A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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.
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.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
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.
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
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.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
A Sudoku with a twist.
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent 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 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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
Mr Smith and Mr Jones are two maths teachers. By asking questions, the answers to which may be right or wrong, Mr Jones is able to find the number of the house Mr Smith lives in... Or not!
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A Latin square of order n is an array of n symbols in which each symbol occurs exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column.
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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 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?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.