X-Treme Sudoku

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Overview

The next step, like having a whole book of just Saturday Times crossword puzzles. Even more fiendish, even more fun, X-treme Sudoku proudly presents 320 puzzles rated "Difficult" to "Very Difficult." These are the toughest, knottiest, most demanding Sudoku out there—prepare to have your brain cells crackle, your pencils melt, your mind obsessed with numbers and squares.

No one is better than Nikoli at rounding up such a collection. A Japanese puzzle and game company that started...

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Overview

The next step, like having a whole book of just Saturday Times crossword puzzles. Even more fiendish, even more fun, X-treme Sudoku proudly presents 320 puzzles rated "Difficult" to "Very Difficult." These are the toughest, knottiest, most demanding Sudoku out there—prepare to have your brain cells crackle, your pencils melt, your mind obsessed with numbers and squares.

No one is better than Nikoli at rounding up such a collection. A Japanese puzzle and game company that started the Sudoku craze over twenty years ago, Nikoli is known for creating the only handcrafted puzzles around. As Tim Preston, publishing director of Puzzler Media, Britain's biggest seller of crossword and cryptogram puzzles, has said: "It is a matter of great pride to get your puzzle into one of Nikoli's magazines. Handmade puzzles are much better. . . . It gives you the satisfaction that you are pitting your wits against an individual who has thought about what your next step would be and has tried to obscure the path."

For X-treme Sudoku, the puzzle-makers at Nikoli went out of their way to obscure the path. There are puzzles with entire boxes empty. Puzzles with whole rows left blank. Puzzles that form mysteriously beautiful symmetries, but demand a calculating logic to solve.

For the X-treme solver, paradise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761146223
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/2/2006
  • Pages: 405
  • Sales rank: 117,905
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Puzzability, based in New York, includes Mike Shenk, who has written puzzles for Games magazine and its offshoots, and provided daily crosswords for a major newspaper syndicate. He is currently the crossword editor of The Wall Street Journal; Amy Goldstein, a trivia buff and wordsmith who has served as associate editor and managing editor for Games magazine and its sister publications; and Robert Leighton, an illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, and creator of unique visual puzzles. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction
What is Sudoku?
The History of Sudoku
The Rules of Sudoku
Remembering the Basics
Why Handmade?
Why Nikoli?

Puzzles
Part 1: Difficult
Part 2: Very Difficult

Puzzle Solutions

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    Nikoli X-TREME SUDOKU

    Oh my gawd!!! I'm in love, with Nikoli X-treme Sudoku it is so intense, it gives my brain a climax!! Keep them coming, they're better than sex!
    I'm on my 2nd X-treme Sudoku, yes the same book twice, love it, love it...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    GREAT CHALLENGE

    My husband and I both like to work only the harder puzzles. This book is great for that. They are all a real challenge.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    sudodku puzzles created by humans for humans

    Unkike most computer generated sudokus, the Nikoli publishers use hand crafted puzzles. This, theoretically, is human on human. They seem to publish the most popular variety in Japan. The very difficult (the top level I have seen in their sales in the US, are purely logical. They do not require any advanced procedures (X-wing, Y-wing, coloring, etc.). The standard eliminations do the trick, but they are not easy.

    For those who love the game, look for Nikoli publishing. They have an easier book, generally available, than the X-treme.

    You do get the feeling that you are trying to outthink a human, instead of a machine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    A pleasant use of intermediate Sudoku. For more extreme Sodoku try Black Belt Sudoku Level 9

    A pleasant use of intermediate Sudoku. For more extreme Sodoku try Black Belt Sudoku Level 9

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Really Hard!

    Some of them are easier than others, but if you like the challenge you will love this book. I love it! for my husband is sometimes challenging.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    wish there were more

    Did every puzzle -- excellent selection. Nikoli needs a sequel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    Best sudoku ever

    Read the introduction and you will understand the beauty of handmade sudokus. Once you understand that concept the puzzles become so much easier. This is a great book and I personally would only buy Nikoli sudoku books from this point on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Not a trip, but a Sudoku Experience. The journey will not just

    Not a trip, but a Sudoku Experience. The journey will not just open your eyes but will be a true awakening to the fun, the feel, and the flavor of Sudoku. Your senses will tingle............enjoy!

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    gift

    was a gift to an avid sudoku lover

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    Challenging!

    Excellent for advanced Sudoku fans & great value. I am always looking for the super tough but solvable and this is it!

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