Demystifying Those Spreadsheets

Meeting of the Minds

Being a cartoonist means keeping an eye out for trends, fads, etc.  Lately you’re seeing lots of Twitter cartoons. For a while it was a lot of economy cartoons. Tomorrow, who knows?

I’m notoriously bad about catching these early. It wasn’t so long ago that I said to myself, “Hey, there might be some material in Facebook.” Sigh. . .

One trend I did see quickly was Sudoku, thanks, as is so often the case, to my wife. She loves puzzles and adores Sudoku. I tried a few (OK, one) and decided it wasn’t my cup of digits, but it did remind me a lot of an Excel project I was working on. And thus, the cartoon above was born.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website,, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

6 Reactions
  1. Mark,

    This is a #1 hit, that is for sure! You will rule the charts and “cross number puzzles” (?) in the future!

    I have to show this to my father who is an avid sudoku number cruncher! 🙂

    What a punch line: “cup of digits”!

    If you like this game, please read my post from 2005, SUDOKU: THE NEW GLOBAL PUZZLE?, by clicking on “Martin Lindeskog” Says:

    Mark: What’s the URL / embedded code for this cartoon? I want to add it on my site – as a summer greeting to my visitors! 🙂

    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Aw shucks, thanks! Just search for Sudoku at the site and it should pop right up.

  3. Mark,

    OK. I will do that. Thanks.

    All the Best,


  4. Hahaha, good one! I think that’s what makes your cartoons so great, they’re hip and modern takes on real life situations.

  5. “And as you can see, this row has two 4’s in it.”

  6. Cute cartoon. Love the business cartoons.

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