KenKen puzzles are a great way for children to gain practice with single digit operations while 3×3 addition and subtraction 3×3 multiplication and division. How to Play Kenken. KenKen is a Japanese paper puzzle by Tetsuya Miyamoto that resembles Sudoku. Some papers even offer 3×3 grids for beginners too. Introduce KenKen(R) puzzles as a classroom cooperative puzzle. . We need 3 x 3, but we also need another number that won’t “spoil” the product: 3 x 3 x 1.

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This may seem like useless information, but it means that the row or column must have its 1, 2, or 3 further down.

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Clicking will place all possible Notes in the square. We need 3 x kenksn, but we also need another number that won’t “spoil” the product: Fill in blank single boxes first. These rules all still apply no matter if you’re playing a 4×4 or a 9×9. So a cage with two boxes labeled “3-” would have to have two numbers that, when subtracted, equal 3, like 4 and 1.

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For difficult Kenkens, erasing possibilities is just as important as finding the right numbers. Click here to share your story.

A wikiHow Staff Editor reviewed this article to make sure it’s helpful and accurate. Want KenKen Ad Free? Use groupings of potential numbers to fill in the areas you’re unsure of. Need even more KenKen? Ken Ken roughly translates to “cleverness-cleverness,” and solving one requires a mix of math skills and general logic.


By knowing you can’t use them in the cage, you also tell yourself that they must be used further down the line. Just click the one you want in the number ring. Each column in a 3 x 3 grid must have the numbers 1, 2, and 3 in it.

Make a note of them for later. Inside eknken the Kenken, there are big, thick lines marking of several boxes at once, with a mathematical equation ex. Each row in a 3 x 3 grid must also have the numbers 1, kenkeen, and 3 in kwnken.

To delete a number or note, press C.

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For those who prefer an Ad-Free playing experience, we have an option for just pennies-a-day and it can be canceled anytime. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Did this article help you? A two must be in the top or bottom — meaning it cannot be in the middle rows. Skip to main content. Every Kenken has some of these “easy” boxes to get you started, such as: Make a note of them, making sure you understand what boxes they cover. Take a two box cage for ” Educational games for kids.

Alternatively, suppose we start with the “9,x” region. Only one of each number in each vertical column. Now, what can we fill in? This means the second box must be a 3, even though you don’t know what order the 1 and 2 are.


Try our mobile app on iPhone and iPad or our Kindle version. These are called cages, and they provide the kwnken and the solution. Find and mark the boxes that only have one potential answer.

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For example, imagine a 4×4 puzzle. You might not know which one goes where, but know that two of those four boxes contain a 2. Every box will be in a cage of some sort.

Give “starter” easy KenKen kenkn to pairs of students. Understand the total sum of each row, and use the current numbers in it, to tackle tricky areas.

Introducing KenKen Puzzles

A “number ring” appears with that grid’s possible numbers. But which square gets the 1 and which gets the 2? This is where Kenken gets its similarity to Sudoku.

This is true for each row. Why are there ads? Miyamoto, chess master David Levy, and the rest of Team KenKen have crafted these math puzzles into great games for learning and brain training.

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