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Sudoku Puzzles


Tegami Pazaru
  0% (0)
Nanpuro
  58% (7)
Nanbaa Rojikku
  16% (2)
Atama Ittaii
  25% (3)


Total Votes : 12


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Sudoku Puzzles - 2/9/2012 9:06:32 AM   
oursed

 

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Many come to Japan looking for Sudoku, only to be downtrodden when they find out that the local bookstore clerk has no idea what they are talking about. Here's a short poll to see how many know what the Japanese call Sudoku puzzles.
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RE: Sudoku Puzzles - 9/21/2012 1:29:25 AM   
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fyi, "Sudoku" 数独 is registered by Nikoli in Japan so most of publishers call it "Numple" ナンプレ.

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RE: Sudoku Puzzles - 10/1/2012 10:22:44 PM   
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"Numple" makes it sound like it should be pronounced NUM-pull which is not quite right. The katakana is na-n-pu-re, and should be pronounced "nan-prey" (the u is a whispered vowel) which is an abbreviation of "nanbaa pureisu" (Number Place). In Japanese, this kind of abbreviating is quite common, such as seeing Pic-a-piz puzzles abbreviated as "iraroji" (Illustrated Logic).

Transliterating any kind of non-romanized language into romanized characters is always tricky and there are sometimes multiple ways of spelling the same thing (such as the Japanese R which is really an R/L sound).

Jeff

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