Harry Potter and the Sudoku Princess  

helga_hansen 50F  
3122 posts
8/14/2005 8:51 am

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Harry Potter and the Sudoku Princess

My love affair with Harry Potter began years ago. As a parent, I had heard all the hype about this new fictional character that was fascinating children (and adults, unbeknownst to me!) around the world. I only really climbed onto the Harry bandwagon when I decided to read the first book to discover what all the fuss was about. Needless to say, I was hooked. I borrowed my son's second book, and then waited patiently for the 3rd book to come out, which Santa bought and gift-wrapped for my son... and which I started reading moments after he had torn the Christmas wrapping off!

I became as annoyed as the children did when JK Rowling decided to get a life, and met and married her doctor, and then decided to have a baby. How could she?? Didn't she realise that I wanted to know what was going to happen to Harry?? Couldn't she just stop being selfish, and give me what I wanted??

Last July I was driving home from a girls night out when I remembered that the latest Harry book was being released to the general public at midnight. So, instead of driving home to my sleeping husband and our warm bed, I drove to the nearest store, which I knew was staying open for the die-hard HP fans, so that they could be amongst the first to get their hands on the book. Fortunately the queue wasn't that long, and after waiting for an hour, I walked away with 3 copies... one for my son, one for my sister (who lives in South Africa, and posting the book to her cost MORE than the actual cost of the book) and one for me. I went home and fell into bed, mission accomplished.

Next morning, and for several days after that, Harry Potter ruled my life. I carted that huge book every where, and finished it within a week. And then we were done... for another year.

This year I didn't go and stand in a queue in the middle of the night... I waited until the next morning, and went down to my local Tesco, where they still had plenty of copies. Again I purchased 3 copies (although I've not sent my sister her copy yet), and brought them home. And guess what? I've not read the first chapter yet...

Have I lost interest in the whole Harry Potter thing? Well, no.... I've just become addicted to something else!!

What would you say if I said I was now hooked on a 9 x 9 grid which is divided into nine 3 x 3 mini grids? Have I lost you? And what if I said that some numbers appear in this grid, and that the aim of this game is to fill in the rest of the grid in such a way that no number appears twice in the same row, column OR box?

The oject of the puzzle is to fill in all the remaining squares with the numbers from 1 to 9, so that each row contains all the number from 1 to 9; each column contains all the numbers from 1 to 9; each 3 x 3 box contains all the numbers 1 to 9. Confused yet?

Well, don't be!! I'm talking about sudoku, a craze that has hit the western world with a vengeance!! The puzzle is based on a square grid (such as crosswords and chess), and sudoku can be easy, or it can be a challenge to test the most committed of puzzlers. A well- constructed sudoku puzzle has only one solution, and to find it you should be able to proceed in a logical step-by-step manner. No arithmetical abilities are required, and no calculations are needed. It's entirely a test of logic, but one that requires much perserverance and patience!!

I know you're thinking I'm losing my marbles... but I dare you to try an easy one, and then tell me you're not itching to try another!!!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
2386 posts
8/14/2005 12:12 pm

I have to admit, I did read HP6 (as it is known to us fans) ... so if you want a plot summary, including the details of who dies, I can oblige

However, I also have to admit that I have started to toy with sudoku ... after a long time of stubbornly digging my heels in and refusing to follow the herd! Not that I'm hooked mind you; I can give it up any time I want to. I ... just ... don't want to ... yet

And it's your fault I started!!


1polishedjem 56F

8/14/2005 10:43 pm

Hm, now I am curious. I am addicted to computer games in general! What caught my attention and brought me to your blog was the Harry Potter in the title.

Yes, another adult addicted to HP books. We didn't discover the series until after the third book had been published, so we had quite a bit of reading to keep us happy before we had to wait...and wait!! for book 4, 5 and 6. Yes, I was one of the ones that went to the midnight parties for book 5 and 6!! (I got sorted into the Ravenclaw house! lol)

Hey Jx, were you upset by who dies? She probably doesn't want to be told! The few I have talked to who haven't had the chance to read it have been very clear they don't want to be told. *sigh* I wonder how long we will have to wait for the last book....

I think I will go do a search for sudoku!


rm_FreeLove999 48F
16127 posts
8/15/2005 12:41 am

LOL! it came out at midnight with all the fuss and flurry in south africa as well! but, anyway, always good to send books to people in SA as they are abominably expensive luxuries here! (i always stock up when travelling!)

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leyndokona2 50F

8/15/2005 2:19 am

I have always been addicted to crossword and logic puzzles, I'm not even going to try this one lol

AlbertPrince 59M

8/15/2005 3:57 am

Two thirds of people can't do fractions. The other half, just don’t care.

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
2386 posts
8/15/2005 4:47 am

Leyn, ma'am ... I said that too. People kept telling me that one wouldn't hurt, that everyone was doing them. Eventually I gave in, just for once ... look at me now. It's a sad story.

SirMounts 104M

8/15/2005 7:47 am

A love affair with Harry Potter? Hey, is He as good in bed as they say?

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
2386 posts
8/15/2005 10:45 am

Hmmm ... there was, of course, the rumour (which I'm sure, libel lawyers please note, is complete nonsense!) that the guy only married JKR so he could find out earlier how the series ends ...

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
2386 posts
8/15/2005 9:21 pm

Jem ... no, I don't suppose M'lady Helga would want to know ... and I'm not sure I'd tell her if she asked

But, no, I wasn't upset by finding out the Big Secret ... honest, it's not real, you know.

helga_hansen 50F  
1987 posts
8/16/2005 10:06 am

Helga wonders if "Tala learnt loads here"?

If you think I've gone crazy, why not visit  AmberSolaire 's blog to see what craziness he's got us performing now!


*Helga has a horrible feeling that her IT instructions suck... we'll soon find out!! *

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

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