Samurai Sudoku

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Samurai Sudoku X from the archive…

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Two Samurai puzzles are shown here every week:

– Samurai X (diagonal) puzzles on Tuesdays
– Su Doku Samurai (classic) puzzles on Saturdays

To fully understand how Samurai Sudoku puzzles should be solved, it is strongly recommended that you read Samurai Sudoku rules, instructions and solving suggestions.

In the Samurai Su Dokucategory you will find more kinds of these puzzles, including Killer Samurai Sudoku, Jigsaw Samurai Sudoku and other variants.

Make sure to also check the Main page of this site, because that’s where occasionally other puzzles are posted: Kakuro (Cross Sums), Jigsaw Sudoku, Outside Sudoku, CalcuDoku, Picross (aka Hanjie, Griddlers, Nonograms).

Quick instructions for Sudoku Samurai:
1. All standard Sudoku rules apply.
2. There are 5 interconnected Sudoku grids. Each grid could have more than one solution. However, the whole puzzle does have a unique solution!
3. Numbers cannot be repeated on diagonals. Diagonals are marked by thin grey lines that look like “X”s.
4. Solution can be found by logic alone. No guessing is required!
5. Difficulty levels in increasing order: EASY – COOL – THINKER – BRAIN – IQ – INSANE

Solutions are posted on the Samurai Sudoku Solutions page, on the same day as the puzzle itself.

If you are looking for solutions for Samurai puzzles from The Washington Post, those are also on the Solutions page, or alternatively in the archive.

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  1. dave blevins
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Are you stopping the Sat & Tues Samurai Sudokus on this site?

    (the one showing at 2:00 EST today, 1/3/12, is from last Sat, 12/31/11)

  2. Posted January 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    No, no, no… :) I’m not stopping the bi-weekly Samurai Sudoku puzzles! They will be back on Thursday! Sorry for that, it was a mistake on my end.

    Happy New Year!

  3. dave blevins
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Great, my wife would kill me if you did !!

  4. Dennis Hewitt
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Are you going to skip Tuesday the 3rd? It’s Thursday pm and it’s still not showing up.
    We miss our weekly fix of diagonal samurai’s.

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      I am about to send out a newsletter with the missing Samurai X that was meant to be posted on Tuesday.
      Next puzzle will be posted here on Saturday.

      So, if you want to get the Diagonal Samurai for Tuesday, you should sign up for the newsletter.

  5. L Phelps
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Do you sell samurai x books?

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      No, there have been no books with just Samurai X puzzles, but in every book there are about 20-25 of Diagonal Samurai Sudokus.

  6. david blevins
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I just saw msg #9 about the newsletter and signed up for the newsletter. Will I be getting “tuesday’s” Samurai X or am I too late?

    • Posted January 6, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

      You will be getting the missing Samurai X. Today or tomorrow, it depends on the message server.

  7. Dennis Hewitt
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    Received the Jan 3rd puzzle in the newsletter, thanks.

  8. dave blevins
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I didn’t get the newsletter with the 1/3 puzzle.

  9. Dennis H.
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Today’s is the toughest “cool” I’ve done. I would rate it a bit higher. Actually took me about 2 hours.

  10. Lor
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t get the newsletter with the January 3rd Samurai X puzzle at all.

  11. Posted January 21, 2012 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Lor, I resent it to you. Hope you receive it this time.

  12. Lor
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I did receive the puzzle, thank you.

  13. Thomas Montzka
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the IQ on Jan. 24. Its been a long time since anything harder than cool!

  14. Thomas Montzka
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    We never received Jan. 3.
    Thanks for the IQ Jan. 24. Its been a long time since anything harder than cool.
    Joanne and Tom Montzka

  15. T
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    hi im trying to get the solution for January 28 or February 5 2012. i forgot to download it. thanks

  16. Mike
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Can I get the solution to the 29 Jan Samaurai Soduku in the Washington Post.

    • Posted February 22, 2012 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      Sure Mike, the solutions to Samurai Sudoku puzzles from The Washington Post are in the archive.

  17. Abraham
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks for trying to describe the terminlogy for the starters!

  18. Bill
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I was looking to see if you were still going to offer the “samurai sudoku X” puzzles weekly. I also wanted to know if you had a book of just “samrai sudoku X” puzzels.
    I really enjoy them.

