You may also like

problem icon

Prime Magic

Place the numbers 1, 2, 3,..., 9 one on each square of a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows and columns add up to a prime number. How many different solutions can you find?

problem icon

Domino Magic Rectangle

An ordinary set of dominoes can be laid out as a 7 by 4 magic rectangle in which all the spots in all the columns add to 24, while those in the rows add to 42. Try it! Now try the magic square...

problem icon

Fifteen

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Difference Sudoku

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

By Henry Kwok
Sudoku puzzle

Rules of Difference Sudoku


Like the standard Sudoku, the object of the puzzle is to fill the whole $9 \times 9$ grid with numbers from $1$ to $9$, so that each row, each column, and each of the nine $3 \times 3$ squares contain all nine digits.

There are special clue-numbers placed on the border lines between selected pairs of adjacent squares of the grid. Each clue-number is the difference between the two numbers in the adjacent squares.

For example, a clue-number $7$ on the border line between two adjacent squares means that the possible pairs of numbers for the squares on either side must be one of the following combinations: $1$ and $8$, $8$ and $1$, $2$ and $9$, or $9$ and $2$.

The inequality sign indicates that the number in row 5 column 7 is smaller than the number in row 5 column 8.


As this variant has only one inequality sign on the border line, it is called Minimal Difference Sudoku.
 
A printable version of the problem can be found here.