Sudoku Solutions – Some Helpful Tips For Beginners
Learn some of the basic rules of solving Sudoku puzzles and what makes this Japanese game so popular in different parts of the world – in our special interest article on the scope of Sudoku, its solutions and how to reach faster at them.
Primarily a logic-determined number placement puzzle, the game of Sudoku involves placing numerals 1-9 in every given cell of a 9×9 grid, which is further divided into a 3×3 region and to begin the game, the player has to focus on a set of pre-entered numbers, screen these to decide how to fit others in empty cells.
While Sudoku is not a very difficult game to play, it does have its moments of flummoxing even the most intelligent player or mathematical genius simply because sometimes their approach to the game is more academic than based on logic and reasoning, which is what is required in this clever game of abstract thinking.
Players who have moved from the light and easy stage through the moderately hard to the difficult will find that using existing techniques, revisiting some of the old solutions and challenging their brain cells about strategic number placement of the Sudoku range (1-9, appearing only once in each cell in a given timeline) works for them more than trying to figure out a formula. This is why Sudoku’s main methods – Scanning, Marking Up and Analysis are never in doubt by the more experienced players and we outline these here for your perusal.
Among the most popular and accepted techniques that simplify the game, Sudoku’s 3 methods of Scanning, Marking Up and Analysis are ideal for the beginner level player to get a basic understanding of the game.
At every level of the Sudoku game, these techniques come into use: scanning is started at the beginning of the puzzle and may be done many times when a person studies various possibilities of the number placement, including the pre-entered numbers on the 9×9 grid. It consists of cross-hatching (scanning rows and columns with an imaginary line connecting possibilities next to the ‘givens’ and eliminating frequently occurring numbers to arrive at an accurate result) and counting (where missing numbers are determined, till the last numeral is ascertained).
In the marking up stage, numbers are entered after determining there are no numerals left to be detected; it consists of 2 notations – subscript (writing possibilities in a box) and dots (to denote intended numbers and to avoid confusion – suitable for more experienced players).
Analyzing is the last stage in the Sudoku solution and has 2 techniques namely, elimination and what-if used to remove possible numbers from one cell till only one choice is remaining or using clever guess-work; it involves a fair degree of trial and error and thus is not favored by perfectionists whereas What-if leaves one with 2 options to work out the complete set of Sudoku grid numbers.
Try your hand today at this fun and fast puzzle game that stimulates your brain cells and also gives you superior logical thinking skills – the more you practice it!