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?

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

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?"

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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?

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?

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

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

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.