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.
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Take three whole numbers. The differences between them give you three new numbers. Find the differences between the new numbers and keep repeating this. What happens?
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
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.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
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.
Label the joints and legs of these graph theory caterpillars so that the vertex sums are all equal.
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.
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?
A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.
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.
Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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?
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
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.
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 nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
An introduction to the binomial coefficient, and exploration of some of the formulae it satisfies.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Use the clues about the shaded areas to help solve this sudoku
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
A Latin square of order n is an array of n symbols in which each symbol occurs exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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. . . .
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
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?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Label this plum tree graph to make it totally magic!
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
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?