Copyright © University of Cambridge. All rights reserved.

The diagram shows 10 identical coins which fit exactly inside a wooden frame. As a result each coin is prevented from sliding. What is the largest number of coins that may be removed so that each remaining coin is still unable to slide?

If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

*This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.**View the archive of all weekly problems grouped by curriculum topic*

View the current weekly problem