Maki Kaji: Creator of Sudoku succumbs to bile duct cancer

Kaji's demise was confirmed on Tuesday, August 10 by his company based in Tokyo, Japan.

August 20, 2021, 01:08 PM for

The inventor of popular numbers puzzle sudoku, Maki Kaji passed away at the age of 69 after loosing battle to bile duct cancer.

Kaji's demise was confirmed on Tuesday, August 10 by his company based in Tokyo, Japan.

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Lots of Kaji's fans and Sudoku lovers took to their respective social media pages mourning the legend in every manner possible.

Kaji, who is also known as the Godfather of Sudoku came up with the puzzle game with an aim of helping children and other people deal with complex puzzles.

Sudoku, is made of Japanese characters meaning 'number' and 'single', the game is played by placing numbers 1 to 9 in rows, columns and blocks without repeating them.

In a past interview with BBC, said his inspiration was from an American puzzle which he had to rework it and come up with a better version that would be played globally.

"Sudoku is very, very special. The problem is something like Sudoku only comes along once every 100 years." Kaji told the BBC in 2007.

According to reports, Kaji always wanted to own a successful magazine and was not much interested in puzzles.

Kaji also started a puzzled company which he named it Nikoli after winning a race horse. Well, even with his love for racing and betting, he was always keen on his puzzles.

His puzzles were never computerized and created via algorithms but were made individually by his Nikoli staff.

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The company reported that they have managed to win over 200 million people in 100 countries over the years.

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