MissAnnThrope 57F
11679 posts
5/1/2006 1:49 pm

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I have a confession to make. I am an addict. It is a serious addiction, too. I have discovered I can't stop when I want to. It is all consuming. It takes my attention away from other things. I will be in the middle of doing something and I will stop and feed my addiction. I'll be in the middle of a conversation and I will excuse myself to take care of my addiction.

I'm not talking about drugs. I'm not talking about alcohol. I'm not talking about smoking, as this addiction even takes my attention away from that. I'm not talking about sex. I'm not even talking about blogging. I'm talking about Sudoku.

It started innocently enough. For quite some time now, I've been seeing people doing the puzzles from the paper on the subway. I've tried to figure out what the hell it was based on looking watching as they sat next to me. However, I didn't get it. I figured it was some numbers puzzle where you had to get everything to add up a certain way. But then came the conversation.

I had missed picking up a New York Times that Sunday, so I didn't have the puzzle. I asked my friend to save me the puzzle, if he hadn't already done it. He asked which puzzle, then mentioned Sudoku multiple times. I bit. I asked what Sudoku was.

He started to explain it to me, but I just wasn't getting a mental visual. So, I Googled and found Web Sudoku, which explains the basic rules and has millions of puzzles ranging from easy to evil. Out of curiosity, I started playing. And playing. And playing some more.

It has been all consuming since. My thoughts run to not what I'm doing at the moment, but when will I see my next grid? Will it be a puzzle I can solve in four minutes, or will it be a puzzle that takes me forever to solve? Yes, this site times you and lets you know where you stand based on others who use their site. That alone is evil.

Hours go by and they feel like minutes as I get lost in my addiction. I have dreams about it. Dreams about a Sudoku where only one number is filled in, but the computer only allows one solution. A Sudoku so hard, I can't solve it, no matter how hard I try! I wake up in a cold sweat and head for the computer. I have to assure myself that such a puzzle is not on their site.

Yes, I am addicted. It's cutting into my blogging time. It's cutting into my chatting time. It's cutting into my social life. It is taking me over. It is all my friend's fault. For piquing my curiosity. For getting me involved.

So, if someone mentions Sudoku to you, just say no! Tell them you don't need an addictive substance in your life! Tell them about how you hear it turns people into shut-ins, waiting for their next fix! DON'T GET INVOLVED!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a puzzle to solve.

qship52 64M

5/1/2006 2:08 pm

I got introduced to it at Christmas. Fortunately, I found myself too busy to get hooked on it, as I could feel that coming!

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:30 am:
Yes, it is easy to get hooked on. I mean really hooked. You got lucky, as far as being too busy. Trust me.

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
5/1/2006 2:11 pm

I've seen it too....but I don't have a clue what it is. Blogging is already taking up too much of my I'd better not try to figure this one out.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:32 am:
It's a numbers puzzle, where you fill in the grids. However, you can only have 1 through 9 once in each grid, row or column. Once you figure out there's a definite rhythm, it becomes addictive.

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
5/1/2006 2:22 pm

thankyou off to check it out

I'm a

i'm here to stay

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:32 am:
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! You'll never get out of the convent now!

flagg134 37M
1582 posts
5/1/2006 2:27 pm

Ann I'll write them and have them draw up 16 number grids for you that should keep you busy till bush is out of office


MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:33 am:
That is beyond evil.

Seriously_Real 49M

5/1/2006 2:46 pm

You know, miss ann, I have so many damned addictions in my life that I have purposefully steered clear of Soduku because of the horror tales of it's addictive power. Kind of like a "Scared Straight" video or something keeping me clean.

And as addicted as I am and have been to so many things (nicotine, alcohol, blogging, the incessant and unremitting praise of others, for example) I have never done cocaine or heroin. At least I knew enough to stay away.

And Soduku is not going to get me. Nuh uh.


MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:36 am:
My first taste of Sudoku was thrust upon me, the way you hear dealers get kids hooked on drugs. The person who did it to me knew what he was doing. He knew he'd get me hooked. He knew he had a complete novice with a curious mind and took advantage of that. I was naive. So I wrote this post to warn others of the dangers. I'm happy to hear you were already aware of the dangers and steered clear.

Seriously_Real 49M

5/1/2006 2:47 pm

P.S. -- yes, I know I misspelled it. I did that to rob it of its power....power that calls to me even now like a siren....grr...

