The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
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 different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
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?
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...
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?
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
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.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
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 student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.