Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kakuro Color Coded Cheatsheet FUN for a Happy 2011

It's that time of the year when we write the wrong year on checks, make hard to keep resolutions, and feel we are ready to start everything afresh. The baby 2011 has just arrived and it promises to be a WONDERFUL year! I mean, it starts with 1/1/11, isn't that PERFECT? :)

So here's to an EXCELLENT year for everyone! A 2011 filled with love, joy, prosperity, success, good health, and all the happiness life can bring!

And since I have a few days off, I've used my vacation to feed my Kakuro addiction and made the color coded cheatsheet I've always dreamt of having. I'm sharing it with all Kakuro and Sum Sudoku fans as an addiction feeding gift :) I hope you find it useful, pretty, and easy to use!

UPDATE: Now available as a poster as well AND in three different sizes WOOT! Get it at zazzle, it's awesome and it makes a GREAT gift! :)

See below for a free PDF download and I've also uploaded the cheatsheet as JPG images (click to print large size):

Kakuro Sum Sudoku Color Coded Cheat Sheet Page 1Kakuro Sum Sudoku Color Coded Combinations List Page 2

You can download the PDF here (free download, no registration required, but there's a 20 second countdown wait): Kakuro Sum Sudoku Color Coded Combinations List.

Scroll all the way down and click the Regular Download button. The file is very small (60KB) so ignore all the slow download warnings, it's actually pretty quick once you get past the Captcha.

Free download Kakuro Sum Sudoku Color Coded Cheat Sheet

The list is color coded by total sum and number of cells so it's easy to spot the row I'm looking for. Even numbers are white and odd ones are gray. Lucky unique sums are bolded.

I keep the file open in Facing-Pages View and Alt-tab between my browser and the PDF viewer when I need a sum I can't remember, like those pesky 4 and 5 cells in the 20s :)

I used to use the Kakuro Number list at, and the Always Used feature has come in handy quite a few times, so I've integrated it into this list as well.

The headers mean:
  • ++: Total sum for group of cells
  • ##: Number of cells/squares/boxes
  • Possible: Possible combinations of non repeating numbers for that particular ++ and ##
  • |2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|: The color codes for each number of cells. White is 2 cells, lavender is 3 cells, green is 4 cells, etc...
  • Common: Numbers that appear in every one of the possible combinations. Sum 35 in 7 cells will surely have a 5, for example.
  • Used: All possible numbers from all the combinations. A cell in a group of 2 for sum 6 can only be 1, 2, 4, or 5 for example.
  • Not used: These are in adjacent sums, as they cannot appear in this particular sum. For example, a sum 12 in 4 cells cannot have any cells with 7, 8, or 9 in them.

    Now that you have an easy to use cheatsheet, head over to Puzzles Kingdom and have fun playing Sum Sudoku and Kakuro :)

    ♥ Wishing everyone a blessed 2011, filled with all the good things in life. May you be Happy, Healthy, Loved, Prosperous, and Successful in all your endeavors!

    It's going to be a WONDERFUL year, I can't wait to see the excellent adventures it will bring :)

    To all, a Happy New Year!
    (And if you are looking for colorful gifts, head on over to ::grin:: )

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