Item description for Jumbo Sudoku Challenge by Michael Mepham...
Following on the heels of Jumbo Sudoku Easy, Jumbo Sudoku Challenge includes 400 all-new puzzles to test sudoku enthusiasts. This collection contains some of the most difficult puzzles available and is sure to entice die-hard sudoku solvers. Jumbo Sudoku Challenge also includes Killer Sudokua different way to get your Sudoku fix - along with the regular puzzles ranging in levels from difficult to the absolute fiendish. Every puzzle is an oversized grid so you have extra room to help you solve. Plus as a bonus, Jumbo Sudoku Challenge will feature a special pull-out Shogun puzzleit is the ultimate Sudoku test!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8" Height: 10.75" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Oct 17, 2006
Publisher Time Inc Home Entertainment
ISBN 1933821019 ISBN13 9781933821016 UPC 804962010998
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Mepham
Michael Mepham is the puzzle compiler behind the bestselling Book of Sudoku and the Sudoku to Go series, and is well known as the man behind the Daily Telegraph's Weekend Giant general crossword puzzle.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jumbo Sudoku Challenge?
Not quite hard enough ... but great entertainment! Aug 31, 2008
When you get right down to where the rubber hits the road, there are a very limited number of things that one can say about a book of sudoku puzzles.
That said, Michael Mepham's "Jumbo Sudoku Challenge" is a pleasantly diversified set of tantalizing Sudoku challenges. The paper quality is wonderful and stands up to multiple erasures. The oversize format allows for lots of temporary mini-number entries. The variety puzzles such as Killer Sudoku and Samurai Sudoku are plentiful and equally challenging. There are also enough of them that one can actually hone your skills and begin to develop solving strategies that are deeper and more subtle than blunt force. The book's thickness means that right-handed people will encounter some difficulties completing the puzzles on the left hand side of the page and vice versa. But, frankly, that's a minor cavil because adding something like a spiral binding to make the book lie flat would also increase the cost of the book substantially.
I just wish that "hard" consistently meant "hard" and "fiendish" always meant "fiendish". In this case, "hard" seems to mean "mostly hard but some medium" and "fiendish" means "mostly fiendish, but sometimes merely hard". Whatsamatter for you guys? I know you can build fiendishly difficult puzzles! Too bad, that! So I guess what might have been a five-star review is going to have to be limited to four.
Misleading Cover, very disappointed Apr 29, 2008
This book is misleading and I am extremely unhappy with it. I searched this site for Samurai Sudoku and this book came up. The cover displays a Samurai Sudoku so I naturally assumed that the book was a Samurai Sudoku book. But it aint! Out of 275 puzzles, only 50 are Samurai Sudoku - a total waste of money if you are looking for Samurai Sudoku.
A challenging mix of Sudoku variations Apr 28, 2008
I've enjoyed other variations of Sudoku, but this is definitely the hardest. If you're looking for something other than the usual 1 - 9, you'll definitely find them here - but don't expect them to be easy! As the title warns you, this is a challenge. If you want a more gentle introduction I'd suggest Will Shortz's Favorite Sudoku Variations: 100 Kakuro, Killer Sudoku, and More Brain-Twisting Puzzles and 100 Samurai Sudoku Puzzles to get your feet wet and then try to stay afloat in this book!
The best Dec 30, 2007
This is the King Kong of Sudoku books. I might buy another copy just so I can work them again.
Ditto on above 5-star reviews! Dec 7, 2007
Can't improve much on what above 2 reviewers say. Appealing presentation, good variety of sudoku types, nice big puzzles allow penciling in of possible answers in squares. Similar to Jumbo Sudoku Fusion but eschews the "gentle" category and starts out at intermediate, going to advanced. A hardcore puzzle addict, I keep the Jumbo Sudoku Challenge in the car and Jumbo Sudoku Fusion at home (or vice versa) and am assured of having a fun puzzle at hand all the time. On trips I used to have to take several books with different puzzle types but now this is the only book I need. Highly recommend both this and Jumbo Sudoku Fusion and am hoping Jumbo Sudoku Explosion is built along the same lines.