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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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?

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?

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 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 pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.

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

Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.

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.

60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

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?

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

Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.

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

Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.

Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku

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?

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.

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?

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.

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. . . .

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

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

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.