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.

Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.

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.

The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.

You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest. Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?

Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.

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.

It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?

Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.

Special clue numbers related to the difference between numbers in two adjacent cells and values of the stars in the "constellation" make this a doubly interesting problem.

Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku

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.

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.

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.

60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

Imagine a stack of numbered cards with one on top. Discard the top, put the next card to the bottom and repeat continuously. Can you predict the last card?

A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.

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 Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.

A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.

This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.

A pair of Sudokus with lots in common. In fact they are the same problem but rearranged. Can you find how they relate to solve them both?

Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.

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?

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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.

Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?

This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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.

An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.

You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.

in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that the amount in each ring is the same?

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.

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.

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.

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?