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Original O'Ekaki: Intelligent Designs from Its Creator [Paperback]

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Item description for Original O'Ekaki: Intelligent Designs from Its Creator by Tetsuya Nishio...

Like sudoku, O'Ekaki (Paint by Numbers) provides an entertaining test of one's logic, using a grid as its playing field. But rather than leaving the player with boxes of numbers, O'Ekaki ends with a flourish: a fun piece of art that seems to magically appear when you've correctly darkened the final square grid. And each puzzle's title is an amusing clue to the picture that will ultimately emerge. The puzzle challenge on several levels, from beginning to expert, all resulting in a sometimes elaborate picture.

And every one is designed by the inventor of O'Ekaki himself!

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Pages   157
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 22, 2008
Publisher   Vertical
ISBN  1934287113  
ISBN13  9781934287118  

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More About Tetsuya Nishio

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! According to The Times of London, "Tetsuya Nishio is the undisputed grand 'puzzle master' of Sudoku: a bespectacled fiend from the darkest suburbs of Tokyo who spends his every waking hour devising abominable new ways to torture our brain cells. His only weapon is logic, but, in his own words, 'It is a knife that kills.' His commitment to deviousness is absolute."
Nishio is a world champion of number-logic puzzles. He reigns as the single-most important figure in Sudoku in Japan. He invented O'Ekaki (Paint by Sudoku) puzzles in the late 1980s, which are steadily becoming as popular as Sudoku. He is also the chairman of the Japan Puzzle Team at the annual World Puzzle Championships.
At the 2007 World Puzzle Championship, Nishio placed fourth amongst the greatest Sudoku puzzlers in the world!

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Reviews - What do customers think about Original O'Ekaki: Intelligent Designs from Its Creator?

Whimsical pictures, good clues, fun hints, bad paper  Sep 12, 2008
This book of hanje puzzles was great fun. Each puzzle was rated for difficulty...not necessarily related to the size of the grid. The resulting pictures have been pretty interesting.
My only complaint would be the roughness of the paper. I've finally started photocopying the puzzles onto better paper.
I'm pretty good at these kinds of puzzles, but many of the harder puzzles in this book took me several hours to complete--very challenging. For the most part, the resulting pictures were worth it.
Addictive fun!  Aug 30, 2008
O'Ekaki, also known as hanjie or griddlers are great fun. This book as the previous books by this author is very high quality. The puzzles range from very easy to very difficult. Ratings are given as 1 pencil for easy to 4 pencils for difficult. There are not many 1-2 pencils.Those labelled 3 pencils actually range from fairly easy to quite difficult. Unlike some other books I have bought containing this type of puzzle, the paper is good quality so mistakes can be erased, and I haven't found any errors.
O'ekaki  Jun 13, 2008
This is probably one of the most fun books of this puzzle out there. I'm addicted to them so have bought quite a few. This would be a good one for both beginners and experienced solvers. It has a nice mix of easy to challenging, and the results are interesting puzzles.
By FAR, one of the best  May 19, 2008
This is by far one of the best pixel puzzles books out there. I can only wish that he would publish monthly instead of annually! The grids are mostly no larger than 30 X 30, with many, many in the 25 X 25 range, and just a few challengers bigger than 30 X 30. The grading of the puzzles from 1-5 are fairly accurate, so you can choose what level you feel like working at and have fun with it. Like all pixels, the smaller puzzles leave a little to be desired in the quality of the picture, but that's to be expected. The larger puzzles turn out pretty nice to beautiful in some cases, and the ones in between are pretty fair representations of some object, not too busy (like the Griddlers).

The only reason I took off one star is for the quality of the paper. It's not as bad as those terrible Griddlers, but it does have some problems. Fortunately, it erases fairly easily, but it also absorbs moisture from the air very easily, so ONLY use this as an indoor book (not recommended for taking to the beach or camping!)

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