Hipster PDA Sudoku

This page is part of the Netninja.com Hipster PDA tem­plates. For more tem­plates see the index of Hipster PDA pages. For details about how I use these tem­plates in my every­day life, look for posts tagged “hip­ster­pda.”
The blank Sudoku grid was one of my first tem­plates.  It has gone through sev­eral revi­sions, both with and with­out light “guess num­bers” in each square.


This is a card with a blank Sudoku grid on the front and back. After print­ing, fill it with puz­zles from your favorite source. I use Sharpie mark­ers to make the “pre-printed” num­bers good and bold.

Download, 2.75″: sudoku.pdf

I am dis­cov­er­ing that many con­sumer print­ers just won’t han­dle fairly exact print­ing. Based on how the paper in the paper tray is aligned, how much paper is in the paper tray, local fluc­tu­a­tions in grav­ity, the phase of the moon, and your state of mind, con­sumer print­ers can be as much as 1/8 to 1/4 inch off. This means that the above tem­plate really won’t work too well unless you are really care­ful. Although the pat­tern itself is per­fect, print­ing double-sided does not always work out right, with the fronts and backs being mis­aligned so much that you end up slic­ing off part of a grid. I have revised the blank Sudoku grid to a 2.5″ square (as opposed to the 2.75″ square, above), which fits on a 3x5” card with enough mar­gin for printing/cutting error.

Download, 2.5″: sudoku-2.5inch.pdf


This card is exactly the same as the above one, except that there are faint num­bers, from 1 to 9, in each grid space. Some peo­ple have found that this card works slightly bet­ter than the plain sudoku card. If you know that a num­ber is specif­i­cally not in a given square, you can lightly cross it out. When you finally know the actual num­ber for the square, you can write it in with a stronger pen stroke.

Download: sudoku-numbers.pdf


This is a slightly dif­fer­ent take on the above “num­bers” card, with the numer­als 1..5 along the top edge of each square and 6..9 along the bot­tom edge. They are kind of dif­fi­cult to see in the pre­view image, but they are there. It is the same con­cept as the above “Sudoku-Numbers” card, but a slightly dif­fer­ent style. You can either cross off the num­bers that are cer­tainly not in a given square or cir­cle the num­bers that are, depend­ing on your style.

Download: sudoku-numbers2.pdf

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