We say Thanks Dan

By: 1000 Islands

Volume 18, Issue 3, March 2023

How do you say thanks to a TI Life Team member who has provided 144 Sudoku Puzzles and we hope many more, for us to challenge? I have been thinking about this for several weeks. Finally, I decided the best way would be to say, THANKS Dan, and mean it.

Illustration by our TI Life Illustrator, Marie-Anne Erki, ©2023, Kingston, ON

It was back in June 2015 that Jessy Kahn, a visiting Toronto friend, came with me to visit Dan and Peggy LeKander at their beautiful home on Wellesley Island.  It did not take more than two minutes before Jessy thanked me for inviting her along on the interview, and she quickly asked if she could be the one to write the article about Dan and his recently published book, "“3 Advanced Sudoku Techniques, That Will Change Your Game Forever!” Before long, I was handed a lovely review. And from then on, both Jessy and I were hooked on Dan's sudokus.

TI Life's review of Dan's book by Jesse Kahn published in Jun 2015.

This month Lyne Roberge, whom we instantly recognize as the late Ian Coristine's wife, and our TI Life judge in our Annual Photo Contest in December, heard about my Thanks and she wrote:  

"Our long-time contributor Dan LeKander as you know not only lets us enjoy several monthly Sudoku puzzles that he created (it’s hard enough to do it, I can’t even imagine how one can creates these puzzles!) but helps us with tips to resolve them. I also appreciate the themes or monthly challenges he creates, adding so much more interest. I like how we can truly improve learning a bit more every month.
Dan thank you for the time and effort you are putting into our “monthly fun struggles”! The TILife community is lucky to have you on board, to make our monthly magazine so much more interesting and intriguing, and as my Ian (Coristine) would have said, to keep “raising the bar” and providing our readers with a truly quality product.
If you have not tried one of Dan’s Sudoku, please do! You will find the one that match your experience and learn so much more.
Thank you again Dan for all you do!  

Then author Lynn McElfresh, another longtime team member, added:

Being a writer, everyone assumes that I would be into crossword puzzles. But they’re wrong! I’ve never been a big crossword fan. I still remember when I was first introduced to Sudokus. (It was Christmas of 2005.) Sudokus has been my go-to game to kick back and enjoy. Thanks, Dan for your monthly sudokus.


Do you too want to say thanks? Think you may have missed some?  Have you tried some and have questions? Do you have comments to make about the book or the puzzles? Dan will certainly appreciate hearing from you.  

Dan’s book is still available: “3 Advanced Sudoku Techniques, That Will Change Your Game Forever!” Purchase of a book includes a 50-page blank grid pad, 33 black and two green tokens. The book is available by contacting info@thousandislandslife.com.

Here are links to almost all past Sudoku Puzzle Challenge beginning: February 2016, March 2016, April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017, July 2017, August 2017, September 2017, October 2017, November 2017, December 2017, January 2018, February 2018, March 2018, April 2018, May 2018, June 2018, July 2018, August 2018, September 2018, October 2018, November 2018, December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, June 2019, July 2019, August 2019, September 2019, October 2019, November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, April 2020, May 2020,  June 2020 and July 2020, August 2020,  September 2020, October 2020, November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, March 2021, April 2021, May 2021, June 2021, July 2021 , August 2021, September 2021 ,  October 2021, November 2021, December 2021, January 2022, February 2022, March 2022, April 2022 , May 2022, June 2022, July 2022 , August 2022, September 2022, October 2022, November 2022, December 2022, and January 2023.

So, THANKS Dan. Much appreciated.

Susan W.  Smith, Editor, info@thousandislandslife.com

Posted in: Volume 18, Issue 3, March 2023, Essay

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