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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve 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?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

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.

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

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?

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

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.

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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

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

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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?