IELTS SPEAKING PART 2: Describe a (jigsaw, crossword, etc.) puzzle you have played

Describe a (jigsaw, crossword, etc.) puzzle you have played

You should say:

  • What it is like
  • How easy or difficult it is
  • How long it takes you to solve
  • And how you feel about it


I would like to talk about a captivating crossword puzzle that I have played many times. It’s called Sudoku. Sudoku is a type of puzzle in which specific numbers must be arranged within a grid. These missing numbers have to be filled into a 9 by 9 grid of squares which are subdivided into 3 by 3 boxes so that every row, every column, and every box contains the numbers 1 through 9. The aim of this game is to avoid repeating any number in the same row or column.

When I started playing Sudoku, it seemed to be unbelievably challenging. For the next few days, I was totally stuck with it and always made mistakes. I was helpless without any guide, but I was absolutely captivated by this puzzle. After a while, it was not that difficult to come to grips with it.

There are many benefits of playing Sudoku. Firstly, it can hone the concentration skills of players. Since this game requires logical thinking, an interruption can break the train of thought and force players to restart their analysis. So the more puzzles they play, the more absorbed they will be in the puzzle. In addition, Sudoku can help people polish up their problem-solving skills. The need to engage in logical thinking to fill the grid correctly, and the process of trial and error they must apply, will naturally and unconsciously help to develop their problem-solving skills.


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