Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.
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?
The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
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.
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
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.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?
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?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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?
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one