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Extreme Su Doku Gift Set [Paperback]

Wayne Gould
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5 Nov 2007

The ultimate Su Doku challenge from Wayne Gould, the world's best-selling Su Doku master.

Wayne Gould is widely recognised as the leading authority on Su Doku books and has sold over 6 million Su Doku titles world wide. Such is his su doku gravitas that Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 people who shaped the world in 2005.

In Extreme Su Doku Gift Set Wayne Gould presents the perfect gift for every su doku enthusiast: this elegant slipcase containing all three books offers a rich collection of 360 super-fiendish puzzles and is set to take the reader to a new exhilarating level.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007266073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007266074
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,142,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gould was a lawyer for 13 years in Matamata, New Zealand, before coming to Hong Kong in 1982 where he worked his way up to become Chief District Judge in 1993. He retired from the Judiciary in 1997 and, that same year, during a visit to Japan, he was in a bookstore where, not knowing how to read or speak Japanese, he was drawn to the puzzle which he first thought was a crossword. He was intrigued and later on he decided to take it with him to the United States and Britain. After his initial retirement, in efforts to pass time and sharpen his computer skills, Gould developed the computer program that generates Sudoku puzzles.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Howard
Be very clear right from the start - this is not a sudoku book for the faint hearted! In fact, it is easily the most difficult - and therefore for me, the most satisfying I've tried.

I'd enjoyed (over a long period of time!) Gould's "Fiendish" books published under the Times banner but when I came to the end of that I was at a bit of a loss where to turn next. I tried the Tom Sheldon "Sudoku Genius" book which was difficult but annoyingly this documents and advocates a "trial and error" approach which to my mind is not true sudoku and the puzzles were greatly devalued as a result. I stopped after a dozen or so,

Due to the authors pedigree, the puzzles in here definitely have the right feel - no guessing required, but very very deep thought definitely is. Towards the end of his Times Fiendish Book I was getting great satisfaction in doing the puzzles without any pencil marks, i.e. purely by logic and brain power, but they would take me 30 odd minutes quite often

I have yet to be able to do a puzzle in this book in anything like that time, and certainly have not finished any without writing numbers in.

There is no messing about, it is straight in with the hardest level. The first one took me ages to complete until I got into the swing of it. I should also add that it is extremely worthwhile reading the advanced tutorials at the start, i finally understood the x-wing and swordfish methods which are essential for usage even after just the first few puzzles

If you like extremely difficult sudoku, are a fan of the Times puzzles and their associated logic, and most other books are either too easy or the puzzles aren't well formed, then trust me, you will LOVE this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I agree - Hardest yet! 7 Feb 2008
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I agree with the previous reviewer. I have tried and largely completed many other su doku titles, including the Fiendish/Super-Fiendish ones, but this is by far and away the most testing of the lot. So much so that I have already purchased Extreme #2 and #3, although it may be some time before I get to those ones!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Su Doku 30 Nov 2010
By Bluto
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Sudoku is addictive, and, like everything else, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Unlike everything else, however, with Su Doku, as you crack one level of difficulty, you need to have a more difficult set of problems to go at. This set of three books is dexcribed as "extreme", and there's no doubt that these are the ultimate Su Doku puzzles in terms of difficulty. I exclude those puzzles where you need to guess something, and then work it round to see if the guess was right or not. I don't really think that they can be counted as proper logic puzzles, because they involve guesswork. If you're into that, then some of the books from the Daily Telegraph series - "Fireside" and "Christmas" Su Doku - might suit you. They are not as logically difficult, but frequently require some guesswork and then checking. I do not enjoy those - guesswork doesn't seem to me to be a good way to solve puzzles (unless you're a computer, in which case it's a very good way indeed, but you need to be very quick!).

