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Q: Who invented the Number Place (Sudoku) puzzle? ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
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 Subject: Who invented the Number Place (Sudoku) puzzle? Category: Sports and Recreation > Games Asked by: onigame-ga List Price: \$120.00 Posted: 12 Apr 2005 15:54 PDT Expires: 12 May 2005 15:54 PDT Question ID: 508523
 ```Here is some history from Jimmy Goto at the publishing house Nikoli: "Sudoku Puzzle is not our original puzzle. We found this puzzle in American puzzle magazine, titled 'Number Place' And we introduced this puzzle to our Japanese readers at 1984. First our title of this puzzle is "Suuji wa dokushin ni kagiru" It's means that number is limited only single (unmarried). But this title is too long, then it was abbreviated as "Sudoku". So "SU" means number, "DOKU" means single. At those days, Sudoku was not so popular. In 1986, we made a rule for making this puzzle. 1) Digits must be arranged by symmetry pattern. 2) There are under thirty digits on the board. After our improvement, this puzzle got a big hit. Now, five publishers are publishing Sudoku magazines every month. Total circulation will be 660,000. "Sudoku" is Nikoli's registered mark in Japan. So, other companies call it "Number Place". Sudoku is the most popular logic puzzle in Japan. It is very simple to learn, requires no calculations, and provides a surprisingly wide variety of logic situations." However, Jimmy does not remember the American magazine that the puzzle came from. I know from personal memory that the puzzle appeared in Dell's "Math Problems and Logic Puzzles" in the late 1980s. Please tell us, if you can, the name of the person who invented the puzzle, how that person came to invent the puzzle, and the puzzle's first appearance in print or published form.``` Request for Question Clarification by leapinglizard-ga on 12 Apr 2005 16:49 PDT ```Sudoku puzzles are derived from the Latin Squares introduced by mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1783. Should I go on? Would a brief history and analysis of Latin Squares and their relationship to Sudoku answer your question? leapinglizard``` Clarification of Question by onigame-ga on 12 Apr 2005 19:29 PDT ```Sudoku puzzles are Latin squares, but they add the additional constraint of the 3x3 subsquares. Therefore they are no more invented by Euler than, say, skyscraper puzzles. We want to know: Who first came up with the extra 3x3 subsquare constraint? Who first called them "Number Place" puzzles? Who first published these puzzles regularly (as opposed to, say, a one-off design)? A discussion of how they relate to Latin squares would be interesting but not worth \$120.```
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 `i like sudoku puzzles`
 ```Check out history links of SuDoku at Essential Guide and Links to Sudoku at http://www.el.com/links/sudoku.asp You will put together the whole history of the puzzle from Latin Squares, to Number Place by Dell, to Japan and how Mr. Gould took it on from there. Essential Guide and Links to SuDoku```
 ```I remember doing these puzzles, years ago. So, someone, in the British puzzle book world, must know about the ones that I used to do. I got fed up with them, because after doing a few of them, they became boring. I prefer the numeric crossword type puzzles, there is a more variation to them.```