Brain games like Sudoku allow you to stretch different parts of your mind and fend off things like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Routinely doing things to stretch your mind also sharpens it and keeps it that way.
How to Play Sudoku
In order to beat the puzzle you need to fill out an eighty-one square puzzle following the following four rules:
- Each square can only have a number from 1 through 9
- Numbers cannot repeat in each group of nine squares
- Rows can only have a number once
- Columns can only hold a number once
You can find dozens of sudoku strategies online. However, the majority of them leave you with dozens of questions and suppositions. By using simple binary logic on each square, you can easily solve every puzzle. To illustrate this, I’ve applied my four basic strategies to an easy puzzle below.
More difficult Sudoku puzzles use the exact same logic to solve. Since these puzzles rely entirely on logic and not mathematics, you shouldn’t ever need to guess. As I post more difficult puzzles, I’ll include a little history and trivia just for fun. In the meantime, I do hope you enjoy this little segment of my writing and mental challenges.