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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.
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?
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
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.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this 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?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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.
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?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
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. . . .
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
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?
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.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
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 Sudoku with clues as ratios.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
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.
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?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
An introduction to bond angle geometry.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
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.