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?
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?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
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 man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
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.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
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?
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.
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?"
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?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
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.
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles.
Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4,
5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
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?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
A Sudoku with a twist.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?