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What does SUDOKU stand for?

SUDOKU stands for Suji Wa Dokushin Ni Kagiru (Japanese: the digits must remain single; a number puzzle)

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It was not until April 1984, when the puzzle was printed in Japanese magazine Monthly Nikolist that it gained its current name - an abbreviation of the Japanese suji wa dokushin ni kagiru, meaning 'the numbers must be single'.