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Play Sudoku for sharpening your brain
Sudoku is a kind of puzzle game which swept the people of Japan during the eighties. By the year 2005 the game became popular in USA. Sudoku in Japanese means single number. In the puzzle you are given a grid of 9x9 and asked to fill in the empty spaces in such a way so that no number is repeated in the same column or same row. Within the 9x9 grid again there are 3x3 boxes. While filling the spaces you have to see so that each column, each row and all the 3x3 boxes contain all the numbers from 1 to 9.
In playing the sudoku online puzzle game of Sudoku you do not require any mathematical skill or calculations. You are only required to logically place the digits in the empty spaces with the above mentioned rules. This is considered to be an excellent brain game which increases concentration and logical power. If you start playing the puzzle game you will find the difference within a short time.
Sudoku is now available to play online and there are many sites available in the internet where you are given to play the puzzle game online. The online sites of USA offer solution hints by telephoning to the numbers mentioned at the sites. The calls are chargeable at the rate of 60P per minute.
At the start there will be 9x9 grid with some boxes filled in with digits. You will be asked to fill up the rest in a specific way. You have to be alert to see that your move is correct by consciously noting the following points which are considered as wrong.
When any of the rows has more than one of the numbers which come from 1 to 9
When any of the columns has more than one of the numbers
which come from 1 to 9
When any of the 3x3 boxes has more than one of the numbers which come from 1 to 9
Sudoku is a number puzzle game which can be practiced time and again to get the hold on it. This is systematic placement strategy of the digits in a particular methodology so that the goal can be achieved. The strategy changes with every play as the filled up numbers go on varying. The puzzle are also divided broadly into three categories namely for the beginners, middle level players and high level players.
A few tips for the beginners of the sudoku online can be as follows.
Have a close observation of the 9x9 grid offered to you and look for the 3x3 boxes which have five or more than five numbers. So you are left with four or less than four numbers to fill-in in the box. So it will not be difficult for you to fill up taking care not to repeat the digits within the 3x3 box. For this you have to look through the columns and rows to see whether same digits are there or not. Accordingly you have to place the digits in the 3x3 box. In most cases you will find that such places turn out to be unique only.
The next tips is to divide the 9x9 grid into three columns and three rows by the approximation using visual senses with concentration. So you will be left with three 3x3 boxes in each large imaginary column and three 3x3 boxes in each large imaginary rows. You have now to find two of the same number in the columns or grids. In such manner you can search for the location of the missing number according to the said established rule of the game of puzzle.
The beginners can enjoy the free online Sudoku games at the many online sites where they can opt for the games as per their standard of proficiencies. You will be asked to select your game where options provided are beginner, easy, medium, hard and expert. In the top time spent is shown to record the time required by you to solve the puzzle. In case you want to change the puzzle you may click the new puzzle button. Once you solve the puzzle sudoku online you can check the solution and print the solved puzzle.
The article appeared in The Guardian on 2nd June 2014 has given 2826 easy Sudoku puzzles for solving. The puzzles appear in The Guardian once every week and have become very popular.