Not even Will Shortz can make Sudoku interesting - 1370°C
May. 1st, 2006
10:31 pm - Not even Will Shortz can make Sudoku interesting
So, last week, i gave into the hype: the tons of Sudoku books sitting on the display shelves of book shops, the chattering of many a person about how fun they are, the scads of people Sudoku-ing in public places, the inclusion of this little game in our premier newspapers. I went online and tried Sudoku.
I started with easy ones, as you do. I was done my first one in about 2 minutes. "Hrm," thought i, "perhaps 'easy' is just too easy." Fine. In my great tradition of extremes in moderation, i launched right to the uber-hard section. I finished this puzzle in just over 5 minutes. "Ok, clearly a random internet site is not the place to search for good Sudoku puzzles, Will Shortz edits some Sudoko puzzles, and since his NY Times crossword puzzles go from easy to impossibly hard, he'll have some good ones."
No. Sudoku was amusing for the few moments that it took me to learn it, but the more of them i did (and mind you, i did only a handful) the faster i got, no matter how hard they were meant to be. The longest i spent on one was 10 minutes, and at that point, i was getting so bored with the idea that i was paying attention to several other things at the same time.
It's a damn shame, it seemed like such a good idea, and i'd have loved to have something to suppliment my crossword puzzleness. Sadly, Sudoku is the new opiate of the masses. It is to crossword puzzles as putting a round peg in a round hole is to civil engineering. It's as challenging as a very unchallenging thing.