Archive for September, 2005

Teen’s Su Ready

Like all New Yorkers, Jennifer Drenzyk loves a good challenge and plays to win. That’s why the plucky Hunter College freshman is totally psyched to be playing for cash and prizes worth a whopping $10,000 in our Post Su Doku Championships this weekend.

‘I’m very excited about it. I love Su Doku!’ said Drenzyk, 18, an elementary-education student and one of 100 lucky Post readers who qualified and were then selected to compete Saturday at New York University.

Drenzyk got hooked on our exciting puzzle when it debuted in April in The Post.

More in the New York Post…

 

The Sudoku workout

Research has shown that keeping the mind agile is just as important as keeping fit in the battle to stay young. In fact, by stretching the brain with regular crossword and Sudoku puzzles, you can make your brain appear up to 14 years younger.

Professor Ian Robertson, of the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College, Dublin, who carried out the study of 3,000 men and women, reveals his top 10 tips for keeping the brain sharp and the years at bay.

Enjoy, Tim

 

Would you like a Sudoku with your Beer?

Japanese beer Asahi is aiming to help licensees make the game a little more sociable by putting sudokus on beer mats and announcing Britain’s first national sudoku tournament, the 2006 Asahi Pure Logic Championship.

According to the brilliantly named Moto Suzuki, sales and marketing general manager for Asahi Beer Europe: “The sudoku challenge presents an excellent opportunity for licensees to add value and boost their business by tapping into a current craze.”

More…

 

Interactive TV Sudoku Launches on Sky Gamestar

Puzzler Sudoku, an interactive TV version of the popular puzzle game, has launched on Sky Gamestar.

Players can purchase three complete puzzles at any one level for 60p or purchase unlimited access to all four levels of puzzles for £1.00 per session.

Enjoy – Tim

 

Knowledge Base: SuDoKu

André Normandin has kindly provided us with an in-depth review of Mastersoft’s SuDoku for Pocket PC. Complete with a discussion on installation issues, and many screen shots, André has given us a very balanced review of a great product.

“The hardest part of doing this review was putting the game down..”

(You may recall a review of this software from George a little while ago.)

Enjoy, Tim

 

Four Sudoku books in the USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS Top 50 list

Four Sudoku books feature in the USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS Top 50 list.

And the books are … (drum roll please)…

24. “The Book of Sudoku” by Michael Mepham (Overlook)

26. “Su Doku for Dummies” by Andrew Heron & Edmund James (Wiley)

42. “Sudoku Easy, Volume 1” by Will Shortz (St. Martin’s Griffin)

47. “New York Post Su Doku 1” by Wayne Gould (Collins)

 

Much ado about Sudoku

“Sudoku, or Su Doku, is the name for a maddeningly addictive Japanese number logic puzzle which has become a bona fide craze in the United States during the past few months.”

According to the most recent list of best-selling books tracked by USA Today, seven of the top 100 were compilations of Sudoku puzzles.

The rapid rise in popularity of the game has reminded some of the Rubik’s cube phenomenon in the 1980s. So who stands to make money from Sudoku?

Wayne Gould, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur who has written a computer program that generates Sudoku puzzles, said that his firm, Pappocom, has received “well over $1 million” in revenue in less than a year from the game.

Considering how fast the game has become a pop-culture phenomenon, Gould is a bit worried that the craze could cool just as rapidly. “The glut does concern me. But it’s a free market,” Gould said.

Kathie Kerr, a spokesperson for Universal Press Syndicate, which began offering a version of Sudoku to newspapers in May and already has 250 clients, believes that Sudoku won’t be a fad. “This has been a fantastic launch for any new feature. It’s unprecedented,” she said.

“Crossword puzzles are the love of many people. There is a hope that newspapers can build the same kind of loyalty with Sudoku fans,” she said.

More from CNN.

Enjoy, Tim

 

Parker Pens cashes in on Sudoku

Parker Pens has become the first advertiser to cash in on the Sudoku craze, sponsoring the puzzle in The Independent.

The deal, brokered by Starcom on behalf of Sanford Fine, promotes Parker Pens’ new three-in-one product, which incorporates a pencil, pen and a PDA pointer.

The campaign, which starts on Monday, 3 October and will run every weekday until the end of December, is a departure from traditional advertising for Parker.

The Independent ‘s solutions department created a bespoke package that includes space around the Quick Sudoku on the back page and also the three puzzles on the games page.

Starcom said the puzzle was ideal for the product because players could use pencil to work out the options and fill in the final number in pen.

The PDA pointer could also come in handy for diehard fans as Starcom and Avantgo are creating a Sudoku Channel for download onto PDAs.

‘It is such a perfect fit with Sudoku,’ said Starcom’s Nadine Kafena, the planner responsible for the deal.

