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24
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2007

By Christine Lovatt

A few years ago, after the Sudoku craze began, British Airways sent out a notice to its 13,000 flight attendants forbidding them from playing Sudoku during takeoff and landing. Management explained that the number puzzles are too distracting at a time when they really need to be thinking about their job.

What the flight attendants should have done was to pass out their forbidden puzzles to the one group desperate for distraction: the passengers, especially the nervous flyers. Instead of brooding on plane disasters, they could have been happily puzzling away, completely absorbed.

Anyone who has tackled a Sudoku puzzle would certainly agree. If you haven’t tried tackling a Sudoku, don’t get put off by the numbers. It’s not a mathematical puzzle. It involves putting the numbers 1 to 9 in nine squares and nine lines, but the explanation of how it works makes it sound harder than it really is.

It’s a fascinating game that can take your mind off almost anything. And sometimes the best thing you can do for your brain is to put it to work, in this case enclosing it within a finite patch of numbers.

You can try our Sudoku online here at YouPlay. You will be doing your brain a big favour. Scientists have discovered that playing Sudoku can boost IQ levels. The action of working out the logical progression of the puzzle lays down neural pathways in the brain, known as associative memory. So you’ll be growing smarter while having fun!

If you have any queries on how to play, please post a comment and I’ll be glad to give some tips. Once you have mastered the Sudoku, you have the variations such as Addoku and Kakuro to look forward to.

Happy puzzling!

3 Responses to

Amullett said:
October 24, 2007 at 1:46 PM

Sudoku is certainly addictive, but I find Shape Shifter even more so! It twists my brain around. Thanks for the daily fix.

said:
November 12, 2007 at 3:24 PM

Sudoku can boost IQ levels! I could do with completing few more then. Maybe YouPlay could have before and after IQ test after completing 100 Sudoku’s.

said:
November 21, 2007 at 12:21 AM

does wonders for me on night shift