Tracing back the Sudoku Mammoth

Starting 2015 with SOTR’s first sudoku event:
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Rumour has it that 29,500 years ago, the Sudoku Mammoth (Mammuthus sudoticus) walked the earth. Using the latest technology, scientists have made a riveting discovery! The patterns on the fur of the Sudoku Mammoth looked suspiciously familiar. The puzzle experts of SOTR were consulted and together, they have reached a conclusion. Those patterns contained symbols that are strikingly similar to what we see in today’s sudoku puzzles. Maybe we are simply creating what our ancestors have already long discovered but had been lost in the test of time.

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Recently, we have narrowed our field of search to the Great Plains of Tamziania. We believe the final pieces are hidden somewhere in the map above. Join forces with our team of archaeologists to uncover more secrets hidden within the remains of the Sudoku Mammoth!

Your gear:
Here is the Instructions Booklet containing all the possible types of sudoku you will encounter along your journey.
Here is your Project Map to complete as you shovel along the Great Plains of Tamziania.

Instructions:
To dig one area on the map you have to solve a sudoku puzzle (small puzzle for small area, large puzzle for large area). Several areas will contain fossil pieces which give information about the Final Puzzle: the Sudoku Mammoth’s Fur in your project map.
Puzzles can be found in SMALL AREA and LARGE AREA on the menu above. Enter your answers at SUBMIT SOLUTIONS and when you’re done with the final puzzle, head to END PROJECT.

You can find more details at the “About Sudoku Excavation” tab on the menu above.

Grab your shovel and start ploughing for clues!

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Let’s go dig fossils

Announcing the first event for 2015, boy do I have a lot planned for this year. Hoping most of them actually escape to see the light of day. Sudoku fans can rejoice as this event is jam-packed with a lot of tasty sudokus.

This is the first time that the event is a collaborative effort. My teammate, Sinchai Rungsangrattanakul, crafted quite a number of nice sudokus more than he knows what to do with them. In a couple of weeks, I will be sending you off to dig for fossils in…

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There will be a crazy twist!

Lucky solvers might need to solve only a few puzzles to finish… whereas the not-so-lucky ones might have to solve one sudoku after another…and another.

All that coming soon!

From PDF to book

First post in 2015!

Did you have a nice holiday?
I surely did not since this academic year overlapped New Year’s Day so my countdown was a rather miserable experience. One of many resolutions for me is to finally find time to plough through old puzzles from the internet. With the digital age in full swing, puzzles these days are often in PDF format. This doesn’t roll well with my habit of collecting puzzle books so, here, I will share with you how one might transform an E-book into another attractive book to add to your shelf.

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My shelf welcomes a new member

I paid a visit to the press and printed out the latest Meraklisina Akil Oyunlari. The cover and back page were printed on hard paper and the book was slapped by two clear plastic sheets. No one can argue that the best spine for a puzzle book is spiral-bound, so a colourful helical spine (extra large size please!) was twisted into this voluminous issue.

Ta-da!

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Spiral bounding makes for a nice and flat opened book

Now that’s more like it!
Anyone have better ideas of turning PDFs into a book?
I’d love the know!

Happy New Year!