Wayne Gould seems to have understood exactly what Su Doku is all about very early on, and worked out a way of controlling the difficulty of his puzzles perfectly. There is NO guesswork (sometimes euphemistically referred to as "Forcing Chains" or "Nishio" - names invented, I suggest, to add plausibility to guessing!). But, make no mistake, these puzzles are hard. X-wings are often in as a matter of course. The second half of the book contains the occasional Swordfish, and these are REALLY difficult to spot - excellent! There is even, occasionally, a hidden quad, which are beautiful when you find them, but not very common.

All in all, if you've reached the point where most Su Doku puzzles in newspapers are fairly easy (even the "Super Fiendish"), and you don't enjoy the "let's try this and see if it works" approach, then this set of books is for you. You won't be racing through these! But be warned, they are addictive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fiendish, Superfiendish, and Extreme Su Doku 26 Mar 2011
When I reviewed Fiendish Su Doku 3 I wished for a book that contained a few Fiendish, some Super-fiendish and some Extreme. I realise now that the Extreme Su Doku books offer exactly that. I am not aware of much difference in each of the three books in the series. Each book starts with some puzzles which are pretty straightforward when the worst thing you'll encounter is an X-wing. In fact these books are mostly an X-wing-fest. Later in each book you get some hidden triples (rarely open triples) and Swordfish but in these later puzzles there is usually more work to be done. You can't expect to find just one of these to unlock the answer. There will be a few layers that need to be peeled away. These are the most satisfying puzzles.

But I find it a bit strange that each book starts with unchallenging puzzles and finishes with truly fiendish puzzles. If you finish one book then start the next at the beginning it is very noticeable that there is a huge difference in difficulty between the first puzzle and the last. So when you start the next book you know you have an easy ride for a long time. Surely all books like this should be progressive. E.g. if book 1 contained puzzles graded from 8 to 14 in difficulty then book 2 should contain puzzles graded 11 to 17. Some overlap and and some progression. To be fair there seems some evidence of progression in book 3.

In each book the author says that no puzzle includes a Jellyfish. "We will leave those to the enjoyment by computer-solvers." In the time I spent doing all the easy ones I could have been solving a Jellyfish!

Apart from these criticisms the puzzles are well designed, fair, and enjoyable.

I've upped my rating to 5 star as I felt a bit mean. Just don't expect any Jellyfish or XY-wings. Even Swordfish are rare (non productive Swordfish are in abundance).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take care
At 30-page steps through the book, 42 puzzles sampled showed them to be as challenging as 'Absolutely Nasty Book 4'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. L. Hulme
4.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully this will keep my friend amused
I bought this as a present for a friend who is very into Su Doku. I read the reviews on the books available, some of which I have bought for her in the past. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Archie Parchie
1.0 out of 5 stars Too extreme for my taste and ability
You would have to be amazing to tackle this one with any joy. It is very difficult and overly complicated for even quite good and regular Sudoku players. Sorry, not for me!
Published 3 months ago by Poppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about a challenge!
I have bought this book at least 5 times because the challenge of completing these puzzles successfully is AMAZING! I'm on a 25% success rate at the moment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by pingfloy
4.0 out of 5 stars good quality product
good product for all Sudoku fans at a very good price.
The puzzles are all super difficult and not for the faint hearted. And all by the master of Sudoku Wayne Gould. Read more
Published 7 months ago by stephen smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I bought this for my husband - this is the only series that he enjoys as there are some really challenging puzzles as well as some plain difficult ones. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pat R
5.0 out of 5 stars A real challenge
I've completed about half of the puzzles in the book and all bar the odd one or two took me an age to complete. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. S. A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected!!!
I thought I was good at Sudoku, even the fiendish were easy.....but this book takes you to another level. You won't be disappointed, just make sure you have hours to spare. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by ka
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne Gould Sudoku Extreme
You cannot get better than Wayne Gould. Whilst extremely difficult all books are totally logical......... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Chris t
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging
These are really, really challenging and good fun. I like them because they are so nicely printed and have plenty of room to write the numbers in. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by Pauline Butcher Bird
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