Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sudoku

This is another pleasure, albeit a not-so-guilty one. Sudoku is a logic-based number placement puzzle, for anyone who doesn't know, although it's hugely popular, and I expect everyone has seen it before by now. The game was invented by an American architect Howard Garns in 1979 and, published by Dell Puzzle Magazines and called "Number Place," but it became super popular in Japan where it was renamed. Sudoku roughly means "Single Number" by my understanding.


Why are these types of games and puzzles good for you? Because they are incredibly good "exercise" for your mind. Challenging your mind to "learn new tricks" and keep on its toes can actually help you prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia as you age. It can also relieve stress and keep you mentally balanced and socially connected.


Now I've done my part to enrich your brains, all you have to do is go out and do it!

5 comments:

Elle said...

Sudoku. I'm addicted.... :oS

├╝berburber said...

I'm a crossword puzzle fiend. love to start my day that way. I strive to emulating my 91 year old Grandma, who still does the NYT puzzle each day. In pen.

Rhea said...

I'm impressed with your grandmother! wow!!

Lynn said...

I've been doing the Sudoku on the AARP website for over a year. They just changed their format, which is taking some getting used to. And they have Eggs, which is great fun: you get to throw eggs at a wall and don't have to clean up the mess afterward. Great therapy for those of us who commute to Dallas and back, five days a week!

Rhea said...

Seriously, Lynn? Throwing eggs at the wall? That sounds like a lot of fun! Messy, but fun.