Sudoku can be addictive

From the articles below, we can conclude that solving Sudoku puzzles can be very addictive.

Sudoku in Court

Newspaper article from the Sydney Morning Herald:

"After 105 witnesses and three months of evidence, a drug trial costing $1 million was aborted yesterday when it emerged that jurors had been playing Sudoku since the trial's second week."

"In the District Court in Sydney, Judge Peter Zahra discharged the jury after hearing evidence from two accused men, one of their solicitors and the jury forewoman, who admitted that she and four other jurors had been diverting themselves in the jury box by playing the popular numbers game."

Will sudokuholism be the latest excuse to avoid jury duty?

Widow Has To Remove Sudoku Image From Headstone

Found at Daily Mail from October 21, 2013

sudoku vermeld op grafsteen

When retired mathematician Allan Robinson passed away after a battle with cancer, his grieving family chose an epitaph that he would have heartily approved of – a Sudoku puzzle and equation.

It did not take long, however, before zealous officials on the parish council had formed their own rather bizarre opinion of the gravestone.

They ordered Mr Robinson’s widow Angela to remove the highly personal engravings because they are ‘contrary to guidelines for headstone inscriptions’.

Widow Angela Robinson is furious that Farndon Parish Council, Cheshire, has ordered that the Sudoku puzzle engraving on her husband Allan's headstone be removed

And despite the tasteful – not to mention cerebral – nature of the designs, the council said the stone has to be changed so that standards at the graveyard are ‘kept high for the benefit of all’.

Mrs Robinson, 67, who was married to her late husband for 44 years, said: ‘What really got to me was they said we were lowering standards of the burial site. Well, that’s just not true.

‘The engravings aren’t offensive at all; we’re talking about a three inch square puzzle and a small numerical equation. It’s about honoring my husband’s memory.’

Mr Robinson was a Sudoku fanatic, completing puzzles every day, while the equation was taken from his PhD thesis, which he dedicated to his wife in the early years of their marriage. Mrs Robinson’s son, Paul, 40, added: ‘It is a very personal memorial that surely is not causing any harm, regardless of petty rules. Jobs worth springs to my mind.’

Allan Robinson's family, including son Paul and wife Angela, pictured together, have been ordered to remove Sudoku engraving commemorating the 66-year-old, pictured right, who died last year

Mr Robinson, who worked for oil giant Shell in a research laboratory, died aged 66 in May last year, following a battle with lung cancer. He was buried in the cemetery at Farndon, near Chester, where the couple lived, and the gravestone was put up in November.

But this August Mrs Robinson received a call from the parish council to say a spot check of graves had revealed her husband’s tombstone did not comply with their guidelines. Then last month she was sent the letter ordering her to remove the engravings altogether.

Suzi Pollard, clerk to the parish council, said the stonemason had failed to submit a draft copy of the proposed headstone inscription to the council before it was erected, and asked for it to be changed.

To add insult to injury, the letter wrongly referred to Mr Robinson as ‘Mr Allen’.

Mrs Robinson, who has two children and four grandchildren, said there are other graves with unusual engravings, such as animals and football crests. ‘Until the others are removed as well I’m going to refuse to change Allan’s grave,’ she said.

Mr Robinson added that his family would be prepared to go to court to keep the existing headstone.

School bus driver sacked for Sudoku

A bus driver has been sacked after being caught on camera doing a Sudoku puzzle while driving children to school. He was captured balancing a puzzle book on his steering wheel in a picture taken by a pupil on a mobile phone, reports Metro.

The employee was also seen filling in the answers with a pen while traveling in early morning traffic, according to the 12-year-old snapper.

"When I saw the photo I was really shocked," said the boy's mother who blew the whistle on the driver taking pupils to Ferndown Upper and Middle schools in Dorset.

"Not only was he driving, he also had children on the coach and was responsible for their safety. "It wasn't ever our intention that the driver should lose his job but we wanted to draw it to the company's attention to make sure it never happened again."

The driver, who has not been identified, was dismissed after Cavendish Liner Coach Company launched an investigation.

Cindy Lalani, business manager at Ferndown Upper School, said: "We feel that the bus company took prompt action, which we are very happy with.