A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
A Latin square of order n is an array of n symbols in which each symbol occurs exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column.
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?
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.
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?
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
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.
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 a twist.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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
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?
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.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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. . . .
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
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?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?