# Ultimate KenKen Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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Do you slaughter the daily Sudoku grid? Turn crossword puzzles into carnage? See how much you know about one of the newest strategy-based brain teaser games called KenKen.

# Who invented KenKen puzzles?

Japanese math teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto created the first KenKen puzzle in 2004.

# KenKen is similar to what other popular puzzle?

KenKen puzzles are often compared to sudoku puzzles.

# What does the name "KenKen" mean?

<i>Ken</i> means wisdom in Japanese, so "KenKen" roughly translates to wisdom squared.

# Do you need to have a lot of math skills to solve a KenKen puzzle?

Basic arithmetic skills are needed to solve KenKen puzzles.

# What is the name of the computer program that creates KenKen puzzles?

The computer program that creates today's KenKen puzzles is called the Kenerator.

# In which newspaper did KenKen puzzles first appear daily?

The Times (UK) first began publishing KenKen puzzles daily in March 2008.

# Which company began marketing KenKen worldwide?

Nextoy, LLC began marketing the puzzle worldwide in 2008.

# Which was the first American magazine to run KenKen puzzles?

In 2009, Reader's Digest became the first U.S. magazine to publish a KenKen puzzle.

# Which U.S. puzzle guru helped popularize KenKen?

Will Shortz has been the editor of The New York Times' crossword puzzle since 1993.

# What grid sizes are used in KenKen puzzles?

KenKen puzzle grids must be at least 3-by-3 and no larger than 9-by-9.

# What are the outlined boxes within the puzzles called?

The outlined boxes within each KenKen grid are called cages.

# What math function might be specified in each cage?

Each cage might specify the use of addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.

# What is the rule regarding repeating numbers?

Numbers cannot be repeated in any row or column.

# Can there be more than one answer to a KenKen puzzle?

Each puzzle has only one correct answer.

# Which numbers are used to solve a 4-by-4 puzzle?

Numbers one, two, three and four are used to solve a 4-by-4 puzzle.

# KenKen creator Tetsuya Miyamoto runs a popular year-long weekend class that accepts how many students?

Miyamoto's school accepts only the first 20 students who apply.

# What kind of instruction does Miyamoto give his students?

Miyamoto does not give any formal instruction to his students; he believes people learn better by solving puzzles on their own, thus exercising their brains.

# How many puzzles can you play each day at KenKen.com?

There are six new puzzles of varying difficulty each day on KenKen.com.

# Are larger-grid puzzles harder to solve than smaller-grid puzzles?

In general, larger-grid puzzles are harder than smaller-grid puzzles, but that's not always the case.