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It Figures

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Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

Pouring the Punch Drink

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There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

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This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

Bean Bags for Bernard's Bag

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How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

A-magical Number Maze

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This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

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Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

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?

Sealed Solution

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Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

Seven Square Numbers

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Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

Hubble, Bubble

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Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?

How Old?

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Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?

Fair Exchange

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

Oh! Harry!

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?

Route Product

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

Page Numbers

Stage: 2 Short Challenge Level:

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

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.

Six Is the Sum

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What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

Two Egg Timers

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You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?

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?

Making Trains

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Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?

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?

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?

Shapes in a Grid

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Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?

Today's Date - 01/06/2009

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

Finding Fifteen

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Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?

Robot Monsters

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Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

How Much Did it Cost?

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Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

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Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

All Seated

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Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

Here to There 1 2 3

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?

Polo Square

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Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Zargon Glasses

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Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?

On Target

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You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?

Mystery Matrix

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Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

Homes

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There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

Shape Times Shape

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These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?

Train Carriages

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Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?

X Is 5 Squares

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Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?

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In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?

Worms

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Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?

Whose Sandwich?

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Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

Briefcase Lock

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My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?

Seven Pots of Plants

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There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

One of Thirty-six

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Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?

The Pet Graph

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Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

Getting the Balance

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If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?

Finding All Possibilities Lower Primary

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These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

Snails' Trails

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Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

Money Bags

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Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?