Former investment banker becomes YouTube hit after posting videos of him ...

A former investment banker has become an unlikely YouTube sensation by posting videos of him completing difficult sudoku puzzles.

Simon Anthony, 46, decided to take a risk and quit his job at a London investment bank to solve sudoku puzzles on YouTube.

The early webcam videos of him solving sudoku from his spare room in Reigate, Surrey, gained around 100 views.

But three years after launching the channel, Anthony has become a viral sensation with Cracking the Cryptic.

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

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 is YouTube's most popular sudoku channel, has more than 210,000 subscribers and totals almost 30million views

The channel, which Simon (pictured) claims is YouTube's most popular sudoku channel, has more than 210,000 subscribers and totals almost 30million views

Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe, 53, from Gloucestershire, and has hundreds of thousands of people hooked during the coronavirus lockdown. 

'We're getting an awful lot of emails saying we're helping people with their mental health,' he said to the Guardian. 'There seems to be a sort of ASMR-type quality to the videos.'

The channel, which the pair claim is YouTube's most popular sudoku channel, has more than 210,000 subscribers and totals almost 30million views. 

The pair post two low-fi videos each day, with each one lasting around half an hour.

Each video has the same format, with Simon or Mark appearing in the bottom corner with the puzzle taking centre-stage. 

Viewers have found themselves unexpectedly hooked watching Simon and Mark solve the difficult puzzle.

Simon's voiceovers show his genuine love of solving puzzles, throwing out classically British phrases like 'oh my goodness me' in his delight when he beats the sudoku.

Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe, 53, from Gloucestershire, and has hundreds of thousands of people hooked during the coronavirus lockdown

Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe, 53, from Gloucestershire, and has hundreds of thousands of people hooked during the coronavirus lockdown

Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe, 53, from Gloucestershire, (pictured) and they have people hooked during the coronavirus lockdown

Simon runs the YouTube channel with his friend Mark Goodliffe, 53, from Gloucestershire, (pictured) and they have people hooked during the coronavirus lockdown

Simon and Mark met at a crossword championships 20 years ago, when puzzling could not be a digital sport, but now the pair can reach huge audiences all from their own homes.   

Mark is the reigning Times crossword champion and reigning UK sudoku champion and Simon was a former UK team member in the world sudoku and world puzzle championships.

Simon said the fame is 'surreal'

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