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SUDOKU



LEVEL A.2 - B.1

 

Sudoku: a marketing disaster?

What is Sodoku? A publishing company which is called Nikoli introduced the puzzle in Japan in 1984. Sudoku (pronounced sue-do-koo) means 'Sūji wa dokushin ni kagiru' which can be translated as 'the numbers must be single'.

The marketing disaster?, Sudoku became a very popular puzzle in the UK at the beginning of 2005. All of the most popular daily newspapers have Sudoku puzzles. And now a television company, which is called 'Sky One', has a TV quiz show, 'Sudoku'.

Here is a promotion from June 2005. 'Sky One' was promoting its new TV quiz show,

 

The World's Largest Sudoku Puzzle: Win £5000!

You can see the world's largest Sudoku Puzzle on a large hill in the UK, near a town called Chipping Sodbury. It is 84 metres across, and 'The Guinness Book of Records' say it is 'The World's Largest Sudoku Puzzle'.

You can win £5,000 if you complete this difficult puzzle!

 

sudoku

 

But this publicity event went wrong when people saw that the puzzle had 1,905 correct solutions! Or maybe Sky One wanted as many people to complete the puzzle as possible. What do you think?

Can you complete it? Have a go! There are almost 2,000 solutions, but it is still very difficult. Use the grid below to help you,

 

sudoku

 

How to play: the rules of Sudoku. The goal is to put numbers in the empty boxes in the 9x9 grid so that each column, row, and each 3x3 square has the numbers 1-9 ONLY once.

A possible solution. To find one possible solution, highlight the puzzle and then shade it grey. (Przykładowe rozwiązanie. Aby otrzymać przykładowe rozwiązanie, zaznacz siatkę i zmień tło na szare).

 

Language notes:

 a column

  • The Excel® spread sheet has 12 columns, A to L.
  • The soldiers stood in 15 columns.

to go wrong

  • Everything went wrong in my exam.
  • Why didn't you enjoy the party? What went wrong?

a grid/s

  • A chess board is a grid of 64 squares, 8x8.
  • Alonso is on the front row of the grid at this weekend's F1 race.

a large something (larger, the largest)

  • I live in a very large apartment block.
  • My flat is larger than yours but Marcin's flat is the largest.

a marketing disaster/s

  • We made a mistake when we cut the price of our product. It was a marketing disaster.
  • The marketing disaster cost the company over $3 million dollars.

to promote something

  • The compant is promoting its New produkt on TV.
  • How can we promote the product this Christmas?

a publicity event.

  • For the publicity event, the company invited David Beckham and his wife.
  • The publicity event went wrong when the photographer didn't arrive.

to publish something

  • The company will publish its sales results next week.
  • The next 'Harry Potter' story will be published in 2007 or 2008.

a puzzle/s

  • Crosswords are my favourite type of puzzle.
  • I finished the Sudoku puzzle in 30 minutes.

a row/s

  • I sat in the back row of seats at the cinema.
  • The Excel ® spread sheet has 12 columns, A to L, and 3 rows.

a rule/s

  • The 'offside rule' in football is difficult to understand.
  • The company has a rule about casual clothes on Fridays.

a solution/s (to a puzzle, problem)

  • The solution to the (7 - 3) x 6 is 24. Yes, the solution is 24.
  • Do you know the solution to this problem?

 

 

LEVEL B1.5 - B.2

 

Sudoku: a marketing disaster?

What is Sodoku? The puzzle was introduced in Japan by Nikoli, which is a publishing company specialising in puzzles, in 1984. Sudoku (pronounced sue-do-koo) is an abbreviation of 'Sūji wa dokushin ni kagiru' which can be translated as 'the numbers must be single'.

The marketing disaster. Recently, Sudoku has become a very popular puzzle in the UK. All of the major daily newspapers have Sudoku puzzles and now there is even a TV game show which is based on the Japanese number game.

Here is an advertisement from June 2005 which was on the website of Rupert Murdoch's media group 'Sky' in the UK,

 

The World's Largest Sudoku Puzzle: Win £5000!

Constructed on an enormous hillside near the town of Chipping Sodbury in the UK, the world's largest Sudoku Puzzle is an important piece of public art. Up to a million cars are expected to pass by the giant puzzle which measures 84 metres. The Guinness Book of Records has recognised this as 'The World's Largest Sudoku Puzzle'.

To celebrate this fact, Sky One is offering one lucky Sudoku enthusiast the chance to win £5,000, by solving this particularly difficult puzzle.

 

sudoku

 

However, this publicity event went wrong when it was discovered that the puzzle had 1,905 correct solutions! Or maybe Sky One wanted as many people to solve the puzzle as possible. What do you think?

Can you work it out? Have a go! Although there are almost 2,000 solutions, it is still very difficult. Use the grid below to help you,

 

sudoku

 

How to play: the rules of Sudoku. The goal is to fill in the empty boxes in the 9x9 grid so that each column, row, and each 3x3 square has the numbers 1-9 ONLY once.

A possible solution. To find one possible solution, highlight the puzzle and then shade it grey.

 

Language notes:

an abbreviation/s

  • 'POS' is an abbreviation of 'point of sale'.
  • 'ASAP' is an abbreviation of 'as soon as possible'.

a grid/s

  • A chess board is a grid of 64 squares, 8x8.
  • Alonso is on the front row of the grid at this weekend's F1 race.

a marketing disaster/s

  • We made a mistake when we cut the price of our product. It was a marketing disaster.
  • The marketing disaster cost the company over $3 million dollars.

to measure something

  • The Statue of Liberty measures almost 300 feet high.
  • We must measure how popular the new product is before we invest any more money.

a publicity event.

