Renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is about to reveal what he regards as the crowning achievement of his career.
'For centuries humankind has grappled with the mysteries of Sudoku,' Professor Hawking told the Cambridge Puzzlers Conference. 'Now I believe I have uncovered its fundamental secret.'
Professor Hawking is believed to have solved the puzzle while having a pie and pint in the same Cambridge pub where Watson and Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
'It - was - quite - easy - to - solve - with - the - correct - algorithm - and - decent - colouring - pens,' Professor Hawking said. 'Now - the - search - is - on - for - a - solution - to - the - Hypersudoku.'