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Just say NO to SuDoku!

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Hidden : 10/16/2005
Difficulty:
4.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

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The cache is NOT at the coordinates listed. They are for the suggested parking, which is in the parking lot of a public park, whose hours of operation are from 6AM to 10PM.

Certain puzzle caches are popping all over the planet. One after another, SuDoku puzzles have sprung up like weeds, coinciding with the explosive popularity of the number/logic puzzles in most daily periodicals worldwide. Look in your local newspaper, or in the magazine stand at the grocery store. Odds are that you'll find SuDoku puzzles staring you in the face. Rarely has a simple puzzle captivated the world in such a short time. Should you want to solve a SuDoku puzzle, you won't have to look far.

Hard to believe, but SuDoku is hardly a "new" phenomena --- it's been alive and kicking in various forms and names since the 1970's. The puzzle is alleged to have started in Japan, but it's been published in various forms in magazines for decades. Most SuDoku puzzles printed in the newspaper aren't even made by human beings. Like the solving programs available on the Internet, many SuDoku puzzles are cranked out and created by a simple computer program.

Below is an example of a solved SuDoku Grid:

 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
6
5
8
2
7
1
4
3
9
B
2
1
3
8
9
4
7
5
6
C
4
7
9
3
6
5
1
8
2
D
9
2
4
6
5
8
3
1
7
E
5
6
7
1
4
3
9
2
8
F
8
3
1
9
2
7
6
4
5
G
1
8
5
7
3
6
2
9
4
H
7
4
2
5
1
9
8
6
3
I
3
9
6
4
8
2
5
7
1


As you can see, each row, column and 3x3 square contains the numbers 1-9, and a typical SuDoku puzzle cache might conceal coordinates as so:

A3 B7 E7 B4 F1 F4 H9 G3 I9 D4... etc...

Careful analysis of an unsolved grid is quite important. Knowing which numbers must logically go where makes all the difference in properly determining the solution.

Growth of SuDoku puzzles, and the popularity of Sudoku in major newspapers throughout the world, has led to an explosion in Sudoku puzzle caches. Researching the various puzzle caches placed in the world reveals over one hundred caches based on SuDoku in the last year alone!

One thing many cache creators fail to realize is that online solving programs exist all over the Internet which make puzzles based on SuDoku to be a trivial affair. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to plug in an unsolved grid, and get the solution in seconds.

Now is the time to stand up and fight against SuDoku puzzles --- there's no challenge in the puzzle if you can just plug it in online! Don't give in to Sudoku anymore!

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