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79-year-old Kelowna YouTuber isn't slowing down, continues captivating audiences with sudoku tutorials

Robin Jarman, the Suduko Guy on Youtube, has capitated online audiences for the last seven years.
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An 79-year-old Kelowna native with a long-time passion for sudoku puzzles doesn’t plan on stopping his popular YouTube channel anytime soon.

Robin Jarman, known as the Sudoku Guy on YouTube, has amassed more than 85,000 followers on his channel which he has been updating regularly for the last seven years. With more than 140 videos, the tutorials have been watched millions of times.

Jarman recently moved to Adelaide, Australia to be with family but called the Central Okanagan home for decades. The former music and geography teacher fell in love with the Japanese puzzle while travelling the world as a professional tour guide after he retired from teaching.

“I discovered you didn’t have to know math at all, it’s all logic… I got hooked as it were,” he said. “There was very little happening in the world of sudoku in those days, it was just starting in New Zealand and it went to Australia and New England.”

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Tutorial #87. Beginners Delight. A difficult puzzle made easy

At the time, there were only a few academics teaching the puzzle so he decided to create lessons that were easy to understand but had no expectation he would spend the next seven years creating videos.

His tutorials range from beginner to expert. Videos are filmed, edited and uploaded himself with the occasional hand from his partner who assists with the video work.

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Both of his children are living in Australia now so he decided to follow them in June, 2021.

“I love water so we purchased something that’s overlooking the sea this time,” he said, adding his former home overlooked Okanagan Lake.

While he will no longer be conducting one-on-one Zoom teaching sessions since he can't keep up with the sheer number of requests, he doesn’t plan to slow down with his monthly videos anytime soon.

Ads on the videos contribute to some income, but he said “it’s a side-line income.”

For beginners, he recommends watching the first videos in his series to learn the first steps to sudoku.

“The more you play, the more you discover. I do a sudoku puzzle pretty well every day,” he said.

More people are stuck at home due to the pandemic, so it’s a great time to explore the puzzles, he said.


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