One mans response to KenKen

After going on about how he loved, then got bored of Sudoku, and the same for Kakuro, this guy found KenKen…

Happily, just as I was getting disillusioned with Kakuro, KenKen stepped into my life. It arrived in the form of a book–a review copy of Will Shortz Presents KenKen Easiest Volume 1 from St. Martin’s Press. It is written by Shortz and Tetsuya Miyamoto, the Japanese math teacher who invented KenKen. “Ken” means wisdom in Japanese, thus KenKen means wisdom squared–or perhaps cleverness squared, depending on your translation.

It took me about 30 seconds to grasp the rules of KenKen and another 30 seconds to get sucked into the book. Shortz, The New York Times’ crossword puzzle editor since 1993 and probably the most famous puzzle guru around, praises KenKen as a puzzle that’s easy to learn yet spans a range from simple to very difficult, and he’s right

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