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.

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

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

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

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 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?

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.

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

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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

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.

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

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

A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and keep repeating this. What happens?

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

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

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

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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

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?

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!

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.

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.

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

Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?

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

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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.