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# As Basic As Sudoku the hand-made math puzzles

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Anybody play Sudoku? I do! It's a good brain to keep your mind active! I usually do it in the New York Post. I don't think anyone is reading it, but if you are, keep your brain active and solve this sudoku puzzle! (Save it to a notepad file so you can edit it and/or print it)

Sudoku

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| 8 - - | - - - | 4 - -

| - - 7 | - 3 - | 6 - 8

| 6 - 3 | - 5 1 | 9 - -

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| - 6 8 | 7 - 5 | 1 4 -

| - 5 1 | 2 4 - | - 7 -

| - 7 - | 1 - - | - - 5

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| - - 4 | 3 6 8 | - - 2

| - - - | - - - | 3 - 4

| 7 3 - | - 1 - | - - -

-----Edited the font of the puzzle so that it could be read easier -----szupie

Edited by szupie (see edit history)

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Ok .. for the not so little bright guys like me , could you explain the game and the rules ? .. i'd love to play a game when i am travelling off college to home .. rather than listen to gossip of how a gal had a crush on this professor and how the professor told her that he was married ... wtf ! .. ok i sound a little frustrated .. Newayz .. plz do tell how to play this game .. sounds interesting .. :)RegardsDhanesh.

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I figured it out:

[spoil]There are 2 solutions:

| 8 9 5 | 6 2 7 | 4 3 1

| 1 2 7 | 4 3 9 | 6 5 8

| 6 4 3 | 8 5 1 | 9 2 7

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| 2 6 8 | 7 9 5 | 1 4 3

| 3 5 1 | 2 4 6 | 8 7 9

| 4 7 9 | 1 8 3 | 2 6 5

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| 5 1 4 | 3 6 8 | 7 9 2

| 9 8 6 | 5 7 2 | 3 1 4

| 7 3 2 | 9 1 4 | 5 8 6

or

| 8 9 5 | 6 2 7 | 4 3 1

| 1 2 7 | 9 3 4 | 6 5 8

| 6 4 3 | 8 5 1 | 9 2 7

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| 2 6 8 | 7 9 5 | 1 4 3

| 3 5 1 | 2 4 6 | 8 7 9

| 4 7 9 | 1 8 3 | 2 6 5

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| 5 1 4 | 3 6 8 | 7 9 2

| 9 8 6 | 5 7 2 | 3 1 4

| 7 3 2 | 4 1 9 | 5 8 6

[/spoil]

dhanesh, the point of this game is to get every number from 1-9 in every row, column and box. This is one box

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| 1 2 3 |

| 4 5 6 |

| 7 8 9 |

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You cannot have 2 same numbers in the same box, row or column. The box above does not violate any rules, since numbers 1-9 are all in there. However, the following set of boxes do not work.

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| 3 7 2 |

| 6 4 5 |

| 1 9 8 |

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| 1 2 3 | 4 5 8 |

| 4 5 6 | 7 3 8 |

| 7 8 9 | 9 1 2 |

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This set of boxes has 3 problems:

1. There are two 1's in the same column

2. There are two 9's in the same row

3. There are two 8's in the same box

Everything else is fine. So, if you have followed the rules and completed the whole puzzle, you... "win".

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In holland nowadays newspapers like the (Spits) have started printing sudoku's in them as well. Also, they are showing up more and more, it looks like it's becoming a hype.I know the principles of the puzzle, but it takes me up to 45 minutes to an hour to solve one.ps. I think I saw something on the news that was about a dutch person winning some sudoku championship.

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