Ultimate KenKen Quiz
by Staff
Do you slaughter the daily Sudoku grid? Turn crossword puzzles into carnage? See how much you know about one of the newest strategy-based brain teaser games called KenKen.

Who invented KenKen puzzles?

  • Tetsuya Miyamoto
  • Kenneth Kennedy
  • Will Shortz

KenKen is similar to what other popular puzzle?

  • crossword puzzles
  • Jumble
  • sudoku

What does the name "KenKen" mean?

  • nothing
  • double math
  • wisdom squared

Do you need to have a lot of math skills to solve a KenKen puzzle?

  • No math skills are needed, just logic.
  • You need to know algebra.
  • You need to know basic arithmetic.

What is the name of the computer program that creates KenKen puzzles?

  • Kenerator
  • Knumber Kruncher
  • Ken Koder

In which newspaper did KenKen puzzles first appear daily?

  • The New York Times
  • The Times (UK)
  • The Japan Times

Which company began marketing KenKen worldwide?

  • Nextoy
  • Hasbro
  • Mattel

Which was the first American magazine to run KenKen puzzles?

  • Mental Floss
  • Reader's Digest
  • Scientific American

Which U.S. puzzle guru helped popularize KenKen?

  • David Hoyt
  • Bobby Fischer
  • Will Shortz

What grid sizes are used in KenKen puzzles?

  • 3-by-3 to 9-by-9
  • 4-by-4 to 8-by-8
  • 5-by-5 to 9-by-9

What are the outlined boxes within the puzzles called?

  • coops
  • cages
  • corrals

What math function might be specified in each cage?

  • only addition or subtraction
  • only multiplication or division
  • addition, subtraction, multiplication or division

What is the rule regarding repeating numbers?

  • You cannot use any number more than twice in any row or column.
  • Numbers cannot be repeated in any row or column.
  • Numbers cannot be repeated in rows, but they can be repeated in columns.

Can there be more than one answer to a KenKen puzzle?

  • no
  • Yes, each puzzle has two correct answers.
  • Yes, each puzzle has the same number of correct answers as its corresponding number of grids.

Which numbers are used to solve a 4-by-4 puzzle?

  • 0, 1, 2, 3
  • 1, 2, 3, 4
  • 1, 2, 4, 8

KenKen creator Tetsuya Miyamoto runs a popular year-long weekend class that accepts how many students?

  • 5 students
  • 20 students
  • 50 students

What kind of instruction does Miyamoto give his students?

  • He teaches philosophy and logic.
  • He does not teach his students.
  • He teaches his students math and science.

How many puzzles can you play each day at

  • three
  • six
  • nine

Are larger-grid puzzles harder to solve than smaller-grid puzzles?

  • Larger-grid puzzles are usually harder than the smaller-grid puzzles.
  • Yes, the larger the grid, the harder the puzzle.
  • No, size has no relation to degree of difficulty.

Which of the following is NOT a good tip if you're having difficulty solving a KenKen puzzle?

  • Solve cages with an even number of boxes first.
  • Fill in any one-box cages first.
  • Focus on cages with prime numbers because they have a limited number of possible solutions.