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Who invented Sudoku?

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Howard Garns, a freelance puzzle creator, invented Sudoku in 1979, although he called it "Number Place." Similar puzzles were prevalent dating back to the 18th century in Switzerland and later in France.

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Although the game was invented in Connorsville, Indiana, it first appeared in Japan and grew in popularity, before it was renamed Sudoku. A judge from New Zealand named Wayne Gould discovered the game while in Tokyo and developed a computer program that produced Sudoku puzzles. In 2004, The Conway, a New Hampshire paper, started featuring Sudoku, and the puzzle's popularity has grown exponentially in the United States and around the world ever since.

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