Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
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?
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?
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.
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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.
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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.
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles.
Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4,
5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
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.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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.
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
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. . . .
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
designed to meet. . . .
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's
there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and
between the two 3's there are three digits.
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
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.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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?"
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?