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Tea Cups

Age 7 to 14
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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.

Olympic Logic

Age 11 to 16
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Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

Counting on Letters

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Quadruple Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.

Twin Line-swapping Sudoku

Age 14 to 16
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A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.

9 Weights

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Coins

Age 11 to 14
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A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?

The Naked Pair in Sudoku

Age 7 to 16

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

Crossing the Bridge

Age 11 to 14
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Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

Oranges and Lemons, Say the Bells of St Clement's

Age 11 to 14
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Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.

Building with Longer Rods

Age 7 to 14
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A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

The Great Weights Puzzle

Age 14 to 16
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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?

Consecutive Numbers

Age 7 to 14
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An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Integrated Product Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Magic W

Age 14 to 16
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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.

Summing Consecutive Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?

Plants

Age 5 to 14
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Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

Advent Sudoku

Age 11 to 14
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Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".

Addition Equation Sudoku

Age 11 to 14
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You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.

Smith and Jones

Age 14 to 16
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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!

More on Mazes

Age 7 to 14

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.

Magnetic Personality

Age 7 to 16
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60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

Difference Sudoku

Age 14 to 16
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Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

Constellation Sudoku

Age 14 to 18
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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.

Pole Star Sudoku 2

Age 11 to 16
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This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?

Colour Islands Sudoku

Age 11 to 14
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An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.

Another Quadruple Clue Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Rectangle Outline Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.

Rainstorm Sudoku

Age 14 to 16
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Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku

Sticky Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

Binomial Coefficients

Age 14 to 18

An introduction to the binomial coefficient, and exploration of some of the formulae it satisfies.

More Children and Plants

Age 7 to 14
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This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

More Plant Spaces

Age 7 to 14
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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.

Extra Challenges from Madras

Age 11 to 14
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A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

Teddy Town

Age 5 to 14
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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?

Pole Star Sudoku

Age 14 to 18
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A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

Medal Muddle

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Olympic Magic

Age 14 to 16
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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?

Ones Only

Age 11 to 14
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Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.

Diagonal Sums Sudoku

Age 7 to 16
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Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

Simultaneous Equations Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.

An Introduction to Magic Squares

Age 7 to 16

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

Integrated Sums Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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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. . . .

Ben's Game

Age 11 to 16
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Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

Age 11 to 16
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Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

Age 7 to 14
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Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

Making a Difference

Age 11 to 14
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How many different differences can you make?

Consecutive Negative Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Peaches Today, Peaches Tomorrow...

Age 11 to 14
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A monkey with peaches, keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long can his peaches last?

Quadruple Clue Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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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.