Someone at the top of a hill sends a message in semaphore to a friend in the valley. A person in the valley behind also sees the same message. What is it?

What is the missing symbol? Can you decode this in a similar way?

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?

Semaphore is a way to signal the alphabet using two flags. You might want to send a message that contains more than just letters. How many other symbols could you send using this code?

Weekly Problem 42 - 2011

Four wiggles equal three woggles. Two woggles equal five waggles. Six waggles equal one wuggle. Using these, can you work out which of four values is the smallest?

You may like to read the article on Morse code before attempting this question. Morse's letter analysis was done over 150 years ago, so might there be a better allocation of symbols today?

Weekly Problem 40 - 2011

You may have seen magic squares before, but can you work out the missing numbers on this magic star?

The machine I use to produce Braille messages is faulty and one of the pins that makes a raised dot is not working. I typed a short message in Braille. Can you work out what it really says?

N people visit their friends staying N kilometres along the coast. Some walk along the cliff path at N km an hour, the rest go by car. How long is the road?

Weekly Problem 44 - 2011

You have already used Magic Squares, now meet an Anti-Magic Square. Its properties are slightly different, but can you still solve it...

Weekly Problem 41 - 2011

This magic square has only been partially completed. Can you still solve it...

Weekly Problem 33 - 2011

The Queen of Hearts has lost her tarts! She asks each knave if he has eaten them, but how many of them are honest...

The diagrams that Adam and Sam from Perton Middle School sent in help to explain this problem.

This short article gives an outline of the origins of Morse code and its inventor and how the frequency of letters is reflected in the code they were given.

A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.