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:36 am:
Oooooh... I never thought of doing that! But it's too late for me.

saddletrampsk 55F

5/1/2006 3:06 pm

Sudoku requires too much brains..can't get me into way..

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:39 am:
You know, if you want to get involved, we can draw up some super easy grids for you. *slaps own hand* (Stop it! We're supposed to be warning people of the dangers!) (But we can become a pusher.) (No we can't! We have to end the madness!) (Speak for yourself. You always think you're the voice of reason. Live a little.) (I am the voice of reason!) (No, you're a wet blanket who can't have fun. Let's get her hooked.)

If you'll excuse me, I have to go fight with myself.

EroticaXTC 51F

5/1/2006 3:22 pm

Where have I been that I don't know about this????OHHH,yeah, blogging....well, I have been looking for something to distract me from all the other addictions I have....LOL...and actually having human contact with another person is not my FATE on this site ...I think I'll go take a peek

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:40 am:
NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I said in my post, "DO NOT GET INVOLVED!" You will be sorry. It will affect your life!

cuteNEway 42F

5/1/2006 5:05 pm

Buahahahhaaaaaaa and now I made you into a Tai Pei addict...tee hee

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:40 am:
Nah. Taipei is good when I need a small break from Sudoku. It's not nearly as addictive.

NickRules999 40M
9464 posts
5/1/2006 5:07 pm

I had the same thing with Final Fantasy VII, then I beat the game. But then I played it again, and again, and again....oh god!!!!

I'm a Final Fantasy VII addict!!

Help me......

Video games have always been my poison. I could spend days palying them. But I find I'm more excited about classic compilations than I am about new games. Grand Theft Auto is too hard for me. I like the older arcade games.

Come into my realm! You aren't afraid...are you?

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:42 am:
I sort of did that with Genghis Khan for the 8-bit Nintendo. Come to think of it, I did it with the original Final Fantasy too. I have Crystal Chronicles sitting here and have for at least a year now, untouched. Should I live the wrapper on and forget I have it?

rm_VoodooGuru1 50M
2053 posts
5/1/2006 5:11 pm

I can't get into it. I like puzzles and all, but for me the challenge is not in solving the problem, but figuring out how to solve those types of problems. Soduko has no algorithm, it's just, "Do these numbers work? Do these numbers work?"

I do enjoy Slylock Fox.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:44 am:
Actually it does. Or at least the easier puzzles do. It isn't a question of just plugging in numbers until you get the right one. Each number has it's place. There is a rhthym and a pattern to each puzzle.

Do they still run Slylock Fox? I haven't seen that in years.

rm_CauseISaidSo 49F
182 posts
5/1/2006 7:13 pm

So THAT'S where you've been!! Well, anything that exercises your brain and comes cheap can't be too bad, I think. Although, as a compulsive personality myself, perhaps I too should steer clear..I used to LOVE that magazine Games when I was a kid even though I could barely finish any of the puzzles in it, lol. Still a good buy for long flights/trips.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:46 am:
You know, I stopped reading Games long ago, when it seemed like it was nothing but ads for actual games. For long flights, I like books and naps. But yes, that's what I've been doing. Well, one of the things I've been doing.

im_your_man77 40M
961 posts
5/2/2006 4:27 am

LOL too late for the warning I've been there for 9 months now. The easy ones I can do in about 4 minutes I have no interest in, its the devilishly hard puzzles that I can't pull myself away from. I feel like writing a letter to the editor of the Sunday Herald complaining that the paper was the cause of my addiction. Unfortunately I don't have the time not while I have a puzzle to complete.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 1:49 am:
You know, Web Sudoku has millions of puzzles and some of the ones that are supposed to be evil are actually easier than some of the easy puzzles. They base the ease of solving the puzzle on the number of blanks. Yeah, if the spaces that are filled in give you no clues, even an easy puzzle can be hard.

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 4:39 pm:
You know, web sudoku is the name of the site. Millions of devlishly hard puzzles at your fingertips. Some of the easy puzzles are actually harder than the hard puzzles, thanks to the fact it's not the numbers in the spaces that count, but the number of spaces.

HBowt2 60F

5/3/2006 3:23 am

tried it once but got distracted by blogging......

MissAnnThrope replies on 5/3/2006 4:40 pm:
*sigh* I wish I could say that, but I get distracted from blogging by sudoku. I think I need an intervention.

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