The Times Fiendish Su Doku Book 1 Paperback – 20 Mar 2006
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About the Author
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. Wayne Gould says retirement can now wait as Sudoku keeps him busier than ever. He travels between his different bases; Lantau and New Hampshire in the United States, where his wife Gaye is a professor of linguistics, and other parts of the world to which his new hobby has taken him. He has two children, daughter Sally, 29, and son, Scott, 27.
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So I bought this book in the hope that I would have some puzzles to get my teeth into; this is what I found: usually, it is easy to fill in say 10 numbers and then comes the block, which can take (well me anyway) ages to find where the next cell possible to fill lies. In the meantime, numerous blocks, lines, columns have accumulated two, four or even six cells that only two figures can go into. Once you solve the current block (only one per puzzle), all the other numbers 'collapse' and it is just a matter of filling in the only possible number that can be in the remaining cells. You can see the answers faster than you can write them in. There are no further blocks to tussle with. It's very frustrating and deeply disappointing.
These puzzles rely solely on 'naked pairs' and 'hidden pairs'. I should add that I'm still not convinced about the tactic behind 'hidden pairs' as sometimes it seems to work and sometimes it doesn't. This may be because there is some other factor to be taken into account of which I am unaware. (I suspect this may be the case - I am by no means a Sudoku expert.) If you have full command of this tactic, then you will find this book even more disappointing than I do.
This book is now deep in my bedside locker and only comes out when I can't sleep and all other reading matter has been finished.
Hours of fun and frustration await you. You will almost certainly need a pencil for this book and it is, of course, not the place for beginners to start...
The strange thing about Fiendish puzzles is that the ones at the beginning of the book are relatively easy and they get more difficult as the book progresses. So it is not advisable to do them in random order assuming Fiendish puzzles are all equally difficult.
The journey was a lot of fun.
Being the very difficult they do take your time, but it's a great feeling once one has reached the solution. The book consists of 190 Fiendish Su Dokus and 10 Super Fiendish. If this sounds too tricky, there are similar books available with "easy", "moderate" and "difficult" su dokus. To get a feel which are right for you, try attempting the puzzles in The Times newspaper.
I like the hardest ones, and feel that this is one of the very few excellent books available solely aimed for that level.
The "difficult books" were starting to get too achievable with me scoring over 95 percent.
To keep learning I have just gone up to "Fiendish"
Now striking about 60 percent and have the challenge to improve.
The times have pitched these very well and 200 puzzles is great value and of course rapid Amazon Service.
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I understand that this is not as fiendish as the title suggests, but still a good Su Doku book
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