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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
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.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
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.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
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.
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface
area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you
find them all?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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. . . .
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers
1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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. . . .
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?
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...
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.
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.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?"
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.