Sudoku tactics and interesting facts

Sudoku tactics and interesting facts

Intro to Sudoku

Sudoku is everyone's favorite, almost a mathematical puzzle. The playing field is a square with the size of 9 by 9 cells. It is divided into smaller squares of 3 cells, which means that the whole field - 81 cells.

According to the conditions, at the beginning of the game, some squares are already filled with numbers. And it is on the basis of the location of these numbers we will solve the puzzle. The level of filling the square is proportional to the ease of the game.

The only goal of the game is to fill all the squares with numbers so that in each column, row and 3-by-3 square each number is not repeated.

Sudoku subspecies

The simplest subspecies of Sudoku is the so-called "odd-even". Under the terms of this game, in addition to the original numbers, there is another clue - some cells are filled with a certain color, which, depending on the rules, means - there is an even or odd number. But this modification, because of its triviality, is not particularly widespread.

There are other subspecies with simple complications - the square instead of nine by nine cells has the size of fifteen by fifteen, sixteen by sixteen, and so on.

There is another subspecies, several orders of magnitude higher in complexity. In it, instead of tips in the form of filled cells with numbers, only the sum of the numbers in separate groups is specified - that is, the site is again divided into rectangular blocks of different sizes, and somewhere near the sum of the numbers of the block is indicated.

Another variation of Sudoku, where the blocks are not square, but arbitrary shape with the same number of cells.

There are also simple sudoku for children - 4 by 4, 2 by 2. But for the adult generation, they are of little interest. Another curious modification is diagonal sudoku. Here, the field is not divided into smaller squares, as in conventional Sudoku, and on the diagonal. They need each row, column and the maximum two diagonals to place numbers so that they would meet once.

The Popularity

The real popularity of Sudoku gained only in modern times, when a certain Japanese magazine began to regularly print on the back of the puzzle. Maybe the game would have remained popular only in the countries of the Rising Sun, but here, in 2004, the British "Times" also began to print this game, and spread it across Europe. The fever has gathered momentum and continues to this day. Even some regional magazines already consider Sudoku as an integral component of their material.

How to Solve a Sudoku

Sudoku lovers, over time, develop a certain algorithm by which they solve puzzles. Here are some of the most common tips to easily solve Sudoku.

Interesting Facts

Bertham Felgenhauer counted the number of theoretical combinations in a standard 9-by-9 field, and concluded that it is possible to make 6.670.903.752.021.072.936.960 different Sudoku.