How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles

Sudoku is a game of logic and elimination. Though most Sudoku puzzles use numbers, the problem-solving process has very little to do with mathematical concepts. However, it does require some basic logic and analytical skills. Sudoku puzzles could use letters or symbols, because the numbers are not used in calculations. Once you master the basic step-by-step techniques, you will realize how relatively easy it is. If solving this type of puzzle appeals to you, you may want to go further and try other, more complex brain teasers, such as Kakuro and KenKen.

Solving puzzles is a good exercise for the brain. It can help develop reasoning skills in young people, using deduction and inference. It may be beneficial for people as they age — a method of preventing memory loss and dementia.

The slide show tutorial below is designed to help you learn how to solve a Sudoku puzzle in a very slow step-by-step manner. It can also help you teach someone else how to do it (e.g., young children or older people). As Burton Cummings sings so inspirationally, “Teach it to your Grandma!”

First, print out Sudoku Puzzle #1. Then click on the slide show below and follow along.

After completing Puzzle #1 with help from the slide show, you can try #2 and #3, two easy puzzles to help you practice.

Become a Sudoko master! Go online and find lots of other Sudokus. Or buy a book — almost every bookstore has Sudoku puzzles. They will keep your mind occupied and challenged and can help you pass the time when sitting in waiting rooms, for example.

Good luck! Have fun.

Slide Show:  Solving a Sudoku


Sudoku Puzzle #1

Sudoku Puzzle #2

Sudoku Puzzle #3

Solving puzzles such as Sudoku and cryptic crosswords can improve your reasoning ability and, according to recent research, it can also add to your emotional intelligence:

“Doing crosswords or puzzles such as Sudoku can help people make up quickly after arguments with their partners, research has found,” The Daily Telegraph reports. “Psychologists from Harvard University discovered that emotions are better controlled among people who have more activity in the part of the brain known as the lateral prefrontal cortex.”