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.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
A Sudoku with a twist.
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to
solve this Sudoku.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
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.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find
the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits
to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What
could my number be?
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where
you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and
Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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 products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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 Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it
done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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?
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. . . .
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the
European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
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.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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?
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?
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.