Category: Sudoku

Puzzle Books For Adults Gifts, Fun, Pastimes, Xmas, Secret Santa

Kids get plenty of fun from puzzle books, they get plenty of brain training too. Do you like puzzles? Most adults enjoy having a bit of time to themselves and relaxing with a puzzle or two. It keeps the mind sharp while still allowing you to relax in peace and quiet.

If you are looking for a birthday gift for a friend, or something to keep someone entertained while they are ill, then a puzzle book can be a good idea, to keep someone busy and happy for hours.

Don’t know what kind of puzzles they enjoy?

Get a book of mixed puzzles for adults.

The different kinds of puzzles provide maximum brain training and fun.

Someone with poor eyesight? buy a puzzle book with extra large print.

Puzzle books can also be good choices at Christmas for Secret Santa gifts. They suit either sex, so you can buy them in advance, knowing that it will not matter which work colleague you need to buy a Secret Santa gift for.

Mixed Puzzles For Adults

This book contains a mix of puzzles. Its size is 6 inches by 9 inches, so it is more of a pocket size book and it contains 142 pages of puzzles and answers with 5 different types of puzzle. These include easy level Sudoku, Anagrams (word scrambles), Word Matches, Word Searches and Cryptograms (code breaking). The difficulty level ranges from easy (word matches) to challenging (cryptograms), so you will be able to find something to enjoy whether you are buzzing with ideas or needing a quiet five minute break from a hectic lifestyle. All puzzles include the answers.

More Mixed Puzzles For Adults.

This is a larger size book, 8.5 inches by 11 inches, US letter size and has large text, so it is also suitable for someone who needs large print books. It has 130 pages, with 100 puzzles in the book, including the perennial favorites of Sudoku (easy and medium) anagrams (word scrambles), word matches, Word Searches and cryptograms (code breaking) as well as some new puzzles: Shikaku, doublet, mazes and filomino. The overall difficulty level ranges from easy (word matches) to challenging (cryptograms), Answers are all provided.

Glossary of Sudoku

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Sudoku terms

The terms given here are based on a 9 X 9 sudoku grid, though the game can also be played with a 4 X 4 grid, a 6 X 6 grid and even bigger grids. Some sizes of grids have different shapes.


A 9 X 9 Sudoku grid has 9 rows, 9 columns and 9 boxes or blocks.

That means that every row, every column and every block has 9 cells. There are 81 cells in total in a 9 X 9 Sudoku grid.

Boxes Or Blocks

Boxes or blocks are shown with thicker lines to make them clearer.

Sudoku Rules

  1. Every row contains one and only one of the 9 symbols used, eg the numbers 1 through 9.
  2. Every column contains one and only one of the 9 symbols used
  3. Every block (or box) contains one and only one of the 9 symbols used.

Proper Sudoku

This means that the given puzzle has only one correct solution.

Playing Sudoku

A Sudoku puzzle is one that presents the player with a grid containing some numbers. There should be enough numbers (clues) included to ensure that the sudoku puzzle is a “proper sudoku”, that is, it has only one correct solution. The aim is to complete the grid so it includes all the symbols / numbers, following the 3 rules. So, only one of each symbol in any row, column or block.