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?

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

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?

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?"

Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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.

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?

This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?

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

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

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 second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

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.

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

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

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

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?

If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?

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 challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.

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

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

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