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### Factor Lines

##### Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

### Curious Number

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?

### Newspapers

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?

### Zargon Glasses

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Polo Square

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Broken Toaster

##### Stage: 2 Short Challenge Level:

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

### Bunny Hop

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

### Team Scream

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Crack the Code

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

### Trebling

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

### ABC

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?

### Finding All Possibilities Upper Primary

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Neighbours

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

### Button-up Some More

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

### Prison Cells

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Home City

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

### How Old Are the Children?

##### Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"

### Centred Squares

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

### A First Product Sudoku

##### Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

### Seating Arrangements

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

### Sweets in a Box

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?

### Mystery Matrix

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Multiplication Squares

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.

### Fake Gold

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

### Pasta Timing

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

### It Figures

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Ice Cream

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.

### Calcunos

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

### Calendar Cubes

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

### All the Digits

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

### Magic Potting Sheds

##### Stage: 3 Challenge Level:

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?

### Ancient Runes

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

### A Mixed-up Clock

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?

### Six Is the Sum

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### The Moons of Vuvv

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

### Ordered Ways of Working Upper Primary

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

### Professional Circles

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?

### 3 Rings

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

### Sums and Differences 1

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

### Number Detective

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Follow the clues to find the mystery number.

### This Pied Piper of Hamelin

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

### Street Party

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.

### Sums and Differences 2

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

### On Target

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Finding All Possibilities Upper Primary

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

### Ordered Ways of Working Upper Primary

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

### Multiply Multiples 2

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

### Multiply Multiples 3

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

### Halloween Investigation

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?