Is it just me, or is this Soduku, “the craze that is sweeping the nation,” thing is a bit of a bust? It seems to have simultaneouly appeared in every newspaper in the land without warning and it’s a ‘craze’ because they tell us so. (Oh, and Daily Mail, we didn’t hear it from you first: It was in the Manchester Evening News the day before.)
But back to the point. What’s the appeal? Me and numbers never did add up. I much prefer problems that involve words. Not that I disbar numbers as an absolute rule. Perfect squares was a childhood distraction — sticking four Swan Vestas matchboxes together, each box sleeve containing cut out numbers, a grid on top to place them on. The perfect square.
So here’s one for you. Below is a four by four square. Take the numbers 1 – 16. Make each column and row add up to 34. And the four quadrants come to 34. And the centre quadrant add up to 34. Oh, and the the four corners should be the same, not to mention the opposing middle two numbers.
Tough, but it can be done. And no doubt someone will tell me that Soduku is exactly the same. The answer will be available on request.