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?
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.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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 products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
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.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
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?