A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?

Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?

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

Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

The area of a square inscribed in a circle with a unit radius is, satisfyingly, 2. What is the area of a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a unit radius?

If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

A 1 metre cube has one face on the ground and one face against a wall. A 4 metre ladder leans against the wall and just touches the cube. How high is the top of the ladder above the ground?

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

A square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?

Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?

Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.

Think of two whole numbers under 10, and follow the steps. I can work out both your numbers very quickly. How?

Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?

Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

Can you arrange these numbers into 7 subsets, each of three numbers, so that when the numbers in each are added together, they make seven consecutive numbers?

Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...

Some people offer advice on how to win at games of chance, or how to influence probability in your favour. Can you decide whether advice is good or not?

Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?

Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?