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By Henry Kwok
The Basic Rules of "Product Sudoku"
Like the conventional Sudoku, this Sudoku variant consists of a
grid of nine rows and nine columns subdivided into nine $3 \times
3$ subgrids. Like the Sudoku Classic, it has two basic rules:
1. Each column, each row, and each box ($3 \times 3$ subgrid) must
have the numbers 1 to 9.
2. No column, row or box can have two squares with the same
The puzzle can be solved with the help of the numbers in the top
parts of certain squares. These numbers are the products of the
digits in all the squares horizontally and vertically adjacent to
A Short Demonstration
The square in the top left corner of this Sudoku contains the
number 20. 20 is the product of the digits in the two adjacent
squares, which therefore must contain the digits 4 and 5. The 5
cannot go in the cell below the top left hand corner because 5 is
not a factor of 96 (the product shown in the third cell down on the
left hand side of the puzzle). Therefore 5 must be entered into the
cell to the right of the cell containing 20 and 4 in the cell
A word document containing the problem can be found here
, with an
explanation for classroom use.