Sudoku to print!
When the Sudoku craze came along a few years ago, I got swept up in it just like everyone else. I bought book after book of those puzzles and worked on them everyday. I couldn't get enough of them!
But after a while, I got bored and needed a little bit of a challenge. So I started building my own. Back then I didn't have a computer, so I would draw my grids by hand. It used to take me days just to make one!
But now I have a computer so it's a lot faster. These printable Sudoku puzzles are a mix of my earlier ones and also some more recent ones. I've run them all through a Sudoku Solver so they are guaranteed solvable. Plus I included the answers at the bottom of the page (no peeking!). All you have to do is pick your degree of difficulty and click to print. I hope you enjoy!
No matter how hard or easy the game, I always start each one the same. First I go through the numbers. I start with number 1 and see if there's anywhere I can place it. Then I move on to number 2, then to 3 and so on. I do that a few times until I can't place any more.
Then I move on to the boxes, starting from the top left. Since each box has to contain all 9 numbers, at this point, some of those numbers are obvious.
Then I move on to the rows, starting from top to bottom, to see if there's any obvious places to place numbers. Then I do the same with the columns.
Then I start over and do it all again. Eventually, I'll finish the puzzle.
I know I could sit here and explain step by step how to complete a Sudoku game, but I think I would just end up confusing us both. So instead, I found this great video that does a way better job at explaining it. If you still don't understand, there's some very helpful links with step by step explanations down below. One thing I like about this game is that once you 'get it', everything seems to click into place.
One thing a lot of people don't understand is that this is not a numbers game. You don't need to be good at math (although you do need to be able to count to 9). This is a strategy game (and sometimes a way to test your patience). You can't just look at the board and automatically know which numbers go where, but once you know what you're doing, you'll know how to figure it out. There's actually several steps you can take to make it easier. Here's where I go when I'm stuck on a puzzle and I need to learn a new strategy.
- How To Play Sudoku! It Is Easy To Learn! Tips Revealed
Learn how to play Sudoku. Experienced Sudoku solver teaches you the secrets of the pros.
- Sudoku Instructions: How to Play Sudoku
Learn how to play Sudoku games, including Sudoku strategy and tips.
Why Should You Learn?
Even if you don't plan on playing this game all the time, I still suggest you at least learn. Having a couple of games with you can help pass the time when boredom is almost a sure thing. I always make sure to have a few when I go on a plane or bus ride (okay, I take an entire book for my cross-country bus trips). I also take them to the beach or pool to occupy my mind while I'm getting some sun. On a recent trip to the DMV, these games made my 3 hour wait seem not so long. And my favorite time to play? At night when my mind won't shut down. I've learned a good puzzle can be quite a distraction and as long as I don't choose a hard one, it usually helps me get to sleep.
Once you know the basics of Sudoku, these are the easy ones you want to start with. They have more spaces already filled, so it's not as hard for you to place the rest of the numbers. When I taught my daughter how to play, these are the puzzles she started with. I know some people start their kids off early. If your child is really young, I would recommend making your own using 3X3 or 6X6 grids and use shapes instead of numbers. Shapes are way easier for your child to comprehend.
Over 2 Million Sudoku Games!
This is the electronic Sudoku game I got for Christmas last year. I absolutely love it! I can choose between beginner or advanced and once I make that choice, I can also choose the difficulty level within that category. This is perfect for a beginner because you have the option of using number placeholders (tiny numbers that could be the number that goes in the square). One of my favorite things about this is the screen. It's really big! Plus it lets you control the contrast on the screen. This is a big help at night or when you're outside in the glaring sun. Now do you want to know the best thing of all? This game has over 2 million puzzles on it!
Once the beginners puzzles start getting a little too easy, it time to move on to medium ones. because the point of this game is to keep challenging yourself. These ones have a few less numbers already filled it so they're a bit more challenging. A lot of my friends prefer these to the easy or hard ones because they're challenging enough to be difficult, but not so difficult that it takes all day to complete.
Believe it or not, these aren't the absolute hardest (see below for an even harder one) but these are my favorite. I can spend hours pouring over just one game, trying to figure out just one more number, checking and rechecking what I've already completed to see if I messed up somewhere. Sometimes I feel like giving up but because I like a challenge, it's rare that I do. These hard ones have as few numbers as possible already filled in. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
To print these, just right click on each picture and save it to your computer.
Look out! It's the big one!
16 x 16
This is a monster Sudoku puzzle. It's 16 x 16 and has 256 squares instead of the usual 81. Because it has so many squares, it uses both letters and numbers. You have to place numbers 1 through 9 and letters A through G into each row, column and box. These kind of monster games can end up taking all day to complete (if not longer!). And guess what? There's an even bigger one than this! It's 25 x 25!
Used with permission from www.sudoku-puzzles.net
The worst thing that can happen to any Sudoku lover is to have one they can't complete. I've actually worked on a puzzle for so long that I ended up wondering if it could even be solved! This Sudoku Solver is great for checking those suspicious ones. I also use this site to check the ones I make myself, just to make sure they're solvable.
What are your favorite kind of puzzles?
Sudoku Puzzle Answers
Here are all the answers to the puzzles up top. They're placed in the same order and each puzzle is numbered. The numbers are the same in each category so make sure you're in the right one.
If you would like to print the answers, just right-click on the puzzle you'd like and save it to your computer (but beware that you'll be saving all 6 in that group - but they'll all be on one page).
Puzzle used with permission from www.sudoku-puzzles.net
Photos and text; Â© 2011-2013 Catherine Taylor. All Rights Reserved
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What do you think of Sudoku?
anonymous on March 05, 2013:
I just love to do sudoku in the John.
Holley Web on July 13, 2012:
I know that I now have to try it :)
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 22, 2012:
Love it. I was really crazy about it when it first came out...I did Sudoku to relax on my breaks at work!
anonymous on April 16, 2011:
I love Sudoku!!!!
ChaosAndCritters on April 07, 2011:
I'm constantly draining the battery on my cell phone playing Sudoku. I'm thinking I might need to invest in the handheld game instead!
AbsoluteJeanius1 on April 06, 2011:
I admire folks who can do these things...they make me crazy, though. Kudos on an interesting lens, even if it didn't convince me to try one again! ;)
Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on April 06, 2011:
Sudoku is a skill in its self. very clever lens.
ChaunyWrites on April 06, 2011:
Though I respect those who like puzzles, I'm a word girl, puzzles that interest me must be filled with words. But I do respect Sudoku, as my daughter in law loves it to death.
Ann Hinds from So Cal on April 06, 2011:
Sudoku is fun and challenging. Great lens. I will print your puzzles for the whole family to share. Great lens.
tiff0315 on April 05, 2011:
I love sudoku! I bought the electronic sudoku and it's really fun. I haven't tried the sudoku with letters and numbers yet, I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!