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.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are 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.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
A Sudoku with a twist.
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.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
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?
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?
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
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.
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?
By selecting digits for an addition grid, what targets can you make?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
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.
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?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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...
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
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.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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!
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
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?
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.
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.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?