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?

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 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.

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

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?

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.

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 interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

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 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.

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

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?

Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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?"

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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?

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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?

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

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

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

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