Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?

Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.

The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.

You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest. Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

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

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.

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.

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

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

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve 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.

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?

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

This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.

The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

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?

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.

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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

You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.

Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...

Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.

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

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?

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?

Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH website that could be suitable for students who have a good understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take on some. . . .

A package contains a set of resources designed to develop students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is designed to meet. . . .

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

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 pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

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. . . .

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.