Monday, December 31, 2007

SuDORKu



I am shamelessly addicted to Sudoku puzzles. Wasn't this a new fad years ago? Ok, so I'm not hip and with it. You're talking to the girl (not literally, of course) who resisted capri pants for a year (or two), thinking they would go right back out of style.

ANYWAY...

It started innocently enough. Prior to boarding the train for my evening commute, free copies of the Boston Metro are handed out. So one day I took one and saw the puzzle page contained therein. That, my dear folks, was the beginning of the end.

I had never solved a Sudoku before. But I knew the concept: Place numbers 1-9 in each 3x3 box, in each row, and in each column. Oh, the cheap thrill of victory when I complete one successfully! And oh, the torrent of curse words that spew forth from my lips when I realize that I have two number 9's in the same row and have cockily attempted to solve that particular Sudoku IN PEN. [Note: Always use a pencil. With an eraser. Really.]

So imagine my nerd-like joy upon discovering that both my mom and my brother share the same addiction love for these puzzles. The 3 of us have been going head-to-head (-to head, right? Because there's 3 of us.) WITH A STOPWATCH. And ummm...I have yet to win. My bro is scarily good at them. Like 8 minutes good.

Hubby has been taunting us mercilessly. About how nerdy and dorky we are. He coined the term "sudorku" in our honor. [Yet, all this trash talk coming from someone who has not even proven that he can solve one, mind you.]

Since this New Year's Eve is guaranteed to be a letdown after last year's festivities, I have happily resigned myself to the fact that after gorging myself on Hubby's Famous Ribs (smothered in Sweet Baby Ray's and pineapple chunks) and my mom's potato salad ("gorging" is not an exaggeration because Operation Underwear Will Fit Again starts, of course, tomorrow.), that Mom, Bro and I will hunker down at the kitchen table, heads bowed, pencils scribbling furiously for our First Annual Sudorku Tournament.

And after all that excitement, I'm sure I'll be much too tired to stay up until midnight...

So cheers everyone!

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To succumb to the addiction that is Sudoku, here's a good link.

15 comments:

Whirlwind said...

I like Sudoko's as well. I have been playing them alot of Husband's brain age games.

Judy said...

Sudoku is awesome! Try websudoku.com for some wicked variations, though - I love to print them out and work on the Samurai puzzle for DAYS.

Deb said...

I'm afraid to pick one up. You have proven why.

Melanie said...

We buy my father-in-law a new sudoku book for christmas every year. He does them constantly! He thinks doing them in pen makes you a real champ! I do the easy ones, in pencil, and it still takes me forever to finish one.

Jen M. said...

It is wayyy too addictive!

Happy New Year!!

MadMad said...

I had something relevant to say, but was giggling so hard at the Operation Underwear Will Fit Again (tell me about it!!!!!) that I forgot. Oh well. It probably wasn't important. Happy New Year! (And may OUWFA take only a week!)

Chaotic Joy said...

Okay, I admit I have only ever tried this once, couldn't solve it, and thought "This thing makes me feel stupid" and quit. But you have intrigued me and I might give it another try.

And Sweet Baby Rays, it's like a little bottle of happy isn't it?

Life As I Know It said...

I love my sudoku's until the Sunday's Boston Globe puzzles, which take me from 8am to 10pm to finish.

tulipmom said...

Can you believe I've never tried Sudoku?

Happy New Year Sarah!

Lauren said...

I bought my mom this game called ColorKu for Christmas...Its SuduKu with colored balls instead of numbers - its way better than the number one.

Fratzels said...

I tried one once, but it made my head hurt. I will stick with the much easier word search books!

Angela said...

cheers

Alex Elliot said...

I have an addiction to Scrabulous.

Buford Betty said...

I'm totally addicted to Sudoku too... hahaha!

Serenityville said...

That's a great post! Every once awhile I think of going back to your early years, many of which I missed. Not sure when I started following religiously, but I think there's at least a year in there of good fodder.

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