This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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.
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 surrounding cells.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
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.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Imagine a stack of numbered cards with one on top. Discard the top, put the next card to the bottom and repeat continuously. Can you predict the last card?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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.
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.
Special clue numbers related to the difference between numbers in two adjacent cells and values of the stars in the "constellation" make this a doubly interesting problem.
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.
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.
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A Sudoku with a twist.
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?
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
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.
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
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?
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?
A pair of Sudokus with lots in common. In fact they are the same problem but rearranged. Can you find how they relate to solve them both?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
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?
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.