Handy Tips To Get You Started!
Start with easy puzzles: If you’re new to Sudoku, it’s best to start with easier puzzles. These typically have more numbers already filled in, known as “givens,” and require fewer “logical processes” to solve the puzzle.
Look for the obvious: See if you can find rows, columns, or 3x3 boxes where a number can only go in one place. For example, if the row, column, or box already contains the numbers 1-8, the empty square must be 9.
Scanning: As you complete the puzzle, routinely check all the rows, columns, and boxes. Each number you place helps make subsequent numbers easier to identify. Be methodical and patient - sometimes, the numbers will fall into place.
Marking up: Don’t be afraid to write small pencil marks in the empty squares to help you keep track of possible numbers. For example, write down both numbers if you’re unsure whether an empty square should be a 5 or a 6. As you progress, these marks will help you eliminate possibilities.
Process of elimination: Figuring out where a number cannot go is also valuable information. If you’ve marked up your puzzle, you can easily see when a number gets ruled out, which might tell you what other empty squares in the row, column, or box should be.
Double-check your work: If you have filled in a number, there should be a solid reason why that number is in that position. Regularly check to ensure each number appears only once in any row, column, or box.
Practice regularly: Sudoku is a game of logic rather than math and does not involve guessing! With consistent practice, you will develop or enhance the necessary skills required for more challenging puzzles. These skills include observation, logical reasoning, problem-solving, memory, concentration, and pattern recognition.