Come on. I mean, why has nobody called The Guardian on this? On Monday it belatedly joined the bandwagon (rolling along merrily with the Times, Telegraph, Independent, Mail and Express already on board) and launched its own version.
And portentously announced “Ours is done by humans – not created by computers.” So how do you tell the difference then? It’s laughable. Organic sudoku! No added preservatives! Each digit lovingly hand-picked from the field of integers below 10 and above 0, frozen before the goodness can leak out and hand-placed in the appropriate square by humans! (Janine Gibson at The Guardian is more honest – calling it “broadsheet bingo”.)
(For those not in the know, sudoku – from the Japanese meaning “excellent way to pass the time while also appearing to be working on something on your desk rather than staring out of the window or at risque sites on the Net” – uses a grid of 9×9, being four grids of 3×3, each with the numbers 1-9. Each number appears only once in each row, column and square. No maths involved, only reasoning.)
And one last thought. Will the Daily Star join the fun with a 4×4 grid?
Update: holy biscuits, even Newsnight is doing an item about it. This clearly means that it’s soooo over. Bets please on which will be the first paper to drop it. (Query: do papers ever drop these things?)
Obnote: watching HHGTTG on TV, post-Newsnight. And there’s Douglas Adams doing a bit part in his own series. Damn. We really need him, more than ever.