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SudokuEnter the digits 1-9 into the blank spaces, Each row, column and box must contain one of each digit.
There is one restriction tough - the same digit cannot appear more then once in a row, column or a box.
Even though Sudoku paper puzzles were originated in 19th century in Europe, it was the Japanese "Sudoku" that popularized the game to an audience all over the world.
One of the earlier derivations of Sudoku was La Siecle but the game can't be considered as an ancestor of Sudoku. This is because La Siecle used algebraic solutions to solve the puzzle and there was no mathematical logic required to play the game successfully.
Leonhard Euler's game had a couple of rules and the major rule was that the grid should appear only once, across and up and down. In the late 1970's Dell Magazine started publishing a grid based puzzle game and this game is the closest relative of Sudoku that we all play these days.
Nikoli's marketing strategies and the Japanese passion to puzzle games made Sudoku an instant hit. The game became quite popular in Japan and for every Japanese newspaper; Sudoku became an inevitable part of their papers. However, it took several more years for the game's comeback to the Western World, where the game was born.
The international fame was revolutionizing the game play once again. The 9x9 grid stayed as the most popular variation of the game but there are many other variations of Sudoku that can be bought these days. 4X4 Sudoku and 2X2 Sudoku are the simplest forms of the game which is suggested for children because these simple forms of games can help children to learn the game quickly.
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