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With the ability to play Sudoku online, Tagesspiegel gives you the opportunity to take exciting breaks at the office, at home or on the road. To enjoy your puzzle on your way, you can print it, or play it on your smartphone or tablet. For this, simply navigate to Sudoku.tagesspiegel.de in your mobile browser. Depending on the difficulty level and the exercise, you need between 5 and 30 minutes to solve our puzzle online. If you play Sudoku more often, you will quickly notice that the numbers become easier to solve.

Sudoku quickly explained

Sudoku is a logic puzzle with a basic schematic structure. All Sudoku-style puzzles are more or less the same, except for special games and variants (such as circle-sudoku, or the so-called "samurai-sudoku"). A standard Sudoku puzzle consists of a grid of 9 Blocks. Each block contains 9 boxes arranged in 3 rows and 3 columns. Some boxes are already more or less evenly pre-filled for you (2 to 5 numbers). The more numbers that are given, the simpler is the solution. The aim of the game is to fill all empty boxes with numbers from 1 to 9, so that every number in a column (vertical), and in a row (horizontally) occurs only once.

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Print Sudoku – how it works

As a service, in addition to playing Sudoku online, we enable you to print the puzzle. Choose your Sudoku, a date and a difficulty level from easy to very difficult. Click "Print". The desired Sudoku opens in a new window. Right-click anywhere in the window. A dialog box opens in which you can select "Print". Then follow the instructions.

Good to know about Sudoku Puzzle

Before you try our online Sudoku, we offer a little background knowledge for you. Have you ever wondered where the game comes from and who invented it? It all started in 1979, when Howard Garns, aged 74, published Sudoku anonymously in a puzzle magazine. At that time the inventor called his puzzle "Number Place". In Japan, where the game first found success, the Japanese gave it the name "Su Doku". In took longer for the game to reach Germany and the rest of Europe. Though nothing has changed in the game, Sudoku has now become a popular puzzle in Europe, especially in Germany. Its success continues until today, though Howard Garns did not live to see this hype. Shortly before the game's great breakthrough, at the age of 84, he succumbed to cancer and was buried in Indianapolis in 1989. Meanwhile, the game has become so popular that many Sudoku variants exist. Here you will find the most popular and most common version: The classic Sudoku.

Sudoku Rules

Sudoku rules are easy. Every game consists of 3x3 blocks, which in turn are divided into 3x3 boxes. This gives you 81 fields in nine rows and nine columns. Some of the boxes already contain numbers. The more difficult the puzzle, the fewer pre-set numbers are in the solution as the default. The remaining fields should be filled in with numbers from 1 to 9. Each number may occur only once per block and in each horizontal and vertical row. That sounds easier than it is. Some solution strategies will help you solve your Sudoku better.

To solve Sudoku: Two easy ways to success

You don’t necessarily need a certain strategy for solving a Sudoku. But it is obvious that a well-structured approach can make it easier.

Strategy 1: Observe column values, restrict numbers

With this solution approach, which is well suited for filling the first fields, you should look specifically for numbers in the section, where already many numbers are located. By step-by-step exclusion of the numbers from 1-9 you will find in the best case only one possible number for the considered box. In any case, the possible amount of usable numbers can be narrowly limited. W ith this principle you are now working on all blocks in Sudoku that meet these criteria. In this way, step-by-step you can always fill out more vacancies.

Strategy 2: One possible value

For this Sudoku solution approach, you should consider the individuals blocks in the puzzle. Parallel columns with the same values are often found. If you find two such columns in your puzzle, proceed as follows: locate the third parallel column and consider where the number you are looking for might be used in the block. Often there are maximum two possible places, in the best case you will find directly the right place for the number. According to this scheme you can check all parallel lines of Sudoku. It is worth combining different solution approaches to solve a puzzle quicker, minimizing false solutions.

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It is easy to solve Sudoku

Solving Sudoku with some strategic considerations is much easier than you think. In our example we will show you step by step how to do it. We have selected a Sudoku from the "Simple" level for the sake of better understanding. Once you have successfully applied the solutions, you can use them for normal, difficult and very difficult levels.

1. Divide Sudoku into blocks

Divide Sudoku first into 3 horizontal and 3 vertical blocks.

Divide Sudoku into blocks
On the illustrated example you can see the conceptual division into vertical blocks.

2. Find recurring numbers

Search the rows of the individual blocks for recurring numbers. First solutions can often be found this way.

Find recurring numbers
In our example you can see the number 4 in the first vertical Sudoku block appears in the first two 9-fields. Since the same numbers can never appear in a row of the puzzle, the last 4 of this block can only be in the first field of the lower 9 field.

Using this example you can check all horizontal and vertical blocks.

3. Systematically look into the blocks

If there is no other solution given, you should examine the intersecting 9-fields.

Systematically look into the blocks
In our example we are looking at the lower horizontal block. The number 9 here can be found in two of three rows. It means that 9 can only appear in the middle 9-field in the upper free box. If you look at the vertical center block of the puzzle, you will see that also here a number 9 occurs. Checking further the rows, one can see, that there remains only one possible field for the 9 in the lower field.

We remain with a number 9 and now search the other blocks for a unique solution. Following the same approach used above, there is a further field in which only the number 9 can stand. Using this approach, the entire Sudoku can be solved.