Many people are immediately intimidated when they see numbers as I do. We often think that we need to awaken our math skills and the calculator just to know the right answer for that problem but not in Sudoku.

Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle that uses grids and numbers for you to fill appropriately without having to repeat the same number in its row, column, and inner box. No mathematical skills are needed only your good reasoning and deductive skills.

However, there are still some people who are in doubt if they really have what it takes to play Sudoku. In this article, I will show you that anyone can play Sudoku regardless of age, gender, and race. So, better be sure to keep on reading the next section for further discussion.

Who plays Sudoku?

Sudoku puzzles can be played by anyone of any age, gender, and race because it uses Hindu-Arabic numerals, making them universal.

It may be intimidating to try a puzzle made of numbers because the common connotation would be the use of specific computation and mathematical skills.

However, Sudoku is not a puzzle that needs your math skills but rather your logical thinking skills on how to come up with possible solutions from the given clues on your puzzle.

In playing Sudoku, we all need to think of how a number candidate will fit in their rows, columns, and inner box without having to repeat it.

It’s creating a tactic to figure out what should do next to complete the puzzle.

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What is Hindu-Arabic numeral?

Hindu-Arabic numerals is the universal language used for numerical digits we know ever since. They are numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0.

The Hindu-Arabic numerals are developed in India then spread in the Arab countries, thus having its name. Later on, it was introduced to Europe and then spread worldwide to become a well-known and well-used type of writing number.

In playing Sudoku, Hindu-Arabic numerals are used thus, making it a puzzle for all. All you have to do is think of the possible correct placement of each number without having to repeat them in their rows, columns, and inner box.

What is logical thinking skill?

Logical thinking skills are our ability to think of ways how to solve a problem using all the possible clues we can find and trying to reason out how it will or won’t work.

When we encounter some unusual problems along our way home, we instinctively think of ways how to overcome them.

For example, what should you do when you see a huge hungry bear on your way home? Will you scream? Will you run? Will you beat it? Will you play dead?

Whatever you plan to do next will depend on your own decision and deductive reasoning skills.

But if I were in that situation, I won’t probably play dead because the bear is hungry therefore, it will eat me right there. Maybe I’ll just drive as fast as I could to escape it immediately.

In Sudoku, you’ll also exercise your logical thinking skill fairly enough to figure out which number should be put in which blank space in your puzzle.

Some people may find it intimidating because of numbers, while some may find it too easy because all you have to focus on is their proper number placements.

In my experience, I also thought it was easy and felt intimidated as I go along. But in the long run, I’ve come to realize how to get a hand on it and enjoy solving Sudoku puzzles rather than stressing about it.

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Who can play Sudoku?

Anyone can play Sudoku because it uses a universal numerical digit language that is well-known and well-used by all. Anyone who knows numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 can have fun solving Sudoku.

We can group people who can play Sudoku into 3 groups: Beginners, Intermediates, and Experts.

Beginner players of Sudoku are those people who just started solving the puzzle from ground zero. They are the ones who have no or have the least experience and exposure in playing one.

In my experience, I can say that I am a beginner Sudoku solver. I just played less than 20 sudoku puzzles in the span of 1 year. I just play for leisure and fun whenever I feel stressed or bored in my day.

People who regularly play Sudoku can be categorized under the intermediate group. They are the ones who have gained their own Sudoku skills over a span of time.

Playing Sudoku on a regular basis can hasten their logical thinking skills and can finish solving it faster than beginners.

Expert Sudoku players are the ones who usually join Sudoku competitions. They are fast solvers and have gained their Sudoku strategies from solving a number of puzzles many times a day for a span of years.

They solve Sudoku not for leisure and entertainment but for challenging other players to assess who can solve it faster. It is more like a game of pride and honor. They may have dedicated their lives to Sudoku as Howard Garns did.

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Anyone can play Sudoku if they want to.

Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle that used numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in Hindu-Arabic numeral format that is known and used by all.

All you have to do is arrange the placement of the numbers without having to repeat the same number in their row, column, and inner box then, you’re good to go.

There is nothing to be intimidated about Sudoku. It just needs your logical thinking skills of proper reasoning on how to solve the puzzle with the use of given numbers as your clue.

Go on, try solving one and have fun!

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