I’ve said it before but I think it bears repeating: you have to change if you’re bored with Sudoku. And it’s so worth the (minimal) effort to get back on track with your daily brain gym! And experience those lovely ‘I win’ endorphins again…mmmnnnn
There are two strategies you can choose from:
- Pick a new puzzle source. Although it happens on a very gradual, even subliminal level, you get to know the style of a particular source – be it human or machine – and once you have bred familiarity, sad to say, contempt – or maybe just boredom – is not very far behind. Every puzzle source must have its own style and if you stick with it you are going to get jaded.I find games just become a mechanical ‘fill in the cells’ activity somewhere around half-way through the second book I get from the same source. When I switch to another source, my interest is piqued again. But I keep the old, boring book because after a few months, I enjoy it again when I return to polish it off. Because you forget after a while so it feels fresh when you return to old half-chewed puzzles. A change is as good as a holiday! See my ‘Top Ten’ post for some suggestions…
- Raise you game. Yes, I know it’s comfy just winning and winning and winning…but eventually you’ll stop playing because the thrill is gone. This is especially true of the commonly-found ‘newsagent’ puzzle books. Even if they say they’re really tricky, they’re generally not that hard…I find Frank Longo’s Mensa Absolutely Nasty series (Google for a range of sources) excellent. Plenty puzzles too! And if you really think you’re ‘black belt’ brilliant, try Dr Arto Inkala’s puzzles – he is the king of evil as far as tricky, downright mean Sudoku goes. Or go to this page in SudokuWiki.org’s site for Dr Inkala’s World’s Hardest, two of David Filmer’s (absolutely maddening!) Unsolvables and another mysterious puzzle called ‘escargot’ – author unknown (to me anyway!)t
Try my advice and see how you fall in love all over again!!!
And, as always, I’d love to hear from you…new sources…personal strategies…so go on and leave you comments. They are much appreciated!
Anyway, I’m sneaking off for a quick peek at that escargot puzzle…