# Minesweeper is NP-complete

```@article{Kaye2000MinesweeperIN,
title={Minesweeper is NP-complete},
author={Richard Kaye},
journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
year={2000},
volume={22},
pages={9-15}
}```
• R. Kaye
• Published 1 March 2000
• Computer Science
• The Mathematical Intelligencer
NP-completeness Many programming p rob lems require the design of an algor i thm which has a "yes" or "no" ou tput for each input. For example , the p rob lem of test ing a whole number for pr imal i ty requires an a lgor i thm which answers "yes" if the input number x is prime, and "no" otherwise. In trying to devise an algori thm to solve a given problem, one aspec t of obvious pract ical impor tance is the t ime it takes to run. Since a typical algori thm may take more t ime on some inputs…
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