Sudoku Syndication by Sudoku Puzzler
Syndicated or custom, 9x9 and 6x6 Sudoku puzzles for newspaper, magazine, book, and web publication by the Sudoku creator for the Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian.
Sudoku Puzzler has the broadest difficulty range compared to most syndicated Sudoku puzzles. You could settle for a space filler or you could truly add value to your daily newspaper, book project, magazine or other publication. When applied to daily Sudoku puzzles,
flatline refers to a barely discernable increase in difficulty from Monday to Sunday. Normally one would think of the challenge level of a daily feature, such as the Crossword, as rising steadily throughout the week, and culminating on Sunday with a real doozy. But what I found instead, with most syndicated Sudoku puzzles, was that their weekend versions hardly registered above their Monday or Tuesday versions. If you were to graph this week-long trend, the result would be a virtual flatline.
In contrast to the flatline model, Sudoku Puzzler increases steadily and sharply throughout the week, from the elementary Super Easy to the fiendish Diabolical. According to a comparative study I performed recently, Sudoku Puzzler ranks near the top among the nationally syndicated, classic Sudoku puzzles in terms of difficulty. A graph that represents the results of this study is displayed further down this page.
Are you a weekly newspaper? Sudoku Puzzler is free for weekly newspapers in exchange for a link to this website. The rate for daily newspapers is negotiable; it is my goal to work with every newspaper's budget in order to make quality, high-end Sudoku possible for even the smallest budgets. Sudoku Puzzler, online version, is free, whether you subscribe to the print version or not. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or if you would like more information.
Free Sudoku Web Feature
Free interactive Sudoku web feature for your newspaper's Sudoku web page. Even if you don't subscribe to Sudoku Puzzler's daily print puzzles, you are still welcome to use this Sudoku web feature for your web site. All I ask is that you retain the link to Sudoku Puzzler. Here's the code:
Copy and paste the code above to get the embedded page below.
Sudoku Puzzler's daily rotation:
- Ultra Easy
All Sudoku puzzles are 1200 dpi, ready for print, with solutions. For samples, please see the PDF below; for more information, please email: email@example.com.
As you can see from the plot below, most Sudoku puzzles appearing in newspapers don't present a significant challenge. Universal Uclick is the only one that matches the caliber of Sudoku Puzzler. King Features and Creators Syndicate offer barely a freshman-level challenge, and United Features doesn't even show up anymore since they merged with Universal Uclick. The New York Times goes with PZZL and they're one of the worst.
Samples from each vendor were entered into the third party solver referenced in the plot, and the number next to each graph is the time (in seconds) it took for the program to solve that puzzle. Typically, the shorter the solution time, the more elementary the Sudoku puzzle.
Below are the results of James Lee's assessments, in graph format. The first graph shows the solution times, as recorded by Mr. Lee. The second graph shows his assigned difficulty level, based on his own formulation.