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sudoku

[soo-doh-koo] /sʊˈdoʊ ku/
noun
1.
a puzzle printed on a square grid of nine large squares each subdivided into nine smaller squares, the object of which is to fill in each of the 81 squares so that each column, row, and large square contains every number from 1 to 9.
Origin
2000-2005
2000-05; < Japanese sū- (< sūji number) + -doku (< dokushin being single)
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British Dictionary definitions for sudoku

sudoku

/səˈdəʊkuː/
noun
1.
a type of puzzle in which numbers must be arranɡed within a ɡrid contaninɡ several internal squares so that no number is repeated in the same row, column, or internal square
Word Origin
C21: from Japanese su number + doku single
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Contemporary definitions for sudoku
noun

a puzzle consisting of a 3-by-3 grid of nine squares, each of which is similarly divided into nine smaller squares, some containing a number. The aim is to fill in numerals from 1 to 9 so that every horizontal and vertical line and every large 3-by-3 square contains only one instance of each number; also written sudoku

Examples

Sudoku has joined crosswords in most newspapers.

Word Origin

1980s

noun

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