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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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.

Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

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

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.

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

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

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

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

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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?

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

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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

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

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

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

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?!

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

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

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

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

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

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

Imagine a stack of numbered cards with one on top. Discard the top, put the next card to the bottom and repeat continuously. Can you predict the last card?