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# Sudoku Training for the Brain

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/27/2007 | Games

Sudoku is the addicting new puzzle craze that is sweeping the globe. Walk along the streets of most major cities worldwide and you'll be hard-pressed not to see at least a single person bent over sudoku puzzles. Sudoku puzzles, which are also popularly known as the Number Place, was originally a game puzzle published for a newspaper in France.

Sudoku is played on a 9 x 9 grid, made up of nine 3 x 3 sub-grids. The goal of Sudoku is to fill in all the squares with the correct numbers. Sudoku is a simple looking game and yet is very challenging. This is a very low-cost hobby that definitely bestows a good work out for the brain.

When you first encounter the Sudoku puzzle, try not to think about mathematics. There are lots of schools of thought on the best way to solve your sudoku puzzle but I like to start with the obvious. Analysis is the final approach to solving a Sudoku puzzle.

Clearly, logic is not the only factor at work in Sudoku puzzles. Number puzzles very much like sudoku puzzles have already been in existence and have found publication in many newspapers for over a century now. From the information I have been able to gather it appears the sudoku game has its origins in the 1700s by a Swiss mathematician named Leonhard Euler.

Sudoku puzzles, also referred to as Number Place in the United States, are said to be deceptively simple, since a player can start the game quite easily only to find himself later on getting stuck in the middle of the game with no clear puzzle solution in sight. However, if we look at the game of Sudoku puzzles more closely, we can actually identify some basic reference to concepts that are of purely mathematical nature. While Sudoku puzzles appear to continue boggling the minds of many puzzle addicts, it is interesting to note how the puzzles can be solved with relative ease by many computer programs.

If you start playing Sudoku puzzles you will learn pretty quickly why it is considered one of the most addictive puzzle games in history. Howard Garns, a 74-year-old retired architect and freelance puzzle constructor, was considered the designer of the modern Sudoku puzzles. During the revival of what was originally the number place puzzle in Japan, publishers abbreviated the phrase "suuji wa dokushin ni kariru" which literally meant "the digit must remain single", and came up with the more poplar name, Sudoku Puzzles.

A new 'Free Sudoku Host' website has been created which permits you to just pop in YOUR Sudoku puzzle, and then send it ANYWHERE you want thru the net.

Sudoku, you can learn it in 10 seconds, and yet the logic needed to solve Sudoku is fun, mind-boggling and relaxing--all at once. So try out a little Sudoku today.