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May 18th, 2005


If you have actual work to do (grading, writing papers for deadlines, remembering to prepare food, etc) I wouldn’t recommend reading the rest of this post. For the braver among you.

After reading this story in the Guardian I lost a lot of time yesterday playing Sudoku. It’s basically a magic squares game from Japan, that seems like it should be easy, but is in practice surprisingly hard. And surprisingly addictive. I didn’t get to the point where I’d stop watching a Red Sox game in order to keep playing, but I did manage to procrastinate on some grading in order to keep playing. (I guess that doesn’t really tell you much about the addictive effects.) Anyway, if you want to get no work done the next month, follow either of those links and you’ll have plenty of ways to avoid doing anything else.

Posted by Brian Weatherson in Uncategorized


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8 Responses to “Sudoku”

  1. ant says:

    If you want to be even less productive, and you’ve made the leap to Mac OS X Tiger, there’s a Sudoku widget for dashboard…procrastination is only an F12 away.

  2. Mary-Anne says:

    I’ve been playing at – insane!

  3. Alf says:

    Try for the homepage of the Tiger widget, you can also play Sudoku aginst others and get yourself on the leaderboard if you are fast enough.

  4. Roy says:

    There’s a daily sudoku puzzle at

  5. Alastair says:


    Here’s my take on the whole craze:

    It’s an online Assistant – it has a workpad, four daily graded puzzles, it can check your work as you go and if you need help it tries to give ‘intelligent’ suggestions about how to solve the board you’re on.

    It’s a fairly new site so all feedback and suggestions appreciated, thanks.


  6. Peter says:

    Yes, it is addictive, especially when you play in a nice format like this one, Wrost of all, you can save your game so you’ve got to finish! Peter

  7. jose cortes says:

    Yes, we need you. We need a lot of tips. WHERE CAN i GET THEM?

  8. Tom Wiler says:

    I think this is one of the best sudoku sites out there: