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Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:
A mini-sudoku is a 4 by 4 grid, where each row, column and 2 by 2 outlined block contains the digits 1, 2, 3 and 4 once and once only.

How many different ways are there of completing the mini-sudoku shown?

If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task that challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.