I’ve been bitten by the Su-doku bug. Infected, more like. It all started when I saw something like a crossword in one of the newspapers one morning. Being a big crossword fan, I eagerly sat down with a pencil to do it, when I realized that it was a number puzzle.
I’m not a number-person. I don’t feel comforted and reassured by numbers; I’m more a word-person. Numbers are a big no-no with me. Apprehensively, I read the instructions. And found out it wasn’t that bad at all. Quite simple and to the point.
And that’s when it started.
I did my first puzzle in around 15 minutes. And I loved it. And I spread the word. I told everyone in the house. My mum and dad became instant fans. My dad even offered to make me the puzzles on the comp. That day, we spent an entire afternoon trying to come up with a simple rule to make them. Geniuses that we are, we did. Only we took more than 4 hours to do it.
We were elated. Our principle: If you can make ‘em, how hard can it be to solve ‘em? Apparently, quite hard. We got our first taste of a seriously hard puzzle the following week. And that’s when we became die-hard addicts. Now, no matter how hard the puzzle, we don’t let go till we finish. Everything else be damned.
My parents and I have discovered not only a great, engaging number game, but also a unique and fun way to spend quality time with each other. Now that’s what I call family bonding.