7 Inspiring examples of doodles, comments and notes while solving SudokuThursday, February 12, 2009
A doodle is an unfocused drawing or sketch made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied (Wikipedia). Some doodles have meaning or a recognizable shape while others are abstract. Anyone who ever solved logic puzzles on a piece of paper has made at least one doodle so puzzle fans make the most fabulous doodlers as they generate countless numbers of those little sub-conscious masterpieces.
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Please don't let your personal logic flavor be in the way, so if you have picture logic or number logic doodle masterpieces please email them to us and we may publish them here. To inspire your imagination we selected a few neat examples from enthusiastic Sudoko solvers who have already uploaded their photos to the Internet. Enjoy!
Sudoku doodling at work
When not doodling at work, Sudoku keeps Dave Sykes from USA awake, interested and sane. Cheers for a 30 something married guy who manages to keep his job while still uploading his doodles to Flickr for us.
The process is simple and well described by Sykes: Work... bored... Sudoku... sketch... the margins provide space to doodle when the numbers make my brain hurt. Maybe Sudoku is the only thing keeping me sane at work, between calls. Sudoku and the margin doodling."
Beautiful Killer Sudoku records
This professional-looking snapshot of a Killer Sudoku record sheet was taken in February 2009 by a number logic fan named Alasdair Nicol from Berlin, Germany. "You can't beat the Guardian puzzle page on a Saturday; Sudoku, Killer Sudoku and Futoshiki all on one page" says Alasdair. "After messing up the grid in the newspaper, I had to copy it by hand for a second attempt". The result is shown above. For more photos by Alasdair see al.sdair.co.uk
Extreme Sudoku records
This one, by Michelle Fu Brian McBay from Vancouver, is titled Remnants of an avid Sudoku player. "Avid" is a bit of an understatement here, don't you think?
Never too young for a Sudoku records
Aaron Wormus was walking through the bookstore with his 5 year old daughter when the young lady asked for her own Sudoku book and got one, suitable for kids. About 10 minutes after Annie understood the simple rules of Sudoku she came back with her first solved one. "Pretty impressive for a 5-year-old" says Wormus. We very much agree.
Morbid Sudoku doodle records
Agony Sudoku records
Part of Robert Bryn's spiritual practice / self-improvement regimen in L.A. is sitting by the pool and working on Sudoku. The above doodle was made on an airplane during one of Bryn's flights. "I was having such a hard time with the puzzle that I made a mess of it in the airline magazine" says Bryn. "I copied it into my graph paper notebook and made a little drawing while I was agonizing over it. Some Sudoku puzzles are just a little bit too hard, aren't they?
Consolation Sudoku records
And while we are on the subject of agony puzzles here is another guy nicknamed Cheego who was travelling in bad conditions, tired and worried. "It was too difficult to even think to use the Moleskine for drawings, poems, or intelligent things" says Cheego so the only remaining option was coming up with his own doodled Sudoku. We are not sure what exactly Cheego means by "intelligent things" (perhaps Pic-a-Pix?) but if you are wondering what a Moleskine might be: it's a very stylish brand of notebook manufactured by an Italian company that holds the same name.