February 06, 2022 – 1:57 p.m
A 79-year-old Kelowna native with a long-standing passion for Sudoku puzzles has no plans to shut down his popular YouTube channel anytime soon.
Robin Jarman, known as Sudoku Guy on YouTube, has amassed more than 85,000 followers on his channel, which he has updated regularly for the past seven years. With more than 140 videos, the tutorials have been viewed millions of times.
Jarman recently moved to Adelaide, Australia to be with his family, but has called the Central Okanagan home for decades. The former music and geography teacher fell in love with the Japanese puzzle while traveling the world as a professional tour guide after retiring.
“I discovered that you don’t have to know math at all, it’s all logic… I was sort of hooked,” he said. “Very little was happening in the world of Sudoku back then, it just started in New Zealand and went to Australia and New England.”
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Tutorial #87. Beginners delight. A difficult puzzle made easy
At the time, there were few academics teaching the puzzle, so he decided to create easy-to-follow lessons, but didn’t expect to spend the next seven years creating videos.
His tutorials range from beginner to expert. Videos are filmed, edited and uploaded by himself, with the occasional hand of his partner assisting with the video work.
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His two children are now living in Australia so he decided to follow them in June 2021.
“I love water, so this time we bought something that overlooks the ocean,” he said, adding that his previous home overlooked Okanagan Lake.
While he won’t be doing any more in-person Zoom class sessions due to his inability to keep up with the sheer volume of requests, he doesn’t plan to slow down with his monthly videos any time soon.
Ads in the videos contribute some income, but he said “it’s a side hustle”.
He recommends that beginners watch the first videos in his series to learn the first steps of Sudoku.
“The more you play, the more you discover. I do a pretty good Sudoku puzzle every day,” he said.
More and more people are stuck at home due to the pandemic, so it’s a great time to explore the mysteries, he said.
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