According 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.
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