Goodbye, Sudoku.

June 21st, 2008

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Speaking of things that I’m giving up, it’s time to say goodbye to Sudoku puzzles. I’ve always loved word and shape and number and logic puzzles, and for a long time I was a regular solver of New York Times crosswords.

If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you may recall that I gave up Sudokus a while back. I’m often a backslider when it comes to resolutions like that, and lately I’ve fallen back into the Sudoku trap. On the plane to and from Seattle this week, I worked the puzzles on the Sudoku page of the in-flight magazine. Or rather, I worked the “Gentle” and “Moderate” puzzles, and started in on the “Diabolical” one.

Just now, as I opened the book I’m in the middle of reading, I found that puzzle again, tucked between the pages. I started to look over Mr. Diabolical while I brewed another pot of coffee, making no real headway in 10 or 15 minutes of puzzling.

And then, thinking of what I just wrote about giving up The New Yorker, it hit me: Sudoku puzzles are a lovely way to pass the time, but I don’t have extra time that needs passing. They have nothing to do with writing, which must be the sole focus of my work these days, and I can’t really share them with anybody. So, while Sudokus are fun, and a neat thing in their own right, they’re not my way of making a contribution.

The sheet of puzzles: gone. My Sudoku bookmarks: gone.

Sayonara, Sudoku. It was nice knowing you.

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