Friday Random 10: Sudoku Edition

Pax Arcana

sudoku_kitteh1According to USA Today (helllllllooooo business travelers!), a computer science professor at Winthrop University says he’s perfected a fool-proof guide to solving Sudoku puzzles.

If you’re not familiar with Sudoku, imagine staring a grid divided into three rows and three columns that are themselves subdivided into three rows and three columns. Some of the boxes have numbers in them. You’re supposed to figure out where other numbers go. Sounds boring, huh? IT IS! But at least professor J.F. Crook says you’re guaranteed to solve the puzzle while you slowly go insane.

Here are those steps, according to McPaper:

Scan the puzzle for any “forced” numbers in blank squares within the 3-by-3 boxes, ones in which there are enough surrounding numbers filled in that it could be only one number.

Mark up the rest of the puzzle, noting in the open squares every possible number that might occupy the square.

After you’ve marked up the puzzle, look at the number combinations row by row, column by column and interior box by box. If one number stands out as unique in that row, column or box, it belongs in the square in which you’ve written it.

Repeat this search until only one of the numbers you’ve written in each of the squares is left. It will be the right number.

Frame your completed puzzle and hang it above your Mensa certificate to demonstrate your superior mental acuity.

OK I made that last one up.

The songs:

Thru the Eyes of Ruby — Smashing Pumpkins
Let it Ride — Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
Sandy Feat — High Places
Gang Bang Suicide — Broken Social Scene Presents… Kevin Drew
Elq Milq — Black Moth Super Rainbow + The Octopus Project
The Happy Song — Otis Redding
Go On, Say It — Blind Pilot
Hurricane Jane — Black Kids
Peacocks — The Mountain Goats
You Don’t Miss Your Water — Otis Redding

Bonus Video:

North American Scum — LCD Soundsystem (Live at Later…)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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8 responses to “Friday Random 10: Sudoku Edition

  1. Fallen Angel

    wow, not hating on you pax, but the article. this method was described years ago when the stupid sudoku craze was at it’s peak. how the hell does this guy get credit?

  2. Perry Ellis

    No Random 10, FA? Bad form. Bad form, indeed.

    The Big Battle, Johnny Cash
    Ride, The Vines
    Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth, The Dandy Warhols
    Jump Through The Hoops, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    Metropolitan Glide, Tom Waits
    King Tut (live), Steve Martin
    Burning, Fugazi
    A Sunday Smile, Beirut
    Mr. Tambourine Man, Bob Dylan
    Pajaro Campana, unknown artist of Latino (a?) origin

  3. Um, how does he think people solve sudoku? Guessing? Jesus.

  4. I think it’s more that he went through the effort to do a mathematical “proof” of the method than anything else:

    “Many players and strategy guides intuitively take steps like those Crook outlines, but he says his study offers the first mathematically guaranteed way of solving the puzzles.”

  5. Also – KING TUT FTW!!!!

  6. Coach Football

    1. Druganaut–Black Mountain
    2. The Girl with No Name–Byrds
    3. Black Pearl–Sonny Charles and the Checkmates
    4. As Long as I’ve Got You–The Charmels
    5. Don’t Change Your Plans–Ben Folds Five
    6. Respect–Otis Redding
    7. Mornings Eleven–Magic Numbers
    8. Take Time to Know Her–Arthur Conley
    9. Consequence–The Notwist
    10. Where I Want to Be–Start

  7. Birch

    Pax, I noticed High Places on your list….what do you think?

  8. wo

    Nomeansno- Ashes
    Surrender to the Air – And Furthermore
    Rainbow – Still I’m Sad
    Acid King – One Ninety Six
    Bob Dylan – Girl From the North Country
    Opeth – Forest of October
    Frank Zappa – Whipping Post
    Bruce Dickinson – Back From the Edge
    Amon Amarth – Hermod’s Ride To Hel – Lokes Treachery Part 1
    Blotted Science – Adrenosine Buildup
    I’m likely the only person on Earth with this mix, so if anyone reads this I will be found out quickly.

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