Soap Stars

Posted 17 May, 2013

Curling up on my sofa at the end of a busy week last February, I was pleasantly surprised to see our own magazine featured in Coronation Street (just before turning over to watch something much more highbrow, you understand). In this exciting episode (I'm sure you'll remember), Roy Cropper is seen finishing off a Tatami and starting a Sudoku while his mother, Sylvia, complains about the local casino.

'There's more to life than silly maths problems,' she blurts out at him, when she realises she doesn't have his full attention.

'I'm sorry but at times of stress I find comfort in the security of numbers,' Roy replies, before returning to the puzzle to scribble in a few more digits.

This inspires Sylvia to come up with a cunning and 'brilliant' plan. If Roy could reapply his mathematical ability to card counting, this might just give him the 'edge' needed to win back all the money she lost at blackjack in an earlier episode.

I should point out here that neither Sudoku nor Tatami require mathematics to be solved. They are both pure logic puzzles. But we can't let that get in the way of a good storyline. So, the two trot off to the casino and after some cool calculations they walk out with the dough. (Those puzzles aren't looking so 'silly' now, are they, Sylvia?)

The moral of this story (if there is one) must be that Sudoku skills will make you rich! If only! Alternatively, you might believe the programme shows Sudoku enthusiasts have agile minds and that this is a good thing. (Well, I think so anyway.)

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