Picture sudoku

by Eszter Hargittai on October 21, 2005

Do you like to play sudoku? Do you prefer images over numbers? You may for this game. Picture sudoku lets you choose images from photo-sharing site Flickr with which to fill your sudoku puzzle. You can specify the tag and/or the user whose images you want to integrate into the game.

Chicagoland sudoku (with just my photos)
turtle sudoku (with everyone’s photos)
long-shadow sudoku (with everyone’s photos)
chocolate sudoku (with everyone’s photos)

As you can see, the possibilities are endless.

The game also gives you a “blank” with which to erase placement of photos. If you are intrigued by a picture and want to see it in full size on Flickr then just click on the asterisk next to its name in the left-hand column.

Have fun!




Jeremy Osner 10.21.05 at 3:03 pm

I haven’t quite figured out yet, whether Sudoku is fun. I worked my way through about a book’s worth of them a few weeks ago and I kind of get the point, but it seems like mostly I was just able to solve them or not able to — there wasn’t any middle ground where there was a real challenge. Once in a while I would hit on a new solving rule which was kind of fun when it happened — but I can’t really imagine that continuing to happen with any regularity over a long period of working the puzzles.

I was looking for there to be a kind of chess-like (or “paint by numbers”-like) thing on the harder puzzles, where I would make a putative entry mentally and then work ahead to try and find a contradiction; but could not seem to get it to work out.


Steve Reuland 10.21.05 at 10:25 pm

Thanks for the new addiction. I really needed that. Really.


John Quiggin 10.22.05 at 2:04 am

Definitely more of a time sink than numbers! Not sure whether to say thanks or not – do bloggers need time sinks?


Becky 10.22.05 at 9:10 am

Heheh, I apologise if it’s too much of a time sink. ;-)

Becky (the inventor of Flickr Sudoku)


ogmb 10.24.05 at 1:15 am

I’m wondering — Are computer algorithms good at solving those puzzles?


Jeremy Osner 10.24.05 at 9:19 am

I am pretty sure that “being solvable by algorithm” is a requirement for a valid Sudoku puzzle.

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