# How To Solve Futoshiki Puzzles

Discover the numbers hidden inside the board’s empty cells.  Each cell is filled with a number between 1 and the board size (usually between 4 and 9). Like Sudoku, each number appears only once in each row and column. Unlike Sudoku, the puzzle contains “inequality symbols” of less than (<) and greater than (>) that must be obeyed.  For example, <2 would mean the number before the 2 must be less than 2, and >3 means the number before the 3 must be greater than 3. ## Futoshiki Puzzle

Here is a typical Futoshiki puzzle grid.  The grid size can be smaller or larger and varies in difficulty.

Like Sudoku, each number appears only once in each row and column. Unlike Sudoku, the puzzle contains “inequality symbols” of less than (<) and greater than (>) that must be obeyed. ## Futoshiki Solution

The solution to the puzzle is shown here.

Notice that numbers 1 to 9 appear only once in each row and column. Further note that all inequalities have been met according to the symbol between the squares. For instance, in row one, we see 2<3 indicating that 2 is less than 3.