Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
A Sudoku with a twist.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to
solve this Sudoku.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you
three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and
keep repeating this. What happens?
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.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
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.
In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where
you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and
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.
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 second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the
European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
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 with clues as ratios.
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What
are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
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?
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.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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.
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
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
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
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?