Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?

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?"

Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

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?

A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.

Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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.

There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.

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.

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.

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

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

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?

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.

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

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?

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

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?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

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?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.