Sudoku Variants of the Year

For fans of Killer Sudoku, Samurai Sudoku and other variants

Postby Smythe Dakota » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:33 pm

Don't count this as a vote, but doesn't anybody like 2-3-4 puzzles and the like?

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Postby Mel-o-rama » Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:54 am

Here are my votes, based on my solving experiences this year:

Killer (vanilla): 3 votes
Killer - Modulo (KiMo): 3 votes
Skyscraper variants: 2 votes
Killer - Disjoint Group: 1 vote
Consecutive: 1 vote

Honorable mention: Renban and Killer Renban look like they have good potential. I solved 1 Renban and attempted JC's 1st Killer-Renban but gave up after 30 minutes. I'll try again later.

Least liked variant: Greater-than/Less-than. Must have been a bad solving experience, but I've found those to be boring. (Min/max quadrants on the other hand are interesting.)

Edited to add: I posted this on Dec 31 6:55PM EST. My settings gave this a January post date. Oops!
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End Result

Postby Pyrrhon » Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:00 pm

We get as end result the following

Code: Select all
Place       Variant                              Votes
1           Killer Sudoku                        19
2           Killer X Sudoku                       8
3           Zero Killer Sudoku                    7
4           Consecutive/Nonconsecutive Sudoku     5
5           Skyscraper Sudoku                     4
5           Toroidal Sudoku                       4
5           Zero Killer X Sudoku                  4
8           EG Killer                             3
8           Inequality Killer                     3
8           KiCo (Killer by Colour)               3
8           Killer Jigsaw                         3
8           KiMo                                  3
13          Argyle Sudoku                         2
13          Double Killer                         2
13          Non Consecutive Sudoku                2
13          Sum Search Sudoku                     2
17          Killer - Disjoint Group               1
17          Navigator Sudoku                      1
17          Pandigital Sudoku                     1
17          Pseudoku                              1
17          Twin Corresponding Sudoku             1
17          Windoku (aka NRC Sudoku)              1


So the variant of 2006 is killer sudoku.

Other recognized variants are (in this order): Killer X Sudoku, Zero Killer Sudoku, Consecutive/Nonconsecutive Sudoku, Skyscraper Sudoku, Toroidal Sudoku, Zero Killer X Sudoku, EG Killer, Inequality Killer, KiCo (Killer by Colour), Killer Jigsaw and KiMo. A nice collection to start with variants.
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Postby udosuk » Wed Jan 03, 2007 1:14 am

So a "Consecutive/Non-consecutive Zero Killer X" puzzle would be a pretty good piece of memorabilia to celebrate this voting event... Any takers?:D
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Postby Jean-Christophe » Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:26 pm

Here is one (not really hard):)

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Postby udosuk » Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:00 am

Thanks JC... A very nice and pretty puzzle!:)

I think the difficulty is just alright as we're back from the holiday already...:)
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Postby Mel-o-rama » Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:46 pm

Now I'm piqued. What's a zero-killer? I can't seem to find any directions.
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Postby Jean-Christophe » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:20 pm

It's a killer with some missing cages, with voids.
It's usually harder to solve since you can't use Innies/outies in some places.
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Postby Mel-o-rama » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:56 pm

Oh, okay. So in the DJAPE zero-puzzle, you're still placing numbers in all cells, even where his picture is! Gotcha. I'll give your puzzle a whirl!
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