Quiz: Kakuro Puzzles

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About This Quiz

Puzzle fanatics who can’t get enough sudoku and crosswords have turned to kakuro to sate their thirst for a more challenging puzzle. Show us what you know about the game in our quiz.

Which of the following is a feature that kakuro and sudoku have in common?

Similar to sudoku, kakuro has a rule that you cannot repeat a digit within a designated vertical or horizontal group of cells. Only do sudoku grids have to be nine cells by nine cells large, and only in kakuro are the clues sums.

In a typical kakuro grid, which row and column are usually shaded and are not for filling in answers?

The top row and leftmost column are usually shaded and contain many of the “clues.”

How many solution sets exist for the problem “9 in three” (a clue of 9 in three boxes)?

Three solution sets are possible: 2, 3, 4; 1, 3, 5; 1, 2, 6. Note that 3, 3, 3 can’t work due the no repeat rule.

Which of the following is true?

Strictly speaking, it is possible to design a kakuro puzzle with more than one solution. However, these are generally considered to be poorly designed.

Which groups tend to be easier to solve?

Groups made up of fewer boxes tend to be easier to solve because they tend to have have fewer solution sets.

Which of the following is the closest English translation for the Japanese name “kakuro?”

Kakuro is an abbreviated version of two words: Kasan Kurosu, the Japanese word for “addition” and the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “cross.”

How many solution sets exist for the problem “40 in six?”

No solution is possible.

Where was kakuro first published?

The American Dell Magazines first published kakuro in 1950. Decades later, it grew in popularity in Japan and eventually the United States.

How many solution sets exist for the problem “36 in eight?”

One solution set is possible: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

What is the name of Japanese company that popularized kakuro?

Nikoli, the same company that popularized sudoku, also was responsible for lifting kakuro out of obscurity.

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