Sudoku, Wordle, and other logic games to keep you Puzzled

Sahana Talwar

We all hate the feeling of being bored. Our parents, friends, and siblings are all busy and we’re stuck entertaining ourselves. One great way to pass the time is with logic puzzles

Sudoku

Sudoku is a game that you’ve almost certainly seen. You have a 9 by 9 grid that you have to fill out with the numbers 1-9. Numbers can’t repeat in a column, row, or cell which is the smaller 3 by 3 boxes. These puzzles range from “takes two minutes” to “couldn’t solve it in a lifetime”.

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can try killer sudoku where there are more cells outlined in dotted lines with a small number in the top left corner. All the numbers in that cell must add up to the number in the top left corner. This can make it easier or more challenging, and once again these range from easy with lots of numbers filled in to no numbers on the grid. No number killer sudoku can be tricky to solve, but after practicing and learning a few tricks, you can solve a lot of killer sudokus that start you out with no numbers.

If you want to try something even harder, there are plenty of sudokus with crazy rules. The great thing about sudokus is that they’re everywhere. You can find them in a puzzle book or in plenty of websites online.

Wordle

You’ve probably heard of the new word game storming the internet, but if you haven’t, let me be the first to introduce you to wordle. This game went from 3 players to 300,000 in just a couple months. It’s super fun and easy to understand. 

You have six tries to guess a five letter word. Everybody gets the same word, and it changes every day. If the letter isn’t in the word, the box will turn grey. If the letter is in the word but in a different spot, the box will turn yellow, and if the letter is in the correct spot, the box will turn green. This game might sound easy but can sometimes be very difficult especially if the word has double letters. 

Wordle even has a way to let you brag to your friends about how few tries it took you to guess the word. Once you’ve guessed the word, it will come up with a share button. Instead of showing all your friends what the word is, it keeps the box colors and takes away the letters. 

The only downside to Wordle is that you can only play once a day, but that’s what makes it so addicting. If you want to play Wordle more or if you want something harder, there are spin offs such as Wheeldle which lets you play multiple times, Absurdle which changes the word each time, but don’t worry, your letters are still valid, and you have more guesses, or Primel where instead of guessing a five letter word, you have to guess a five digit prime number.

Slitherlink

This brain teaser is one you’re probably not as familiar with. Slitherlink seems easier and harder than it is. You have a 10 by 10 grid with dots on all the edges and a few boxes filled with numbers. The boxes will either say 1, 2 or 3. Your goal is to make a closed loop with the dots. The loop will not include every dot and will not cross itself. The dots must be adjacent and connect vertically or horizontally; they can’t connect diagonally. The numbers in boxes tell you how many sides of the loop are touching that box. It can seem impossible at first, but if you look closely enough, you can figure it out.

Nonogram

This is another one you might not have heard of. Nonograms are a great puzzle that creates a picture. You start on a grid of any size with numbers on the top and right side. These numbers are in squares and there can be multiple in one row or column. These tell you where to draw. The number in a block is how many squares are colored in next to each other in a row or column. If there are multiple numbers in one row or column then there is at least one space between the groups. It takes a bit of practice with nonograms so I suggest starting small. 

Did I also mention there’s color? Nonograms can be in black and white or in color. Color can make it easier or harder to solve a nonogram, but it always makes a more interesting picture.

Tips for solving puzzles

I can’t tell you every strategy for every puzzle, but I can give you some general advice.

Number 1, practice. I know I said logic puzzles are for fun, and they are, but if you want to solve them, then you need to practice. 

Number 2, look for patterns. Logic puzzles could not exist without patterns. You’ll naturally find patterns by playing repeatedly, but actively looking for them speeds up the process.

Whether you’re actually interested in solving them or you just need something to pass the time, logic puzzles are super diverse and super fun.