- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Times Books; Csm edition (2 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007440669
- ISBN-13: 978-0007440665
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Times Fiendish Su Doku Book 5 Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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The Times is a British daily national newspaper, first published in London in 1785. A daily cryptic crossword is published in the main newspaper, and the Mind Games section in the Times2 supplement contains sudoku, Killer Sudoku, KenKen, word polygon puzzles, and a quick crossword.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, the Book 5 that has just been released is a great disappointment. It is too easy. It is certainly not really a Fiendish level set of puzzles.
The Super Fiendish level puzzles are particularly misnamed. Out of the full set of 20 puzzles, only one needed any of the more advanced techniques! This is not a proper level of difficulty. Solving a Super Fiendish should give a sense of elation, because it was properly difficult. It is necessary that at least a few puzzles require a number of different advanced "tricks" to solve them. Unfortunately, this is not true of Book 5.
Normally in this series of books I can do about half of the Super Fiendish puzzles in one sitting each. With the other half I get bored doing the work required to eliminate the final key redundant candidate. This is the candidate that is essential to unlock the complete solution. I satisfy myself with the belief that, if I really wanted to, then I could solve it later. Often I do, sometimes I don't. I still get a sense of achievement believing that I could complete it later.
With Book 5 I solved all 20 Super Fiendish in virtually one sitting per puzzle. On one I made an error, started again and solved it. On just one other, you have to identify a long Forcing Chain. Once this is done it completes quite easily.Read more ›
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Do one puzzle every morning at breakfast time to test if my brain's in gear for the rest of the day !Published on 20 Oct. 2014 by LizzyM