Global Interest in Logic Puzzles

The major appeal of sudoku and other Japanese logic puzzles is attributed to their simple rules and the application of logic without special knowledge of words or math.  As a classic puzzle-type, logic puzzles can range from fairly easy to fiendishly difficult.  The merits of these brainteasers are cited as follows:  satisfaction from solving or completing something difficult; prevention of memory decline; development of logic skills; and pure mental entertainment.

Although Japanese have developed many types of logic puzzles for the last twenty years, the most common ones found in puzzle magazines are the following:  sudoku, kakuro, nonogram, slither link, and divide by squares.  (by Diana Lee, November 1, 2005, Uniorb: Asian Trend: Japan)

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