Timewaster Tuesday: Basic Sudoku

I love puzzles. Therefore for Christmas, the Mothership bought me a Sudoku page-a-day calendar. Since January 1st, I have done a sudoku puzzle a day. I figured, since I’m getting quite good (not that I wasn’t decent before) that I would start a sudoku series here to explain them to anyone who might want to give them a try and to give away my best tips to those who want to improve their sudoku-fu skills.

What is Sudoku?
Sudoku is a logic puzzle. It is not, contrary to popular belief, a number puzzle. The numbers are simply acceptable placeholders, but the puzzles can be solved with letters or symbols just as effectively. The idea of the puzzle is that there are 9 separate objects, and there are 9 sets of these objects arranged in a 3×3 set of 3×3 boxes. In the whole 9×9 box, there cannot be more than one of each symbol in any row or column, and within each 3×3 box there cannot be more than one symbol of each symbol. A completed set looks like this:

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