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January Sudoku Challenge
Written by Mandorallen
This competition is now concluded. The results will be out shortly.

I received mixed reactions to last month's Sudoku variation. Some readers have been telling me that they found the puzzles with irregular shapes more enjoyable, and others found that the even-odd varieties tend to be easier and more fun. Now, with that in mind, we start off the year with a big bang by pleasing both parties with a Sudoku that is both of these things at once. Be warned, this one is a real challenge!

The prizes are:
* 500,000 gold to the first correct entry;
* 300,000 gold to the second correct entry;
* 200,000 gold to the third correct entry;
* 100,000 gold for all other correct entries.

The solution will be posted in the next edition of Gaardian, along with all the correct posters.

Instructions: "Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every nine-square subsection contains the digits 1 through 9." Furthermore, cells shaded in light blue must contain an even digit, and non-shaded cells must contain only odd digits. There is only one solution to each puzzle. For more information on the original puzzle, visit http://www.sudoku.com/.

The Grid:

(Click the image for an enlarged version of the grid.)

To enter this contest, post your solution to Mandorallen on the Personal board.

This competition is now concluded. The results will be out shortly.

Good luck!

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