This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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?
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?
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.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the
numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the
rule for giving another set of six numbers?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
Can you number the vertices, edges and faces of a tetrahedron so
that the number on each edge is the mean of the numbers on the
adjacent vertices and the mean of the numbers on the adjacent
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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.
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.
Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit
numbers such that their total is close to 1500?
This challenge is to make up YOUR OWN alphanumeric. Each letter
represents a digit and where the same letter appears more than once
it must represent the same digit each time.
The graph represents a salesman’s area of activity with the
shops that the salesman must visit each day. What route around the
shops has the minimum total distance?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
Can you guess the colours of the 10 marbles in the bag? Can you
develop an effective strategy for reaching 1000 points in the least
number of rounds?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work
out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes
could he have taken?
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?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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
A 3 digit number is multiplied by a 2 digit number and the
calculation is written out as shown with a digit in place of each
of the *'s. Complete the whole multiplication sum.
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy
pyramid whose top number is 200.
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.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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.