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Blues

24
Jan
2014

By Miranda

I don't know about you but I find Sudoku puzzles very subjective as to difficulty. I do the Sudoku in the local paper from time to time and my completion times, if I record the times at all (also, if I'm not cheating), do not seem to correspond with the marked levels of difficulty. Sometimes, I seem to do supposedly more difficult puzzles quicker than ones marked as 'moderate' or even 'easy'.

And I'm not the only one. I've had a heads-up from a puzzler recently who has a similar problem of varying times with our 'easy' Sudoku here at YouPlay!. Now we do check our content and, according to both our checking people and the checking programs, all these puzzles should be of the same level of difficulty and use the most basic of solving techniques.

Bearing in mind that the 'easiness' relates to how you solve it rather than to how many given numbers there are (yes, I've been fooled by some real stinkers which were deceptively generous as to givens but which ended up needing some very advanced logic to solve), may I encourage you to do the 'easy' Sudoku for a few days and let me know your subjective (but polite, please) responses.

Mind you, I blame the YouPlay colours. That appealing blue is a little too close to cobalt and, as we all know, the word cobalt derives from an old German word 'kobold' meaning 'goblin'.

Yes, we've invited the gremlins in by decorating our site with their own colour.

Apparently cobalt was found in silver ore and, since the miners at the time wanted only the silver ore, the cobalt was considered to be an impurity, plainly put into the silver ore by mischievous or malicious underground imps!

Oh, and the 'as we all know' is completely untrue. I had no idea, or perhaps didn't remember, that the name of the silvery metal, cobalt, and the blue shade derived from it came from a brownie.

307 Responses to

Blues

said:
January 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Anne, you're not a Virgo, are you? 'Coz it sounds like you and my wife have lots in common!! ;)

said:
January 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Anne, it doesn't work that way ... they will strip that bed regardless!! The best one was in Mt Gambier and I said it's Ok we are here for 2 nights so I will make the bed!!

said:
January 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

... and Miranda Sudoko sucks ... sorry ...LOL

said:
January 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Okay Pammy... I'm up for it...

said:
January 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

dare I comment

said:
January 31, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I had a work collegue who once said that if he was staying in a motel for two or more nights he would purposely mark the sheets in some way (eg a small pen mark in the corner) so that he could tell if the sheets had been changed each day. when I challenged him on this and asked if he changed his own sheets at home every day rather than just making up his bed he had to sheepishly admit that he didn't know because his mother did it for him! Sad really. Not so much that he was still living at home with his Mum in his forties and having her make his bed each day but that he was paranoid about sleeping in the same motel bedsheets two days in a row!

pdiaco said:
February 01, 2014 at 12:45 AM

I've been told that it depends on what one does between the sheets as to how often one should change them.