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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

• 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

### 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

• Nikoli
• Maki Kajii
• Konami
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