Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Word Sudoku (Qudoku!) Puzzle for Tuesday, 3/17/2009

New Word Sudoku (Qudoku!) Puzzle for Tuesday, 3/17/2009

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. A Christian missionary and a patron saint of Ireland, the man historians believe was first named Maewyn Succat lived around 400 A.D. And he wasn’t Irish! He was a famous missionary to Ireland. And that story about driving out the snakes? There aren’t any snakes in Ireland to speak of—or drive out. So perhaps we should drop the literal translation: after all, all missionaries drive out the evil serpent, don’t they?

Today in America, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate Irish heritage, and to drink (green) beer. I hate that custom of pinching people not wearing green. I’m 100% Irish (by heritage—all my grandparents immigrated from Ireland during the Great Potato Famine); I don’t have to wear green, I am green! (And did you know, that hundreds of years ago, it wasn’t green, but blue, that was associated with the Irish?)

In honor of this day, I present to you three Irish blessings or sayings in the form of Qudoku word puzzles. Solve the three 6x6 Word Sudoku puzzles; use the circled letters in each puzzle to fill in the cells in each quote grid. And may you find a pot of gold at the end of your very own rainbow!

6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle

6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle

6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle

Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled letters contains the letters in the word exactly once
Copy circled letters to the corresponding numbered cell in each quote grid to spell out the three quotes

Solutions in the morning. To learn more about St. Patrick’s unusual story, please check out www.saintpatrickcentre.com/ and http://celticcountries.com/webmagazine/traditions/patrick-patron-saint-ireland/, as well as the usual (and wonderful) Wikipedia citations.


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