sci.lang.japan FAQ / 3. Word origins

3.9. What is the origin of the name of the number puzzle "sudoku"?

In Japanese it is written sūdoku (数独). The characters mean "number" () and "single" (doku). It is pronounced like "sue dock". However, the word "sudoku" is not in common use for these puzzles in Japan, and the word sūdoku is actually an invention.

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