How to Play Sudoku

by Kelsey Norwood

in Family Fun

If you don’t know how to play Sudoku, it’s time to learn. It really is a fun way to pass the time while waiting for kids or any other time.  Here’s a quick run down:


The object of the game is to get numbers 1-9 just once in each of the 9 mini squares and in each vertical column and horizontal row. So for a 9×9 square Sudoku game:

  • each 3×3 box must have numbers 1-9 in any order
  • each column must have numbers 1-9 in any order
  • each row must have numbers 1-9 in any order

If any box, column, or row has two of the same number, you’ve done something wrong. Sudoku doesn’t require any math skills, just logic. (If you lack logical thinking skills, Sudoku is a good way to improve – I struggled at first but it has gotten easier. I must be more logical now!!)

Each puzzle has some squares already filled in from which you deduct the rest of the numbers. The difficulty of the game depends on how many squares they’ve given you to start with. The more filled in squares, the easier the puzzle and vice versa.

The puzzles also come in all different sizes and forms: I’ve played a 16×16 game (you would use numbers 1-16 in this case) and also a puzzle that used letters rather than numbers.

If I haven’t explained myself clearly, ask a question!!!

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