October 13th is National Train Your Brain Day: Sudoku
Sudoku is the puzzle craze sweeping the nation. Many people refer to this challenging game as the new Rubix Cube. It’s difficult to forget the six-sided and six colored square, but Sudoku is doing just that.
If you think that Sudoku is a new game, you would be incorrect. In fact, it was created in 1979 and published in an American puzzle magazine. The game was created by Howard Garns, a former architect. The craze hit Japan in 1986 but did not take the center stage until 2005 when websites, puzzle books and even significant media coverage made Sudoku game a worldwide sensation.
Sudoku is actually an abbreviation of the Japanese phrase suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru. Translated, it means “the digits remain single.” An ordinary Sudoku game puzzle is usually comprised of a 9×9 grid divided into nine 3×3 subgroups. Some of the cells have numbers and clues in them. Others are empty. The goal of the game is to pencil in the missing numbers in a logical fashion, but remember, each number one through nine can be used only once.
The difficulty levels of Sudoku game are varied. Puzzles can be crafted to fit highly experienced players or pure novices. People of every age can get in on playing Sudoku game. Give it a try and who knows, you might get hooked!