Sudoku Addiction

Alternate Title: How Everyone in the World is Better Than Me.

We had a lazy day in the Zaiss household on the 24th, and my mom suggested I try one of these sudoku puzzles (the ones where you place 1 – 9 inclusive in each row, column, and square). So I tried them. Addictive, but I got the first one wrong. What a shame.

Well, it turns out that I received a Sudoku calendar for Christmas. And it’s daily. That means a daily sudoku for the next 365 days starting in one week. Thinking I need much practice, I took my friend KC’s advice to explore some sudoku on the web . I did one tonight (easy), and did it casually while talking to friends online. It took me 37 minutes. For fun, I asked “How did I do?” I got this graph back:

with big, red text underneath that said “Below Average: 100% are faster.” Apparently the graph ends at 30 minutes, and NOBODY (except me) takes longer. Ouch. Thanks Web Sudoku, for trampling my aspirations of future Sudoku problem solving.

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  1. On December 26th, 2005 at 12:08 pm, said:

    Weird, I got a Sudoku puzzle book (Green Belt, whatever that means) for Christmas although I had never heard of it before. It must be the hot new thing to give to all of the nerdy math types that you know. But being nerdy math types, we’re behind on most trends, so we don’t know a thing about it. Very clever. The first one did take me quite some time as well, so fear not. Anyway, who says that speed should be the metric by which a solution’s quality is judged? I bet we could come up with something else that made us seem smarter than everybody. How about this, who can prove that solving a Sudoku puzzle is NP-Complete faster? (I assume it must be NP-Complete, or it’s not as interesting).

    You know what makes rubic’s cubes no fun for me? Trying to get them done quickly.

  2. On December 28th, 2005 at 12:31 pm, Laura said:

    i adore Su Doku. But fear not, you can get a Su Doku widget for your dashboard too!

  3. On January 12th, 2006 at 1:58 pm, Janey said:

    What? Do you really think Sudokus are cool?!? I am an old-timer, but I can still find better things to do with my time. Pretty soon, along with AA and NA–there will be SA…

  4. On January 18th, 2006 at 12:29 am, zsz said:

    I’m a math major. So’s my former roommate Eric. So yeah… we find number puzzles at least intriguing. Does that make me nerdy? Absolutely. Do I care? Not really.

    The cool thing I’ve noticed about Sudoku is that it seems to draw in everyone, regardless of their math abilities. I think that’s an accomplishment in and of itself.

  5. On February 3rd, 2007 at 11:59 pm, Mary said:

    You should be glad that you failed so early on. Once you get better at them, they’re even more addictive. I can’t stop. It’s horrible!

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