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?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
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?
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.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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.
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid)
parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
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?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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?
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?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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
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?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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?
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?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
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?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
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.
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?
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 car's milometer reads 4631 miles and the trip meter has 173.3 on
it. How many more miles must the car travel before the two numbers
contain the same digits in the same order?
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
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
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate
eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person
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
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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
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?
Find out why these matrices are magic. Can you work out how they were made? Can you make your own Magic Matrix?
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the
target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight
that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's
there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and
between the two 3's there are three digits.
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
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.