Just When I Thought That I Was Out They Pull Me Back In!

So there’s this Sudoko thing that’s all the newspage rage of late… a puzzle craze that’s sweeping the nation strong enough to recently find a daily place in our L.A. Times next to the horoscope. With all the hype, I gave the wacky numbers logic game a go last week in a puzzle whose level was labeled “diabolical.” And indeed, I exhaled a resigned pffft!! after only a few smooth-brained minutes and moved on to items more suited to my Cro-Magnon intellect ó namely the nearby comics.

Then today Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed reports that the Times will be including a Sunday puzzle beginning next week and USA Today is hopping on the Sudoku bandwagon, too. And before I knew it I was skeptically staring at today’s puzzle whose level was described as “gentle,” and soon my lunch hour was all about completing the engrossing thing ó and damn if I didn’t do a fist pump when I filled in the last blank space with a number. Yes, I am lame.

Not sure if this will become a daily addiction for me, but now that I’ve had a successful little taste I can so understand its allure.

3 Replies to “Just When I Thought That I Was Out They Pull Me Back In!”

  1. sudoku is much more satisfying to complete than a crossword, if for no other reason than it saves you from feeling dumb for not knowing obscure cultural factoids people have no business knowing, like the middle names of 18th century russian generals.

    i first got hooked on the buggers on a trip to nyc back in april, when the NY Post first started publishing them. the paper itself was godawful conservative crap, but the puzzle was well worth the quarter and the embarassent associated with carrying a Post on the subway… they’re just good old fashioned nerd fun!

  2. I’ve been sucked in too, but I realized a long time ago that I was a nerd. I stay away from the diabolical and stick to gentle and intermediate.

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