A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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

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

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

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?

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

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.

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?

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.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.