Definition of sudoku
: a puzzle in which missing numbers are to be filled into a 9 by 9 grid of squares which are subdivided into 3 by 3 boxes so that every row, every column, and every box contains the numbers 1 through 9
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When retested after the prizes were frozen, Varshavsky — who in 2006 had also come under suspicion of cheating at a chess championship — could not solve a sudoku.
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Origin and Etymology of sudoku
Japanese sūdoku, short for sūji wa dokushin ni kagiru "the numerals must remain single" (i.e., the digits can occur only once)
First Known Use: 2000
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