It’s often 10 o’clock at night when I pick up the Enquirer – for the puzzles, the comics, the editorial page. I always do the Jumble and the Cryptoquip. The crosswords are too easy and not much fun, and the Word Game is too addictive – can take over my brain and my focus (Up Until Now! : > ) I do love the Sunday crossword – more pattern and puzzle to it – and am going to start doing the Times Sunday puzzles again one of these days.
Sudoku, though, when it became a staple around the world a few years ago, just never grabbed my attention. Just felt like crossed wires, wasn?t intriguing, just sort of icky.
Until my oldest son came to visit a couple of weeks ago – just walked in the door on Saturday afternoon from DC! He loves Sudoku. So after we ate, and ran around visiting, and talked about everything – and worked on the jigsaw puzzle going on the table – he sat down to Sudoku, and I watched his methodical approach. And Voila! it made sense. So now, when the Enquirer?s Sudoku is marked Level 1 – the easiest – I?m very likely to do it.
It?s all numbers, so it doesn?t please my brain like the Cryptoquip and Jumble and Sunday crosswords do. They require answers, and then make jokes and riddles and teasers. Sudoku just stays numbers. But it is fun to make everything fit in its proper place, and then to sit back and enjoy the solution.