Feb 27 2007

sudoku habits

Published by at 7:32 am under amy's head,daily,likes & irks,random

I love playing sudoku. It started with the washington post express when I had a temp job working in DC. I’d get the express, skim through it, and do the puzzle on the train into town. When I stopped doing that, my habit tapered off a bit… ok, I stopped completely. but that has all changed now that I have sudoku on my phone. I always thought I could never do that, I always thought I HAD to have paper and pencil to do a puzzle, but no. The verizon sudoku program is a good one, and I will often carry my phone to bed with me to have one more go at the current puzzle (and maybe start another one) before calling it a night.

Lately, I’ve noticed that I do some weird things while I work out a puzzle. Sometimes, I’m concentrating and everything is clicking and there’s just nothing going on in my brain to distract me.

However other times, when I’ve run into a dead end, I start talking to myself. (Not out loud, becuase that would be crazy.) No, I talk to myself in my head. I tell myself that the 2 can’t go in that column, or I’ll make note of where the 9 is in that other cube, or I’ll just mumble stuff as I stare at the puzzle and try not to be too tempted by that “hint” button.

OK.. so while talking to myself in my head may not be crazy, I’ve noticed that.. well… ahem… sometimes it isn’t *my* voice that is talking to me. The first time it happened, it was a deep throaty man’s voice. and not any man’s voice… the voice had a jamaican accent. Maybe it’s just my own way of amusing myself (and it worked. I was amused.) but it *was* fun to hear, “Ya cyan’t put that 2 there, mon. Think, wooman! think!”

Then it wasn’t anything for a while. Just me. My own voice. Until recently, when I’ve been hearing a man’s scottish accent.

So, yeah, the jury’s still out on my mental stability. But when I’m stumped with the sudoku puzzle, it’s always nice to have someone talk to me about the validity of whether that 2 is eliminated or not. Especially in a sexy scottish accent.

– amy

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “sudoku habits”

  1. ktjrdnon 27 Feb 2007 at 9:37 am

    Ooh, you should go to http://www.websudoku.com I play there all the time. Much more than I should actually.

  2. Arjewtinoon 27 Feb 2007 at 11:52 am

    This is why I gave up Sudoku. Too much insanity (and repetitiveness). And why I started doing crosswords.

  3. Mr. Crazymokeson 27 Feb 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Is the Jamaican voice possibly Hermes from Futurama?

    That would be funny.

  4. raineon 27 Feb 2007 at 1:10 pm


    oh and i’m definitely trying out the websudoku.com!

  5. Chrison 28 Feb 2007 at 9:22 am

    Sudoku drives me crazy. It’s too addictive to me so I just have to stay away entirely.

  6. Northboundon 15 Mar 2007 at 7:19 am

    I used to think I was crazy because I would try very very hard to have the last number I entered in the grid be the 9 in the lower-right box. Now I feel much more normal, mon.