  • For the publicity event, the company invited David Beckham and his wife.
  • The publicity event went wrong when the photographer didn't arrive.

a puzzle/s

  • Crosswords are my favourite type of puzzle.
  • I finished the Sudoku puzzle in 30 minutes.

a solution/s (to a puzzle, problem)

  • The solution to the (7 - 3) x 6 is 24. Yes, the solution is 24.
  • Do you know the solution to this problem?

to solve something

  • I don't believe it is difficult to solve '(7 - 3) x 6'.
  • Have you solved the communication problem with the key account yet?

to work (something) out

  • I don't believe it is difficult to work out '(7 - 3) x 6'.
  • Have you worked out the communication problem with the key account yet?

 

 

LEVEL C1

 

Sudoku: a marketing disaster?

What is Sodoku? The puzzle was introduced in Japan by Nikoli, a publishing company which specialises in puzzles, in 1984. Sudoku (pronounced sue-do-koo) is an abbreviation of 'Sūji wa dokushin ni kagiru' which can be translated as 'the numbers must be single' or 'the numbers must occur only once'.

The marketing disaster. Recently, Sudoku has become a very popular puzzle in the UK. All of the major daily newspapers have Sudoku puzzles and now there is even a TV game show which is based on the Japanese number game.

Here is an advertisement from June 2005 which appeared on the website of Rupert Murdoch's media group 'Sky' in the UK,

 

The World's Largest Sudoku Puzzle: Win £5000!

Constructed on an enormous hillside near the town of Chipping Sodbury, just off the M4 motorway, the world's largest Sudoku Puzzle is a significant piece of public art. Up to a million cars are expected to pass by the giant puzzle which measures 84 metres across and, with Sudoku mania gripping the nation, The Guinness Book of Records has recognised this as 'The World's Largest Sudoku Puzzle'.

To celebrate this fact, Sky One is offering one lucky Sudoku enthusiast the chance to win £5,000, by solving this particularly fiendish puzzle.

 

sudoku

 

However, this publicity stunt went awry when the puzzle was found to have 1,905 correct solutions! Or maybe Sky One wanted as many people to solve the puzzle as possible. What do you think?

Can you crack it? Have a go! Although there are almost 2,000 solutions, it is still fiendishly difficult. Use the grid below to help you,

 

sudoku

 

How to play: the rules of Sudoku. The goal is to fill in the empty boxes in the 9x9 grid so that each column, row, and each 3x3 square contains the numbers 1-9 ONLY once.

A possible solution. To find one possible solution, highlight the puzzle and then shade it grey.

 

 

Language notes:

an abbreviation/s

  • 'POS' is an abbreviation of 'point of sale'.
  • 'ASAP' is an abbreviation of 'as soon as possible'.

a fiendish somebody/something

  • It was an unethical, fiendish plan to destroy the competitor's new sales promotion.
  • The new CEO is fiendishly clever - I wouldn't like to be his enemy!

a stunt

  • The film 'The Island' is full of senseless stunts.
  • As a publicity stunt, the celebrity took off all his clothes and sang the national anthem on TV.

to go awry

  • The publicity stunt went awry when the celebrity forgot the words to the song.
  • Our sales forecast went awry in July when our main competitor launched a similar product.

 

to crack something (a problem, a code)

We must crack the problem of falling sales before we all pose our jobs!

 








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Lesson 195: LOOKING LEFT, THINKING RIGHT ?
Lesson 194: ENGLISH SPELLING SIMPLIFIED
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Lesson 186: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE CONFERENCE
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Lesson 184: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE GENERATION GAP
Lesson 183: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - WHAT`S THE POINT OF HR?
Lesson 182: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING
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Lesson 177: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - NEW YEAR`S RESOLUTIONS
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Lesson 175: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE COMMUNICATION PLAN
Lesson 174: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - TRAINING OR TRAININGS?
Lesson 173: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - A MATTER OF POLICY
Lesson 172: A LONG COLD WINTER
Lesson 171: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - TOILET TALK
Lesson 170: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE NEW BOSS
Lesson 169: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - ANGER MANAGEMENT
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Lesson 163: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - TO BE OR NOT TO BE (AT WORK)
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Lesson 161: GONE TO THE DOGS
Lesson 160: MEET PETE - E26 - SAVE THE DAY
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Lesson 158: HOLIDAY TIME
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Lesson 154: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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Lesson 143: LANGUAGE REFRESHER – IDIOMS
Lesson 142: DO YOU GET IT?
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Lesson 131: A LETTER TO SANTA
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Lesson 127: USING NEGATIVE QUESTIONS TO PERSUADE
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Lesson 104: DON’T YOU THINK...?
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Lesson 98: Meet Pete - Episode Three - On The Grapevine
Lesson 97: Advertising slogans
Lesson 96: Emphasis!
Lesson 95: Meet Pete – Episode Two – The Secret of Small Talk
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Lesson 92: Meet Pete - Episode one
Lesson 91: Weasel Words
Lesson 90: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
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Lesson 88: Making Predictions
Lesson 87: Tact
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Lesson 83: A dead-end job
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Lesson 68: Caught napping
Lesson 67: Love is in the air
Lesson 66: The power of persuasion
Lesson 65: Winning negotiations
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Lesson 50: Christmas pantomime
Lesson 49: It’s party time!
Lesson 48: Bad Translations
Lesson 47: Proverbs
Lesson 46: Financial Puzzles
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Lesson 42: Tongue twisters
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Lesson 40: Political metaphors
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Lesson 38: Business Wisdom
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Lesson 25: Elements
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Lesson 20: Riddles
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