A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems
give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical
concepts and skills. Read here for more information.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next
to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M.
What order were they in?
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
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.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers
1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which
are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of
neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
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?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.