Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
Jo has three numbers which she adds together in pairs. When she does this she has three different totals: 11, 17 and 22 What are the three numbers Jo had to start with?”
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
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.
The graph represents a salesman’s area of activity with the shops that the salesman must visit each day. What route around the shops has the minimum total distance?
Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Sam sets up displays of cat food in his shop in triangular stacks. If Felix buys some, then how can Sam arrange the remaining cans in triangular stacks?
Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
A hallway floor is tiled and each tile is one foot square. Given that the number of tiles around the perimeter is EXACTLY half the total number of tiles, find the possible dimensions of the hallway.
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.
A 3 digit number is multiplied by a 2 digit number and the calculation is written out as shown with a digit in place of each of the *'s. Complete the whole multiplication sum.
Three teams have each played two matches. The table gives the total number points and goals scored for and against each team. Fill in the table and find the scores in the three matches.
This challenge is to make up YOUR OWN alphanumeric. Each letter represents a digit and where the same letter appears more than once it must represent the same digit each time.
Can you guess the colours of the 10 marbles in the bag? Can you develop an effective strategy for reaching 1000 points in the least number of rounds?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
In 1871 a mathematician called Augustus De Morgan died. De Morgan made a puzzling statement about his age. Can you discover which year De Morgan was born in?
There are a number of coins on a table. One quarter of the coins show heads. If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?