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I've bought this on and off since edition 1. It was good then, and if anything is even better now. The variety of logical puzzles is what makes it. I like Sudoku, but after doing a few, I get bored of putting numbers in boxes, and want something else. That's where Beyond Sudoku comes in. In addition to standard Sudoku, it has a few other Sudoku varieties (Samurai, Killer, and others, and also Kakuro), but better still, most of the magazine contains other logical puzzles. Some (like Hanjie, Mosaic and Enigma) result in pretty pictures, which are a lot more pleasing to look at upon completion than a grid of Sudoku numbers, while others (like Hashi, Slitherlink, Labyrinth) form interesting networks of lines and open up whole new avenues of logical deduction. There are a few loosely based on Battleships or Dominoes, or those that bring in colour, inequalities, areas and other things guaranteed to get your mind working. Personally my favourites are Hanjie, Hashi and Slitherlink – but I love having all the others to mix it up. Some of the issues have had Colour Hanjie and Colour Enigma, which form coloured pictures rather than just black and white – these are the best at catching the eye of other people who often come over interested in what you're doing, much more so than it you're just doing a Sudoku, and are the most visually satisfying to complete. The standard is roughly mostly moderate-hard – I've not met any exceptionally extreme hard ones I can't do, and only a few really easy ones – so it's pitched at a good level for a relaxing puzzle with a cup of tea for anyone familiar with logical puzzles, but also accessible for people new to them. The older issues were better at giving more information about how to go about solving the various puzzles, whereas the newer issues remove some of the help and explanation in favour of more room for puzzles and still keep a bit of information. I like logical puzzles more than crossword-type or quiz-type puzzles, and I like a variety, so for me, this is pretty much the only magazine I need! 10/10
Response left on 01 October 2014:
Thank you ever so much for your kind comments. I must admit that, were I not the editor, I'd take out a subscription for Beyond Sudoku immediately!

A decision was made a while back to remove most of the 'how to' sections, in order to make room for more puzzles. On average, there were 75 puzzles in the earlier issues, and now there are approximately 110, which represents nearly a 50% increase. Detailed puzzle instructions and example puzzles are on our website, in the Puzzles A-Z, just in case anyone wants further information.

The success of the magazine is partly down to the talented compilers, who work tirelessly to produce top-notch puzzles. But we'd be nowhere without our dedicated and discerning readers. Once again, we really appreciate the feedback!