A former investment banker has become an unlikely YouTube sensation by posting videos solving difficult sudoku puzzles.
46-year-old Simon Anthony decided to take a risk and quit his job at a London investment bank to solve Sudoku puzzles on YouTube.
The early webcam videos in which he detached Sudoku from his guest room in Reigate, Surrey, were viewed around 100 times.
But three years after the channel's launch, Anthony has become a viral sensation with Cracking the Cryptic.
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Simon Anthony, 46, from Reigate, Surrey, quit his job at a London investment bank to solve Sudoku puzzles on YouTube and has become a sensation with more than 210,000 subscribers
The channel, which Simon (pictured) claims to be YouTube's most popular Sudoku channel, has more than 210,000 subscribers and almost 30 million views
Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe (53) from Gloucestershire and has hundreds of thousands of people who are addicted to the Coronavirus lock.
"We get a lot of emails saying we help people with their mental health," he told the Guardian. "The videos seem to have some sort of ASMR quality."
The channel, which the couple claims is YouTube's most popular Sudoku channel, has more than 210,000 subscribers and almost 30 million views.
The couple publishes two low-fi videos each day, each lasting about half an hour.
Each video has the same format, with Simon or Mark appearing in the lower corner and the focus of the puzzle.
The audience was unexpectedly thrilled to see Simon and Mark solve the difficult puzzle.
Simon's voiceover shows his real love of puzzle solving and throws classic British phrases like "Oh my god, I" into his joy when he hits the sudoku.
Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe (53) from Gloucestershire and has hundreds of thousands of people who are addicted to the Coronavirus lock
Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe (53) from Gloucestershire (pictured) and they have people who are addicted during the coronavirus lock
Simon and Mark met at a crossword championship 20 years ago when puzzles couldn't be digital sports, but now the two can reach a large audience from home.
Mark is the reigning Times crossword champion and reigning British Sudoku champion. Simon was a former British team member at the Sudoku and Puzzle World Championships.
Simon said the fame was "surreal" and the two men even launched four apps and a range of goods.
Simon, a father of two, does not regret quitting his job. He said: & # 39;I only did it for one reason and was constantly aware that I was working my youth away. & # 39;
His income is still lower than before, but is increasing rapidly as he becomes more popular during the ban.
His videos reach 10,000 to 3.4 million viewers because fans love his humble voice-over.
The broadcaster's success is sweeping, with 27% of Simon's audience living in America.
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The couple publishes two videos each day, and each video lasts about half an hour. The audience sits on the edge of their seats, while either Simon or Mark solve almost impossible puzzles
One of Simon's biggest fans is James Charles, the 20-year-old millionaire with 5.5 million Twitter followers and 19 million YouTube subscribers.
He told his Twitter fans: "I have officially unlocked a new level of boredom. I'm watching videos of a man solving sudoku puzzles.
"The videos are so interesting, but they also help me relax!"
Other famous fans of Cracking the Cryptic are the writers Simon Singh and Rachel Riley from Countdown.
Simon speaks the audience slowly and clearly through the difficult puzzles, but he also manages to impress people with how quickly his brain works to find out the math.
In his May 22 video, Solve for X Sudoku, Simon amazes fans at the end of the video if he quickly fills in the remaining numbers within minutes.
After their "surreal" success, Cracking the Cryptic has launched four apps and a range of goods
27% of Simon's audience lives in America. The fans are enthusiastic about Simon's modest voice-over and his videos show numbers between 10,000 and 3.4 million
He makes a small mistake when his fingers move quickly to fill in the blanks, but he instantly recognizes and changes his numbers, the puzzle not matching him.
Simon says at the end of the video: & # 39; Check, and so you solve another nice puzzle of Prowling Tiger! Not easy, not easy.
"I was a little slow towards the end, but I was pretty happy finding x as quickly as I did."
Simon reads all the comments on every video he publishes and says he is very pleased with the reactions from his fans.
A fan said in the comment section: “I've watched these videos so often that my thought process is in Simon's voice if I do a puzzle on my own. This is the opposite of a problem. & # 39;
Cracking the Cryptic apps offer fans many different types of Sudoku puzzles, including Classic Sudoku with a total of 65 puzzles.
Their other apps are Sandwich Sudoku, Chess Sudoku, and Thermo Sudoku, and they pose new challenges to fans to improve their puzzle solving skills.
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