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?
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.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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.
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Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete 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?
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?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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.
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
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?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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. . . .
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
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.
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.
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!
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.