Two Brothers Strike Gold with Innovative Sudoku Board Game

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Gold Spike Sudoku - a new deluxe wooden Sudoku board game, was unveiled today by George and James TerBush, founders of the Elverson Puzzle Company. The Sudoku board game features an innovative way to play Sudoku without pencils, paper, and erasing.

When George and James TerBush learned of the Sudoku puzzle craze last year, they immediately began drawing up plans for their Gold Spike Sudoku, a deluxe wooden Sudoku board game they unveiled today. The brothers, who founded the Elverson Puzzle Company, had to overcome a major obstacle - how do you solve Sudoku without pencils, paper, and erasing?

If you are not familiar with Sudoku, it is an addictive number puzzle that is played on a 9x9 grid of squares. Each puzzle starts with some squares already filled with numbers. The object is to fill in the empty squares so that each row, column, and 3x3 block contains all of the numbers from 1 to 9.

"To solve the more challenging Sudoku puzzles, you need to keep track of the possible numbers for each empty square," said James. "If we didn't find a way to do that, our Sudoku board game would not be very useful."

The TerBush brothers devised an innovative method to keep track of the possible numbers. They created a pattern of nine holes in each square on their Sudoku game board. Gold pegs are placed in the holes to represent the numbers 1 to 9. The numerical value of each peg is determined by the hole it is placed into. Upon devising this method, they filed for a patent.

"It has many advantages over other Sudoku board games," said George. "The pegs make it very easy to add and remove possible numbers from the game board. It also allows you to add as many pegs as you need. Since there are no numbers on the pegs, the process of placing them on the game board can be done quickly, and you will never run out of any numbers. This method also allows patterns of numbers to be easily recognized, which is an important strategy in solving Sudoku."

The beauty and craftsmanship of Gold Spike Sudoku is a joy to behold. The large Walnut top game board contrasts nicely with the gold pegs and the numbered wooden game pieces. All of the contents of this Sudoku board game, including the packaging, are made to the highest quality. "Our goal was to make it good enough to be on the Antiques Road Show some day," said George.

Gold Spike Sudoku includes a 12" square wooden game board, 81 large numbered game pieces in a drawstring bag, 200 gold tracking pegs inside a game tin, and a comprehensive instruction booklet featuring 50 Sudoku puzzles by Angus Johnson. Designed for ages 12 and up, the Sudoku board game retails for $34.95. Gold Spike Sudoku is available at

The Elverson Puzzle Company is a maker of award-winning games and puzzles. Founded in 1995, Elverson Puzzle makes the Gold Spike Sudoku Board Game, Jacob's Revenge Bottle Puzzle, Log Stacker Puzzle Box , R.G.B. Round-Up Tile-Matching Game, Dice Stacker Puzzle, Farkle Deluxe Dice Game, and the Texas Bandit Card Game. For more information, visit


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