Story from Media Week

 

Sudoku Phenom Mobile

The number game sweeping the world is en route to handsets via GOSUB 60.

GOSUB 60 is prepping a mobile edition of global puzzle phenom Sudoku, the game that mixes crosswords with numbers.

Sudoku Deluxe will include over 1,000 puzzles stretched across four difficulty levels. GOSUB 60’s Sudoku Deluxe adds a community element with Text-A-Friend features that allow players to taunt and challenge each other right from a simple menu.

Sudoku Deluxe will roll out on October 15.

It will be available through IGN Wireless.

Enjoy, Tim

 

Puzzle solved – we love a brainteaser

Huddersfield puzzle compiler Philip Carter will never reveal his own IQ, but as a member of Mensa, it’s over 148, and his talent for logic and ability for lateral thinking puts him in the top two per cent of the population.

When the recent craze for sudoku took hold earlier this year, it brought with it a wave of experts espousing the health benefits of sitting in an armchair solving puzzles.

It’s something Philip has perhaps unsurprisingly been saying for years.

“It’s something you’ve got to do,” he says.

“The brain is the most important part of the body, but it’s the part we most take for granted. People go to the gym, they put moisturiser on their face, but often they forget about their brain.

“I really believe that by doing puzzles you strengthen the connection between the brain cells and the neurons. It’s about improving your mental well-being.”

While this may explain why people should do crosswords and brain teasers, it doesn’t quite shed light on why they do.

“I think it’s about taking time out,” says Philip. “There is something satisfying about filling in the final grid or solving a puzzle, and people don’t like them to be do easy, they want a challenge, but a challenge they can do sitting on the train or listening to the radio.

More in the Yorkshire Post Today

Enjoy

 

Sudoku Master for MS Smartphone released

In some countries (like UK) Sudoko has become one of the most popular puzzles nowadays! To the point that people don’t buy newspapers if they don’t have some Sudoku puzzle in them..

Here comes yet another Sudoku for MS Smartphone!

Enjoy, Tim

 

Number puzzles find fans across the country

‘I’ve got two words for you: eraser pen.’

That’s the advice of international flight attendant Debbie Grant of Annapolis for anyone looking to join in on the latest puzzle craze, sudoku.

Gary Amoth, owner of Hard Bean Coffee & BookSellers in Annapolis, which stocks a host of sudoku titles, tells of one customer who bought a puzzle book at 3 p.m. and was still going strong trying to solve them at home four hours later – incinerating the family’s dinner.

Mr. Amoth is a sudoku fan himself, and has had the books in stock for about 2½ months. They’ve been selling well, though he thinks the craze really hasn’t even started yet. Christmas will be the time it really takes off, he predicted.

More in HometownAnnapolis.com.

 

Sudoku sharpens wits without math

Software developer Jeff Grovesner picked up a copy of USA Today, and snagged on a Japanese-sounding game he’d never heard of before. It sucked him into another sphere of consciousness. When the 52-year-old Palm Bay, Fla., resident was finished, nearly six hours of his life were missing.

Grovesner says, ‘I managed to solve the problem.’

More in The Enquirer…

 

Sudoku got your number?

Frustrated? Confused?

Don’t worry. Sudoku has a habit of sticking it to newbies. But the more you play our new daily mindteaser, the better you get. And to provide a little more background — including a tip from a Sudoku master — The News Observer came up with a list of FAQs.

 

The All New Sudoku Daily Challenge!

If you haven’t yet subscribed to The Sudoku Daily Challenge, now is a great time to do so!

Our software is fully updated, and the puzzles and bigger and badder than ever!

Just fill in your name and email address in the box at the top right of this page, and click on the Subscribe button.

You will get a daily email with not one but two graded puzzles to keep you challenged. Don’t miss out! Sign up right now – you are just seconds away from your first Sudoku Daily Challenge email!

 

Sudoku in the Best Seller lists

The Sudoku craze is filling the best seller lists with Sudoku-related books.

‘I can’t think of a puzzle book that has sold like this,’ said Ethan Friedman, who edits The New York Times crossword puzzle books for St Martin’s/Griffin Press, including two volumes of sudoku with introductions by Times crossword guru Will Shortz.
‘This is a publishing phenomenon,’ said Friedman. In all, nine sudoku books are planned.

Nielsen BookScan, which lists 10 sudoku titles, estimates that they sold a combined 40 000 copies in the US last week. The only books that sold more were JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About.

Three weeks ago, no sudoku books were on USA Today’s top 150 list. Now, there are six. “

“It could flame out, but based on everything I’ve been able to discern so far, sudoku is a keeper,” Barnes and Noble company president Esther Margolis said. “It’s the kind of puzzle that seems to be so intriguing and satisfies such a wide age range.”

More from News24.com…