Sudoku authors talk about Sudoku.
NyanBazWelcome. Actually, these two authors make the most Sudoku, the top two for our site.
NyanBazSure. And both of you make a lot of puzzles other than Sudoku too.
NyanBazIs it easy for you to make Sudoku?
NyanBazYou said in an interview that getting published motivates you.
NyanBazIn that interview Casty said that Sudoku is the puzzle that takes the most time to make.
NyanBazBut Sudoku is not good for making large numbers of puzzles, is it?
NyanBazBut, Sudoku often doesn't fit into it. You don't always end up with a good problem.
NobBut Rokuo makes problems at many levels of difficulty.
NobHow about you, Casty? You make all kinds of Sudoku from easy to really hard.
NobThen, do you fail a lot?
NyanBazYou remake it from the beginning! Don't you copy it halfway and just remake it from there?
NyanBazWow. It would take a lot of experience to match your skill.
NobIt's important that you should be experienced and used to making Sudoku.
NyanBazSome time ago Rokuo said that you make Sudoku in the range where you could do it. Do you end up making many similar problems?
NobI may make problems in a similar way too. Sudoku is a puzzle where it is hard to get any personality of the author across. Is it only akasyo who can get individual flavors with Sudoku?
NobThat's about all there is though.
NyanBazNow, how about this. Don't you want to put your personal stamp everywhere?
NobCasty is the same, also with other puzzles. It seems that Casty avoids personality as far as possible.
NyanBazA new unique idea doesn't pop up all the time. Do you remember when Sudoku became a hit all around the world. Did you feel something when it came into fashion?
NyanBazWhat do you think about that Casty?
NyanBazI was just a reader in those days, but I had the same thought too. (laughs) Nikoli sent Kakuro and Slitherlink and other puzzles out in the world too, but those didn't take root like Sudoku. Where is it that Sudoku is so good?
NobThe rules are simple. But it's deep and complex.
NobWriting in numbers may be just right for British newspapers. Because crossword puzzles are also popular in the U.K.
NyanBazLet us get back to talking about problem making. Are there things that you would never change with Sudoku?
NyanBazDo you yourself put some sort of limit on the number of expression numbers (the starter numbers)?
NyanBazAnd how many do you end up with?
NobThat sounds about right.
NyanBazAre you hung up on how solutions should feel when you are doing a puzzle.
NyanBazHow about you Rokuo? Do you set a limit on starter numbers?
NyanBazIs that just coincidentally?
NyanBazYou are not very alike here.
NobI don't understand that either.
NobSudoku seems to be made in different ways by different people, that also makes it difficult to imitate the ways of other authors.
NyanBazIt's mysterious. There isn't any personality in it, but the Sudoku of another author is hard to imitate. I think that the personality is right there, and in Sudoku it is hard to know what personality is.
NyanBazWe will close here today. please give me a message to the solvers.
NyanBazThank you for today. Please make a lot of Sudoku problems from now on too.
Discussion on Jul 2010 Published on Jul 31, 2013