    • Posted April 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      Bill, Diagonal Samurai Sudoku are still published (almost) every week. Occasionally, just occasionally, a Jigsaw Samurai Sudoku slips in instead, but that’s very rare. So don’t worry, Samurai X will still be published! :)

      Unfortunately there is not a book of JUST Samurai X, but there are some with quite a few of those puzzles.

  19. Paul
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Is it my imagination, or can the middle puzzle of the April 17 Samurai Sudoku only be solved by guessing where the 1, 2 and 6 go?

    • Posted April 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      Paul, my puzzles never require guessing. So, lets see…

      The 5 constituent sub-puzzles of a Sudoku Samurai puzzle cannot be (in general) solved individually. I hope you were not attempting to do that. :) If you solved the other 4 and were left with the middle and couldn’t solve it, perhaps it’s because it’s a Diagonal Samurai? Also, there is always a possibility that you made a mistake in one of the other 4 sub puzzles which prevented you from solving the fifth.

      Anyway… if you still need assistance, please send me your progress so far and I’ll try to help you out.


  20. jan
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    is there some where to purchase the X sudoku (high fives) like doing them an would love some books to have for my long hospital stays ..thank you

  21. enxio27
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Is there any way I could get last week’s Samurai puzzles (3 July and 7 July)? I was out of town with no computer access.

  22. Georgi Hart
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    cannot reach the solution for today’s samurai…, I get the German puzzle page.. HELP!!!

  23. Dan
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Is it possible to publish Killer samurai Sudoku puzzles on your website please.

  24. Tom
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Are you discontinuing the Samurai X puzzles? The last two Tuesdays have been a Jigsaw samurai. My wife and I look forward to the Samurai X puzzles providing they are a THINKER – BRAIN – IQ – INSANE.
    Too many of the ones you publish are either EASY or COOL.

    • Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tom, no, I’m not discontinuing Diagonal Samurai puzzles! :) I just thought it would be a nice change to have a couple of Jigsaws… next week Samurai X are back! :)

  25. Paul
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    The one thing I’ve never seen is a Level 5 Samurai Sudoku puzzle in the Washington Post comics section. Now that would be fun to see. :)

  26. Dan
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    When will Samurai Killer Sudoku puzzles appear on the website?

  27. John
    Posted November 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I can no longer see the Samurai Sudoku puzzle on Saturday. I tried liking it on my facebook account (even though I personally HATE facebook). And I tried unliking it and liking it again. Still no luck. Any other suggestions?

    • enxio27
      Posted November 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      That’s because it’s not there. Either he forgot to post the latest puzzles on both the Samurai and the puzzle archive, or his system crashed, or something. They’re simply not there.

    • enxio27
      Posted November 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      That’s because it’s not there. Either he forgot to post the latest puzzles on both the Samurai and the puzzle archive, or his system crashed, or something.

  28. Alisa
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I have enjoyed coming to your website for years, and have purchased at least half a dozen books of yours. Even though there are weeks where I don’t print a puzzle (I don’t like tridoku/hitori/straights/calcudoku/hidoku), I faithfully still check every day, minutes after I know the day’s new puzzle will be posted.

    I must say however, that this new Facebook setup is terrible. I can even get past the annoyance of “liking”, but the fact is that the puzzles aren’t even showing up for me, and I am not finding a way to “unlike”, as suggested.

    In addition to that, I now also have to check my Facebook settings as I don’t want endless postings from my Facebook account being sent to friends or even showing up on my wall.

    I will still visit your page, but I don’t know how long for if the puzzles don’t even appear.

    A sad day indeed, but thanks for sudoku variant puzzles that I have enjoyed over the years!

  29. Conni Smith
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Are there any plans to make another Non-Consecutive Sudoku Compendium book, I just love the first one.

    • Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Conni, in a few other books I’ve already published some non consecutive sudoku puzzles. For example, have you tried Outside sudoku book? I always publish many Outside non consecutive sudokus in them! :)

    • Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Conni, in a few other books I’ve already published some non consecutive sudoku puzzles. For example, have you tried Outside sudoku book? I always publish many Outside non consecutive sudokus in them! :)

  30. Georgi Hart
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    As a non-Facebook person who goes to a frined’s house to use her computer, not being to able to access the puzzles for thirty minutes of every hour makes it impossible for me to continue to enjoy your website.

  31. Donna Miller
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    It seems like every other samurai for the past couple months has been easy. I would think most of us would need the middle difficulty puzzles, not the easy or the IQ.

    Love the variety of puzzles you have on your site. Especially like the “new” outside types, the consecutive & nonconsecutive puzzles, and the odd/evens although they are a bit on the easy side, too.

