Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
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?
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.
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?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
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?
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
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?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
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.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Using only six straight cuts, find a way to make as many pieces of pizza as possible. (The pieces can be different sizes and shapes).
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
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?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers match.
Can you number the vertices, edges and faces of a tetrahedron so that the number on each edge is the mean of the numbers on the adjacent vertices and the mean of the numbers on the adjacent faces?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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.
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?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.