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Sudoku Kingdom, a seemingly simple numbers game, but has become the biggest puzzle craze to hit the world since Rubik’s Cube. It is all over the newspapers, spreading across the internet and heading for television, yet its phenomenal popularity raises some puzzling questions.
Sudoku – or something very similar to it – was invented by Leonhard Euler, an 18th-century mathematical virtuoso from Basle. When Euler lost his sight in early middle age and was unable to work from books, he developed the ability to compute complex sums in his head and a talent for composing puzzles.
In the 1780s Euler invented a grid-based puzzle (with blank grid sudoku), which he christened Latin Squares. It was, in all material aspects, equal to Sudoku kingdom, yet it remained hardly noticed until it turned up – renamed the Number Place Game – in America in the 1980s. It was found by Nobuhiko Kanamoto, an member of a Japanese puzzle magazine, who suggested that it might work for their readership. More on sudoku history
The Japanese made amendments, rendering the game slightly more difficult than the American version, and renamed it Sudoku, meaning Number Single (sometimes called samurai sudoku). The name plucks two words from the explanation that ran alongside the first puzzles and refers to the fact that the numbers are limited to singles, one to nine. Today there are at least five Japanese shack Sudoku magazines with a total circulation of 660,000. “The advantage of Sudoku is that it is so comfortable to grasp the concept,” Kanamoto told The Sunday Telegraph last week, “yet it has depth. You can no more get bored of Sudoku than you can get bored of reading novels.”
The game caught the attention of Wayne Gould, a 59-year-old New Zealand lawyer, and puzzle fan. He spent six years developing a computer program to mass-produce the puzzles and brought the concept to Britain. It began appearing in The Times last November and has since spread to the puzzle page of almost every national newspaper. Britain’s first Sudoku magazine, Sudoku Selection, launched by the German publisher Bauer, is about to hit the streets. A mobile phone version is already up and running. Television pilots are being planned. Is the country heading for a mass Sudoku seizure?
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