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2009-04-27 18:02:05

A Polish man was named the top puzzle solver at the World Sudoku Championships in Slovakia, but some criticized the contest for having unclear rules. Jan Mrozowski, 22, was named the winner after judges spent an hour deliberating a complaint from the Turkish team that the rules had not been explained properly before the final round, The Times of London reported Monday. I don't yet know how I feel, Mrozowski said after besting contestants from 26 other countries. It's too soon. The last puzzle...

2009-03-16 17:41:41

A South Carolina computer scientist says he has come up with an infallible system for solving sudoku puzzles. J.F. Crook, a computer scientist at Winthrop University, said in the latest Notices of the American Mathematical Society that he has come up with the first mathematically guaranteed system for solving the popular numbers puzzle, USA Today reported Monday. Sudoku generally involves a grid of 81 squares, some of which contain numbers 1-9. The object is to fill in the remaining boxes...

2006-01-09 13:02:07

By Jeffrey Goldfarb LONDON (Reuters) - The sudoku craze that has attracted legions of addicted puzzlers around the world is making the leap to television from newspapers and books. ITV2, Britain's most watched digital channel, plans to air a live sudoku participation program seven days a week through March starting this week at 1 a.m., as the broadcaster seeks new ways to generate revenue beyond traditional advertising. Rather than scribbling in grid numbers on their commute home,...

2005-10-19 10:39:13

By Jeffrey Goldfarb FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sudoku is adding up to big sales for book publishers, who are pushing out more new titles ahead of Christmas in case the number puzzle mania fizzles out. In Britain alone, more than two million sudoku-related books have been sold since the Times newspaper first introduced the addictive puzzle to readers just last year. At one point earlier this year, six of the country's top 10 nonfiction bestsellers were sudoku books, and if publishers'...


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