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.

in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that the amount in each ring is the same?

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.

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?

Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.

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.

Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.

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?

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.

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?

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

Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?

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

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.

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

A pair of Sudokus with lots in common. In fact they are the same problem but rearranged. Can you find how they relate to solve them both?

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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?

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

60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?

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.

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

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

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

Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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

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

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.

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.

This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.

Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.

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.

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.

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

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.

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

This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

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 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.