The Good comes from the latest Amazon review for Win At Sudoku : “The order of attack strategy is priceless. I feel relaxed and free now because I can look for relationships between numbers instead of cranking through the mechanical process of the other method. Using your process, I feel more human (less machine) and enjoy the relationship building between numbers.
This is my second copy of your book and …from someone who very much enjoys math, thank you. I can take a puzzle my mother is stumped with…and usually within a few minutes, give her an idea of where to proceed. She has hinted that someday she would like to learn your method as well.
On Mother’s Day, I gave my daughter one of your WAS layouts with puzzle 1 on it, and walked her through a step at a time to solving it. She worked her way through puzzles 1, 2, and 3, and spent quite a bit of time on puzzle 4, but doesn’t mind not finishing yet because she knows she can pick it up again when she is caught up again with her school studies.Our family has a love of reading, jigsaw puzzles, and now, you are just as likely to see us with a good Sudoku puzzle as a good reading book.
Thank you for bringing the joy of Sudoku back.
Joyce Sherman” (full version here)
It gives me so much pleasure to hear how the Win At Sudoku method is making a genuine difference in real people’s lives. You’ve no idea what this means to me…it makes all the work seems so worthwhile:
Which bring me to The Bad…are the rest of you guys all strong silent types? I worry I’m not meeting your needs with this blog. So, Pahleeze…drop me a mail at tell.winatsudoku.com and tell me what you’d like to see here…Reader puzzles? Bring ‘em on!* Interesting puzzles I find? Read on to get to the Ugly! More philosophy? Cartoons? Magic Squares? What are your favourite Sudoku sites – Telegraph? Sunday Times? I’m keen to review any good Sudoku sites or Sudoku books that you use regularly…and would generally be interested to hear anything you’d care to share…I love to pass on good things others have found and want to give you more of what you actually want to get. I just haven’t done so well with that mind reading course…
And so onto The Ugly: here is a really trappy puzzle from one of my favourite Sudoku sites – which btw has a huge range of difficulties with lots for action for kids too.
*********, **7859***, 2***1358*, 48*6**95*, **2***7**, *75**8*64, *1427***5, ***5316**, *********
* Note: real simple notation for passing puzzles around – provided it’s correct of course!
I came across this particular puzzle whilst idly browsing the web for Sudoku Trends. Looks relatively harmless doesn’t it? Absolutely Not! A perfect puzzle to demonstrate the dangers of Leaping To Unwarranted Conclusions…I don’t mind admitting that it took me down a few times…not getting enough game time these days obviously! Of course the solving method being described is completely over my head but who cares? So long as you got Win At Sudoku method on your side, you’ll be fine.
And finally, I would like to ask you for your help: please remember to tell your friends who are looking for a new Sudoku strategy or a good Sudoku book where you got hip to the Win At Sudoku method – the free Sudoku downloads are still available if you sign up…