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Amazing Alphabet Maze

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Can you go from A to Z right through the alphabet in the hexagonal maze?

One Wasn't Square

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Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.

Grouping Goodies

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Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?

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On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?

Number Round Up

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Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.

Fractions in a Box

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The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.

Magic Squares 4x4

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Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American Flag magic square.

Brothers and Sisters

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Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact ages from the clues?

Buckets of Thinking

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There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres. Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.

Highest and Lowest

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Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.

Augustus' Age

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In 1871 a mathematician called Augustus De Morgan died. De Morgan made a puzzling statement about his age. Can you discover which year De Morgan was born in?

Jumping Squares

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In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.

Clever Santa

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All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.

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Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.

Spiders and Flies

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There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?

Arranging the Tables

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There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

Magic Triangle

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Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.

Oranges and Lemons

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On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how many lemons there are?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?

Twenty Divided Into Six

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Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

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There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?

Number Juggle

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Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).

How Many Eggs?

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Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person had.

Special 24

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Find another number that is one short of a square number and when you double it and add 1, the result is also a square number.

Pizza Cut

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Using only six straight cuts, find a way to make as many pieces of pizza as possible. (The pieces can be different sizes and shapes).

Prison Cells

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There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?

Let's Face It

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In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers match.

Big Dog, Little Dog

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Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?

Rabbits in the Pen

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Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

The Clockmaker's Birthday Cake

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The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?

Zios and Zepts

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On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?

The Puzzling Sweet Shop

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There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

Rocco's Race

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Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's finishing position was.

Numbered Cars

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I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?

A Shapely Network

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Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.

Fitted

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Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?

Domino Join Up

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Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins add to 7?

Factor-multiple Chains

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Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

Tricky Triangles

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Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

The Tall Tower

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As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

Strike it Out

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Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

A Numbered Route

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Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?

Four-digit Targets

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You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?

Find the Difference

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Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Cat Food

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Sam sets up displays of cat food in his shop in triangular stacks. If Felix buys some, then how can Sam arrange the remaining cans in triangular stacks?

Path to the Stars

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Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?

In the Money

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There are a number of coins on a table. One quarter of the coins show heads. If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?

Strike it Out for Two

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Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Tom's Number

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Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

Plenty of Pens

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Amy's mum had given her £2.50 to spend. She bought four times as many pens as pencils and was given 40p change. How many of each did she buy?