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Sudoku puzzle starts today

Beginning today, the Mail Tribune will carry Sudoku, a new puzzle craze that originated in Japan. Sudoku will appear in the B section of the newspaper daily.

Here's how you play:

You are given a 9x9 grid which has been divided into nine 3x3 boxes. The aim of the game is very simple: to fill each row, column and 3x3 box with the numbers from — to 9 inclusive.

Although the puzzle looks like a giant magic square, in fact there is no mathematics involved. In a typical grid, approximately 30 of the numbers will be given to you. From there, you can deduce all the other digits using logic alone.

To begin, look at the digit which occurs most frequently in the grid. In which rows, columns and boxes is it missing? Also look at rows, columns and boxes which are almost complete ' which numbers are missing and where could they go? The rest is up to you!