  32. Glenn Marcus
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t find a “like” button and I’m not on Facebook. Suggestion: clicking on the puzzle implies a “like”. Why don’t you just make it an automatic “like”?

  33. Pat Bailey
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Hey! Many thanks for the Level 5 Sudoku puzzle in the Washington Post. I plowed through it (although sometimes I get stuck on the level 3). I do wish you would print more of them (level 5). They are so rare!

    • Posted March 25, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment, Pat and well done on solving a level 5! :) I also prefer difficult puzzles, but most people prefer moderate difficulty. So we try to please everybody, which is not always so easy.

      Anyway, in my samurai sudoku books there are many puzzles which are of a higher difficulty, so you might want to try there.


  34. Paul
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the Level 5 Samurai Sudoku in the Washington Post over the weekend! First one I’ve ever seen – hope to see more!

    • Posted March 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      You are welcome Paul! Glad you enjoyed it – and you are not alone! :) Will try to offer more challenging ones more often…

  35. Posted June 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Can’t find the solution to the weekly puzzle published on June 8, 2013.

    C. E. Watkins

  36. Gil from Springfield
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Are you ever going to start posting the current solutions for the Washington Post Samurai puzzles again? The solution has been for the same puzzle for the past five months or more.

    • Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      I’m puzzled. When I access the solution to Sudoku Samurai from The Post I get the one which was published on Sunday. So it seems like it’s some caching issue. Try forcing reload in your browser (something like SHIFT+reload should work).

  37. Krisitn
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    PLEASE do more puzzle books like the “Samurai Sudoku Compendium: 100 difficult puzzles of various kinds” you did just recently. I really enjoyed this one. I also would love if you did an entire book of the Samurai Sudoku greater than/less than puzzles.

    • Posted September 14, 2013 at 1:41 am | Permalink

      Hi Kristin, thank you for your message. A new volume of Samurai Sudoku variations will be published – probably in May 2014. Stay tuned for updates. :)

      A book of just Samurai greater/less is not planned. Will take your suggestion into consideration. :)

      Thanks again and I’m glad you enjoy my sudoku books! :)

  38. Norma
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Enough with the Easy puzzles! We can get those in the daily newspaper. Let’s have more challenges. Thank you.

  39. Posted December 15, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    When I cklicked “like”, I still didn;t get the puzzle, either on Samurai sudoko or killer sudoku page. Came back at 15 minutes past the hour and it still needs me to “like” the page and doesn’t download when I do

    • Posted December 15, 2013 at 1:22 am | Permalink

      Update 9.20 pm; can now get puzzles (your clock is set wrongly?) Can’t get the archive, however, at either time

  40. Carl Finney
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    I love this site. I’m a Samurai Sudoku addict. However, I’ve Facebook liked the site in the past and again tonight, but no puzzle. I waited for the first 20 minutes of the hour, but no puzzle. So sad :(

  41. Carl Finney
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, guess I needed to post a comment. The puzzle showed up after I posted the last. Still the absolute best puzzles on the OInternet.

  42. Lucette Chapelle
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Why this sudoku is the same as last week ?

    Posted January 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t seen the Samurai’s since last Tues. Hope all is okay and this is not the end of them.

  44. david blevins
    Posted February 1, 2014 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Thanx for the 2/1 puzzle, except the solution link get us this:

    “We cannot complete this request, remote data was invalid”

    • Posted February 2, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Thanks for letting me know! The solution to this INSANE puzzle is now available! :)

  45. Mary Ann Craft
    Posted February 7, 2014 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Why aren’t the solutions to the February 2,2014 solutions printed on Tuesday in the Washington Post as the info said it should? I’ve always been able to get them before. Mary Ann Craft.

    • Posted February 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      The solutions are actually there… not sure why you can’t find them :(

  46. KD McKenney
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    why have you stopped posting new Samurai Sudoku puzzles? you’ve had the same one up for about 3 or 4 weeks now???

  47. Barry McCoy
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Have you stopped the samurai Sudoku puzzles on Tues. and Sat.? The same puzzle has been there since January. If two days a week is too much, would you consider one day a week to increase your time for other things? I enjoy your puzzles very much, especially the easy and cool ones, and hope you will continue.
    FYI — I do not subscribe to any of the social network sites, so never could “like” the puzzles.

    • Posted February 19, 2014 at 1:13 am | Permalink

      Hi Barry, did you get the latest newsletter? :)

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