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    Kakuro (Cross Sums)

    Is anyone else a fan of these math puzzles?

    Kakuro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I got into these when I was younger, in some general puzzle magazines. I was recently at a book shop and saw a whole book of just these puzzles, which I eagerly purchased.

    If Sudoku is the "checkers" of math puzzles, then Kakuro is most certainly the "chess" of math puzzles.

    If you haven't heard of these, but enjoy math puzzles, I highly recommend them.

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    No one ever listens to little tsu

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    I could get into this. I tried sudoku, but it obviously wasn't for me - I was bad at solving them.

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    Well, Kakuro makes Sudoku look like child's play. But they are easy to find, so if you're interested, I would definitely recommend giving it a shot.

    The book I got was full of "easy" ones, and it still takes a few hours to get through just one puzzle. But it's a lot of fun if that's your kind of thing.

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    O_o

    I punched "Kakuro" into a search and found a (124, 90) that made me cry.

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    I don't like to advertise when I'm not really familiar, but I thought the link was worth sharing.

    Be fairly warned, I have no idea if the offerings are of any quality.

    15x15 Kakuro Puzzles by KrazyDad
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    I punched "Kakuro" into a search and found a (124, 90) that made me cry.
    To preserve my sanity, I'm going to pretend I didn't see you mention that.

    I don't like to advertise when I'm not really familiar, but I thought the link was worth sharing.

    Be fairly warned, I have no idea if the offerings are of any quality.
    I just gave it a quick glance, but I was immediately turned off by the representation:

    • The "free-floating" representation is strange to me - I'm much more comfortable where everything is enclosed in a complete grid.
    • The sums being places at both the top-bottom/left-right of the column/row are also strange to me.


    Of course, these are not intended to be criticisms, just personal preferences based on what I myself am already familiar with.

    But quality-wise, they look alright ... it seems like it'd be hard to make a "bad" Kakuro puzzle. Though not enough six to nine box series to make it a really fun challenge.

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    To preserve my sanity, I'm going to pretend I didn't see you mention that.
    O_o

    You aren't kidding. I only found the beast like an hour ago, but I'm already starting to sweat "How long would it take me?" from my subconscious.

    The "free-floating" representation is strange to me - I'm much more comfortable where everything is enclosed in a complete grid.
    o_O

    The openness struck me as a bit odd at first, but I kind of think the lack of framing is to save on ink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantomotap
    "How long would it take me?"
    A fac(n) long time?
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