Definition of sudoku in English:

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sudoku

Pronunciation: /suːˈdəʊkuː/
/*suːˈdɒsuːdəʊkuː/

noun

A puzzle in which players insert the numbers one to nine into a grid consisting of nine squares subdivided into a further nine smaller squares in such a way that every number appears once in each horizontal line, vertical line, and square.
Example sentences
  • I guess the most basic difference is that sudoku is a puzzle of logic - not a puzzle of esoteric knowledge and literate playfulness.
  • Already more popular than sudoku in Japan, this number grid puzzle is described as the mathematical equivalent of crosswords.
  • Martin Love may have scored the first half of his innings mostly in boundaries yesterday, but in the intervening period between his 47th and 48th runs, a woman in the crowd completed four pages of sudoku puzzles.

Origin

Early 21st century: from Japanese sūdoku, from sū(ji) 'number' + doku(shin) 'single status' after sūji wa dokushin ni kagiru, literally 'the numbers are restricted to single status', former name of the puzzle.

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