Sudoku is a popular numbers game that is good for the brain. It’s similar to a crossword puzzle, but instead of words, there are certain numbers you have to use: you have to fill in each row, column, and 9-digit box with the numbers 1-9, while using each number only once. So each number is used a total of 9 times.
Sudoku is a great way to stimulate the brain, and doing so can have serious benefits for the memory. But if you’re not used to playing, Sudoku can seem impossibly challenging at first. Here are some tips to help you get used to the game. Keeping these tips in mind when you’re starting out will help you get more into the game, and before you know it, you’ll be totally addicted.
5 Tips for Sudoku Beginners
1. Notice any definites. Definites are numbers that are definitely going to be in a certain box. Start with the number 1, and use the process of elimination to mentally draw lines where 1s are on the board. When these lines leave only one space in a 3 x 3 box, the number 1 has to go there. Do this with all the numbers, and you can probably fill in a good number of spaces.
2. Do this for all the numbers. Once you go through all the definites, you’ll have filled in a good number of blanks, which means there will be a new round of definites, so you can fill in even more on the board.
3. When you get stuck, use trial and error. If you can’t figure out any more definites, fill in a box with all the possible numbers, and use the process of elimination to remove the ones that end up not working.
4. Start easy. Don’t begin with the hardest level of Sudoku. Solving Sudoku puzzles is a skill, and like any skill, practice is the key to success. One you’ve mastered simpler puzzles, you’ll be more equipped to try your hand at more difficult challenges. Keep in mind, if you’re using the Sudoku puzzle in the newspaper, that the easiest puzzles of the week are usually on Monday and Tuesday.
5. Be patient. Sudoku can take a long time to solve. Especially with more difficult ones, you won’t be able to solve them easily. But don’t get impatient. The fact that they take time means that they’re challenging and exercising the brain. And that’s exactly what makes Sudoku so good for you!