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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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?
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.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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.
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. . . .
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.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
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 Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
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?
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
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?
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?
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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.
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.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
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 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?
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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.
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
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?
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.
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?
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?
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?