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Help regarding Sudoku Online

Difficulty Scoring

Next to each Sudoku there is number between 100 and a few ten thousand, which is a difficulty rating.

If this number is high, the Sudoku is usually harder to solve.

This rating is calculated as follows: A program solves the Sudoku using a fairly simple solving technique and backtracking.

For each step with the simple method one point is added to the score, for each backtracking step 7 points are added.

To get a feeling what a certain difficulty rating means, you can peek into the Statistics.