This puzzle is essentially a Latin square with addition. All you really need to know is how to add single-digit numbers, although subtraction is also useful. Once you’ve spend a few minutes sorting out which numbers mean what, you’re ready to start puzzling!
Can you figure out the rules from the solved puzzle?
- getting started
- classroom demonstration
- 4×4 puzzles (and solutions, just in case)
- 5×5 puzzles (and solutions)
- 6×6 puzzles (and solutions)
- puzzles in three sizes
Once you’ve mastered these, you might enjoy creating your own puzzles: just start with the tick and X-marks, work out the sums, then decide how many of the sums to give as clues.
I think this puzzle was invented by Otto Janko. Check out his website for this and many other intriguing games.
Here is another on-line Kakurasu generator. Although the site is in Polish. it’s pretty self-explanatory!