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?
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?
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
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.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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.
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?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
Can you find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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.
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.
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.
It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
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 Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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?
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
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?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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?