Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
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This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier
than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two
weighings of the balance?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
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.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
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.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
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?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?