Thursday, May 26, 2005

Fads + Quizzes = SUDOKU!

Now I’m not sure if you’ve all been keeping up with the latest trends*, but Sudoku is like the newest and best thing in the world of fads and quizzes.

For those of you that have just tuned into The Missing Ingredient I am totally a fad and quizzes bitch.



- in my youth I had;
o Collette style bike shorts and a Hypercolour t-shirt,
o a Cabbage Patch Doll,
o a Bug Catcher,
o a Rigadoon,
o a ra-ra skirt,
o a Crimper… and many other fabulous and eventually irrelevant/embarrassing products.

BTW, how totally cool was I?!


- in the present I have;
o often listened to a super quiz on talk back radio (at midnight)
o spent my working hours deliberating over comical pop-culture email quizzes
o spent Saturday afternoons doing the 9 letter word target in The Age
o dragged my friends and neighbours to Trivia Night’s at various pubs
o in times of unemployment bought That's Life! magazine to enter in Quiz Competitions

See how I love them both!

So it’s inevitable that I become obsessed with Sudoku. This is really my first dabbling with a number quiz, but I’ve had a go and I think I’ll be ok with that. Hey – I did study Calculus and Statistics at Uni for 4 years, surely this will present no challenge for a person with my untouchable capabilities. Whahahahahaa.

Anyway, so if you’ve missed the hype what you’ll get is this:

And what you need to do is make sure every 3 by 3 box, every complete column and every complete row has every number from 1 – 9 in it, no repeats (obviously). Easy, huh?! No freakin’ way! Plus as you get better there are different levels! Sick.

So you get it. And all this talking about it is making my feet want to move towards the lunch room and hunt down today’s puzzle… when you’ve got an itch scratch it, I say…

*the Herald Scum had a big article telling us that it’s a trend, ergo…


Blogger daniel said...

I just can't get into this sudoko craze. I'm a letters fan myself, crosswords, target, pub trivia. Numbers are so banal and logical. I sit for 10 seconds trying to think about it then get bored.

4:18 pm  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

the thing is, is that it's not really about the numbers - it's about slotting it into the right place. more like a 3D tetris. and everyone loves tetris

5:03 pm  
Blogger fluffy said...

Agreed - tetris is awesome. I didn't earn the name "tetroqueen" when I "worked" for the Kennett administration for nothing.

But like Dan I can't make Sudoko work for me. It's like rummy tiles or something where you have to plan 18 steps ahead then remember back to what you were working out in the first place. It says there are a number of ways to work it out but I can't see what those ways might be. I need a Sudoko partner!

Ergo, you must meet me on Saturday for a puzzle'n'beer session.

6:50 pm  
Blogger fluffy said...

Okay so its Sudoku, not Sudoko. I was just copying Boud.

9:00 pm  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

i'm your bitch fluffs... unfortunately i'm going away on a romantic getaway on saturday so your delightful and tempting offer must be gratefully declined.

i'll learn you the ways of the sudoku soon though - and you will not be able to let it go. this i promise you as a fellow nerd.


9:24 am  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

p.s. you're a red blooded woman, why wouldn't you follow the boud, follow him wherever he may go (ooo wooo)

9:25 am  
Blogger fluffy said...

I had a Sudoku ephiphany last night! I worked out a way of getting *some* of the number but not sure what needs to happen at the point when that method fails to solve the rest of the puzzle.

I hate to think I need to draft potential trial solutions and see them through to see which one is champion...

have a sexy weekend you scarlet lady xxx

10:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well hello there!
I've finally re-discovered your blog. The sodoku fad has even reached us down here in the sticks, but i'm yet to be sucked in. Give me one boring wet afternoon with the age though...... Remember, its pretty quiet down here. Romantic weekend eh? You guys never told me you were coming to visit!

11:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps. I was just looking at your links, and went to the age, which happened to have "poor Schappelle" on the cover. What is it with her eyebrows always being so immaculate whilst shes in a balanese prison? It's freakin' me out!

11:26 am  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

fluffs - totally love how logical you're being about this, you'll dig it bigs when you find juuuust the right way.

anon- welcome back! soz, going the other way this weekend. it worries me a little about schapelle's brow's too... but what else are you to do all day?

12:55 pm  
Blogger roguemaze said...

I like you sugar and spice. Why? Cause I can.

10:00 pm  
Blogger fluffy said...

I have now totally kicked sudoku's ass repeatedly.

12:15 pm  
Blogger sugar and spice said...

rougemaze - totally excellent reason. werd.

fluffs - how big does it rule?! you realise you're officially hooked. comments + texties = fully hooked. fully. love it!

12:39 pm  
Blogger fluffy said...

i am indeed hooked. i'll have to start timing myself because if i'm blowing a hour a day on sudoku i'm going to have to unhook myself.

6:41 pm  
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