# You are currently 1.59 Sudokus away

Instead of measuring queue time at Alton Towers and the Post Office, for example, in hours and minutes, they should do so in Sudokus. My 23 minutes in the queue of the Trafalgar Square Post Office this evening were occupied completing 2.06 Sudokus. The two were the Simple and Medium ones that appear in The London Paper. The extra 0.06 was down to the first four cells being completed of the 66 empty cells of the Difficult one, upon which Cashier Number Eight was free. Given that 37 people that made up the queue on my arival, that equates to 0.056 Sudokus per person in the queue.

Update: Jon is right in his comment, something that I thought about at the time, but didn’t have either the time or the inclination to allow for. Assuming the Simple Sudoku takes 50% less time than the Medium, and the Difficult one takes 50% longer, then my Medium Sudoku took an estimated 14m 28s. So I was 1.59 Medium Sudokus from the front of the queue, as opposed to my estimate of 2.06. Or else 3.18 Simples.

5 Responses to “You are currently 1.59 Sudokus away”

1. Jon Willis on January 31st, 2008 03:30

Dan, this is crazy talk – clearly you can see that one simple Sudoku is not equal to one medium Sudoku.

Some form of weighting has to factored in, maybe based on average times to complete each type of Sudoku.

Otherwise you could be in the embarrassing position of being out-scored by someone completing 4 simple Sudoku compared to less than 1 of the most difficult version.

2. William on January 31st, 2008 05:31

Hasn’t blogging made the world a richer place?

3. Jon Willis on January 31st, 2008 05:51

Yes it has, just not here!

4. Jon Willis on January 31st, 2008 14:30

Before Steve wades in and beats me up, my last comment was definitely a joke, not an insult.

Dan’s site is one of the richest, most diverse, interesting and life-enhancing blogs in the blogosphere , if not the most interesting. (Ok, maybe this is stretching it a little).

Although now I’m worried that it wasn’t Steve that beat me up previously and I’ve just started a fight with Steve.

Sheesh – there’s always something…

5. Steve on January 31st, 2008 20:55

That’s it Willis, outside!