A Bit Puzzling

Hubby and I both like doing Suduko puzzles, so it came as no surprise that this was one of the rare £10 dash duplications in 32 Christmases together.
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The number of puzzles vary per book, but there are always levels of difficulty, some ranging 1 to 3, others 1 to 5.
Neither of us are any good at the hardest level 5, I’ve had limited success with some level 4, and more success with level 3 than Hubby.
The book I bought for him was completed as far as we could go at the end of February, so we are now on the one he bought for me.

We are trying level one, supposedly the easiest and the majority in the book, and they are HARD!!! Every single one we have attempted has ended in failure and we’ve had to check the answer or start again. Grrrr!!!

Deciding to be clever, we attempted one of the other levels and still had no success at all! I was beginning to wonder if it was a joke book and unsolvable as on some you really get going then come to an abrupt halt and discover you’ve gone wrong somewhere with missing numbers impossible to place or duplicated numbers in a row or box.

There are three levels in this book compared to five in the little ones I buy for about £3. Thinking outside the box I’ve done some counting on another level.

In the easier book, levels one and two puzzles have 25 to 28 numbers in place, level three 20 to 24, level four 20 ish and level five round 18, but they are all doable with time, thought and concentration. The example above has 35 by the way.

The hard book we’re trying now has 19 to 23 on level one, 22 to 24 on level 2, and 20 to 24 on level 3, so they are all equally hard and it’s not as if they’ve printed the book in the wrong order either!

Ho hum.

In case anyone is interested, I’ll provide my own solution to the example in a post later.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to A Bit Puzzling

  1. Sadje says:

    I love doing sudoku. I used to do it in a daily newspaper. Now I have an app. The app is a walk in the park as you can make as many mistakes as you want.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Numbers fox me 💜💜

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  4. murisopsis says:

    My math teacher sister does those and loves them – me not so much. I’m pretty sure they just make up the difficulty levels as they are all equally impossible for me!

  5. TanGental says:

    I love sudoko and especially the killer ones. A daily fix.

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