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Quiz: Kakuro Puzzles
by Staff
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?

  • The grids are always nine cells wide by nine cells long.
  • The clues given are sums.
  • You can’t repeat a digit within a designated group of cells.

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

  • top row and middle column
  • bottom row and leftmost column
  • top row and leftmost column

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

  • two
  • three
  • four

Which of the following is true?

  • All kakuro puzzles have one unique solution.
  • It is possible for some kakuro puzzles to have more than one solution.
  • All kakuro puzzles have more than one solution

Which groups tend to be easier to solve?

  • groups of fewer boxes
  • groups on the left side of the board
  • groups on the top half of the board

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

  • bachelor numbers
  • cross numbers
  • cross addition

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

  • None; It’s impossible.
  • one
  • two

Where was kakuro first published?

  • an American magazine in 1950
  • a Japenese newspaper in 1980
  • a British journal in 1990

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

  • None; it’s impossible.
  • one
  • two

What is the name of Japanese company that popularized kakuro?

  • Nikoli
  • Maki Kajii
  • Konami