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Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?

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What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?

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When I type a sequence of letters my calculator gives the product of all the numbers in the corresponding memories. What numbers should I store so that when I type 'ONE' it returns 1, and when I type. . . .

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This challenge is to make up YOUR OWN alphanumeric. Each letter represents a digit and where the same letter appears more than once it must represent the same digit each time.

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This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.

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A combination mechanism for a safe comprises thirty-two tumblers numbered from one to thirty-two in such a way that the numbers in each wheel total 132... Could you open the safe?

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In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.

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Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?

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Choose two digits and arrange them to make two double-digit numbers. Now add your double-digit numbers. Now add your single digit numbers. Divide your double-digit answer by your single-digit answer. . . .

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What happens when you add a three digit number to its reverse?

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You have four jugs of 9, 7, 4 and 2 litres capacity. The 9 litre jug is full of wine, the others are empty. Can you divide the wine into three equal quantities?

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Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?

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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?

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What is the largest number you can make using the three digits 2, 3 and 4 in any way you like, using any operations you like? You can only use each digit once.

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How many ways can you find to put in operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make 100?

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Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .

This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.

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How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

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The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

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There are exactly 3 ways to add 4 odd numbers to get 10. Find all the ways of adding 8 odd numbers to get 20. To be sure of getting all the solutions you will need to be systematic. What about. . . .

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The country Sixtania prints postage stamps with only three values 6 lucres, 10 lucres and 15 lucres (where the currency is in lucres).Which values cannot be made up with combinations of these postage. . . .

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Using the 8 dominoes make a square where each of the columns and rows adds up to 8

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By selecting digits for an addition grid, what targets can you make?

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Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

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Ann thought of 5 numbers and told Bob all the sums that could be made by adding the numbers in pairs. The list of sums is 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10,10, 11, 12. Help Bob to find out which numbers Ann was. . . .

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In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?

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Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

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Play this game to learn about adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers

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Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.

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Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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

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There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?

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Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

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This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.

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Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.

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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.

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

This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.

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This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

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Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

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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.

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Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.

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Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.

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