For a few months now, I’ve been trying to master the logic behind Sudoku. I loaded Enjoy Sudoku on the Droid- this is the only thing saving my sanity on the bus ride home.
I can’t solve them completely and it’s driving me crazy. I get to a certain point and I have to hit the Hints button. The great thing about this app is when you ask for a hint, they give you the explanation of the solving strategy. I’ve learned about BUGs, Naked Pairs, Locked Triples, Squirmbags, Sashimi, Franken Fish, X-Wings and Hidden Singles.
Who knew? I thought it was just a number game…
I was never good at math puzzles. Something in my brain slides forward and closes off that area that allows me to concentrate on a problem that requires logical thinking. But I like Sudoku. I can solve the easier ones, but “devious” on up the difficult scale are still illuding me. Every so often, I’ll ponder the stategy over and over then BAM- it’ll hit me and I’ll understand. I’m building up my solving skills little by little. I should be able to solve these suckers in, oh maybe, a year or so? See? You can teach an old dog new tricks.
Can anyone explain an XY-wing to me?