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Cross sum aka Kakuro puzzles
Kakuro puzzles are a combination of crosswords and sudoku. Whereas in a crossword puzzle the black square represents a block, in kakuro puzzles the black square contains a diagonal line with a number above the line representing the sum (or product) of the numbers across from it and below the diagonal line the number there represents the sum (or product) of the numbers below it.
Kakuro puzzles have a grid similar to crosswords and, like sudoku, use only the numbers 1-9.
Kakuro, and sudoku, may have had their origins in magic squares. A magic square is a square array of integers in which the rows, columns, and diagonals have the same sum. Magic squares are one of the oldest mathematical puzzles and have been known since at least medieval times.
Both sudoku and kakuro may share some history as first put forth by Leonard Eular, a Swiss physicist, in a paper in 1783 showing how to construct magic squares with a certain number of cells. He referred to this as a Latin square because he used Roman numerals.
Sudoku and kakuro puzzles differ from magic squares in that the same sum is not shared across the rows, columns, and diagonals. However, it is not a major leap to consider that both sudoku and kakuro puzzles have some link in history to magic squares due the extensive time period in which magic squares have been known and used.
As with our crossword and Pathway grids, a kakuro puzzle grid is first created then tested to determine if the grid design is successful or needs revision. A kakuro grid may be square, rectangular, triangular, round, or any shape that lends itself to be an interesting (and solvable) puzzle.
The level of difficulty within a grid is determined during its construction. Some kakuro puzzles may seem difficult when one first looks at the grid, but in reality the puzzle may be quite easy. And vice versa.
Here is an example of an easy kakuro puzzle:
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