The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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

Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

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.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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.

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

In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.