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Sudoku Help - Puzzle creation options

Here's a page from the extensive help system for Sudoku Dragon. It is available as a help screen when running the program. To get the full picture Download our Sudoku Dragon and see the screen in its proper context.

We offer a great deal of choice when generating a new Sudoku puzzle for you to solve. Some other solvers offer no options at all.

You can select whether you want to generate a new unique Sudoku for you using File | Generate New. It generates a brand new one each time - and as there are billions to choose from, you aren't going to get the same one next time. Alternatively you can download a Sudoku puzzle from our Web Site, this lets you play the same game as other people and you can use the discussion boards on our web site to discuss your experiences of solving it. Use the File | Download New... command to download a new puzzle including the current daily puzzles.

If you want a blank grid so that you can use Sudoku Dragon to solve a puzzle printed in a newspaper or magazine you can create a new puzzle with the File | New Blank... or toolbar button. After you have copied in the square allocations you should immediately save the game using File | Save as that sets the initial grid to use when you restart the game later on.

We support a range of grid sizes, by far the most often used is the standard 9 x 9 grid. The smaller grid sizes from 4 x 4 up to 8 x 8 are useful for learning the basics of Sudoku. Larger grid sizes are possible too, but 16 x 16 and 20 x 20 are the super-sized ones that we offer as a challenge for the dedicated puzzle solver.

Each generated game supports a number of variants: Standard; Include a stripe; Diagonal; Hidden word; Chinese; Symbol; Jigsaw and Samurai versions.

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