―The Christian Science Monitor
From the Back Cover
"Sudoku are to the first decade of the twenty-first century what Rubik's Cube was to the 1970s."
---Tom Utley, The Daily Telegraph
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 understand---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 sudoku ranging from effortlessly easy to devilishly difficult, along with an introduction from Will Shortz that explains these fascinating puzzles and how to solve them. Plus, the last five bonus puzzles in the book are giants---more than 50 percent larger and correspondingly more fun to solve! 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!
"A puzzling global phenomenon."
Will Shortz has been crossword editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and the founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Will can be reached at www.crosswordtournament.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Most important to me in buying a Sudoku book was that the puzzles must be large enough so that I can easily write in the squares without jumbling the numbers. When I do them from the newspaper, I usually enlarge the puzzle on the copy machine.
This book seems to do the best in presenting puzzles that are easy on which to write. In addition, there are a good number of puzzles (100) ranging from easy to "very challenging." Some of the easy ones are tough. I just completed the puzzle that appears on the book's cover. This took me two tries and there is no answer key for that one, so keep trying. All the other puzzles in the book contain answers in the back. As with the other Sudoku books, this one contains a brief history of the game and some tips.
There isn't much else that can differentiate one Sudoku book from another. But, I would certainly buy another from this author when it is offered. Even though it is a solitary game, my family/friends have a laugh watching my frustration and successes.
One tip I can share is to put a letter in the corner of each square to help you remember in what order you filled it in. I start with 'a', go on through 'z', then to 'aa' and so on to 'zz', and then to 'aaa'. That way, when I find a mistake, I only erase the squares that I filled in after the mistaken square.
Good luck and happy solving!
If you are new to sudoku, I recommend you start with book 1 of the series, which is all easy level puzzles. This book, #2, has four levels of puzzles--Light and EAsy, Moderate, Demanding, and Beware! Very Challenging. I like this because sometimes I like to do a fast, less demanding puzzle and sometimes I like a "chewier" puzzle that requires more time and attention, and I can skip around to the different levels in this book.
The explanation of how to solve sudoku is the most basic one (fill in the numbers 1-9 so that each number appears only once in each row, column and square of the grid) with the very basic steps for solving explained. This isn't a book that walks you through the higher level solving strategies.
But if you just want a bunch of high quality puzzles, with a variety of difficulty levels, on good paper that stands up to lots of erasing, in nice light portable book, this is a good choice!
My one complaint (and it's not a complaint about this book) is, Mr. Shortz, if you're such a sudoku fan that you've now published a few books on the subject, why not include sudoku in the New York Times!? I, of course, love the crossword puzzles, but there must be room for a little sudoku as well!
The easy puzzles in this book are equivelent to the hard in others - forget the other levels. I'm usually very good at these puzzles, and especially enjoy completing some of the easier, timed versions on-line. So maybe it's just me and I am, after all, an idiot, but these are too hard to be much fun.
Keep looking. There are many books with a variety of levels, for those who love a challenge and those who are just enjoying some diversion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I will not buy again, No happy, Was used and have some pages done, this book was sell like newPublished on May 2, 2014 by Ivette Roriguez Cordero
Since the puzzles range from easy to seriously difficult, you can always find one that will suit the day. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Louise Muse
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST SUDOKU BOOK AROUND!!!! Get ready to have fun and get nothing done but Sudoku of course!!!Published on October 3, 2013 by Dawn M Trevitt
I knew Will Shortz from his crossword puzzles already. After i became addicted to Sudoku, I tried this volume and had a lovely time solving the puzzles in this volume.Published on June 9, 2013 by S. Mai
I take this with me when I'm going to the docs office or know I'll be sitting anywhere for a while. It makes the time fly!Published on January 9, 2013 by Ellen M. Leonardi
I've come a long way in Sudoku since purchasing this book, mainly thanks to doing the New York Times Sudoku puzzles, Easy, Medium, and Hard. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Ohioan
I was looking for something not too easy, and not too hard. I enjoy the nice blend, especially at the end of the day when I don't have a lot of brain power left to think too hard.Published on October 20, 2011 by Picky
Good book with a variety of difficulty levels. Useful for someone learning to do this kind of puzzle.Published on February 24, 2010 by D. A. Haines