• There is a great amount of satisfaction that can be obtained from solving a mathematical puzzle. There are many puzzles on this page, all with a mathematical connection, that are just waiting to be solved. You can earn Transum Trophies for the puzzles you solve.

• Partial Pyramids

Calculate the missing numbers in these partly completed pyramid puzzles.

• Pyramid Puzzle

Numbers in the bricks are found by adding the two bricks immediately below together. Can you achieve the given target?

• The Broken Chessboard Puzzle

The chessboard has been broken into 13 pieces. Can you put it back together?

• Doughnut Dissection

A puzzle to find four different ways of making 900 by multiplying together three different numbers.

• Power Shift

Arrange the given numbers as bases and indices in the three-term sum to make the target total.

• Satisfaction

This is quite a challenging number grouping puzzle requiring a knowledge of prime, square and triangular numbers.

• Squorder

The Transum version of the traditional sliding tile puzzle.

• Mine Find

Find where the mines are hidden without stepping on one.

• Pentominoes

Arrange the twelve pentominoes in the outline of a rectangle.

• Number Jigsaws

Online, interactive jigsaw puzzles of grids of numbers.

• Roman Numerals Jigsaw

An online interactive jigsaw puzzle of a grid of Roman numerals.

• Magic Square Jigsaws

Interactive jigsaw puzzles of four by four magic squares.

• Plus

A number arranging puzzle with seven levels of challenge.

• Area Maze

Use your knowledge of rectangle areas to calculate the missing measurement of these composite diagrams.

• Car Park Puzzle

Can you get your car out of the very crowded car park by moving other cars forwards or backwards?

• One Digit Only

Find expressions using only one digit which equal the given targets.

• Centexpression

Arrange the numbers from 1 to 9 to make an expression with a value of 100.

• Perfect Magic Square

Arrange the sixteen numbers on the four by four grid so that groups of four numbers in a pattern add up to the same total.

• Octagram Star

Arrange the sixteen numbers on the octagram so that the numbers in each line add up to the same total.

• Hexagram Star

Arrange the twelve numbers on the hexagram so that the numbers in each line add up to the same total.

• Triangled Hexagram

Arrange the twelve numbers in the triangles on the hexagram so that the numbers in each line of five triangles add up to the same total.

• Awe-Sum

Arrange the given digits to make six 3-digit numbers that combine in an awesome way.

• Goal Products

Arrange the numbered footballs on the goal posts to make three, 3-number products that are all the same.

• Circumfraction

Quite a challenging number placing puzzle involving fractions.

• Magic Square

Each row, column and diagonal should produce the same sum.

• Unmagic Square

Like the magic square but all of the totals should be different.

• One Torch Tunnel

Solve the problem of getting four people through a tunnel with one torch in the minimum amount of time.

• Separated Twins

Can you find a 6 digit number containing two each of the digits one to three which obeys the rules given?

• Without Lifting The Pencil

Can you draw these diagrams without lifting your pencil from the paper? This is an interactive version of the traditional puzzle.

• River Crossing

The traditional River Crossing challenge. Can you do it in the smallest number of moves?

• Digivide

Arrange the numbers from 1 to 6 in the spaces to make the division calculation correct.

• Scouts in Boats

Arrange a rota for the Scouts to travel in boats so that they are with different people each day.

Calculate the areas of all the possible quadrilaterals that can be constructed by joining together dots on this grid.

• Four Sum

Arrange the given number tiles to make two 2 digit numbers that add up to the given total.

• Path Puzzle

A great puzzle requiring you to use all of the cards to create a continuous red line from start to finish.

• Lemon Law

Change the numbers on the apples so that the number on the lemon is the given total.

• Scheduling Puzzle

Make a schedule for the 24-hour Darts Marathon which will take into account everyone's requests and keep everyone happy.

• Online Psychic

Let the psychic read the cards and magically reveal the number you have secretly chosen. What is the mathematics that makes this trick work?

• Numskull

Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.

Arrange the numbers from 1 to 14 in the spaces to make the sums correct. How fast can you do it?

• Suko Sujiko

Interactive number-based logic puzzles similar to those featuring in daily newspapers.

• Latin Square Puzzles

Arrange the given digits to make a Latin square with the given row and column calculation results.

• Polygon Pieces

Arrange the nine pieces of the puzzle on the grid to make different polygons.

• Pu Wiang

A fewest-moves, counter-swapping challenge invented in northern Thailand.

• Frustration

A logic challenge requiring a strategy to update each of the numbers in a grid.

• Prime Square

Drag the numbers into the red cells so that the sum of the three numbers in each row and each column is a prime number.

• Mixpressions

Arrange the cards to create a valid mathematical statement.

• Pancake Day

Toss the pancakes until they are neatly stacked in order of size. Find how to do this using the smallest number of moves.

• Word Search

Find the mathematical words in the grid of letters.

• Vector Cops

Help the cops catch the robbers by finding the vectors that will end the chase.

• Trafalgar Square

Solve the number puzzles drawn on the pavement of Trafalgar Square in London.

• Triside Totals

Arrange the digits 1 to 9 on the triangle so that the sum of the numbers along each side is equal to the given total.

• Multitude

Arrange the given digits to make three numbers such that the third is the product of the first and the second.

• Double Treble

Arrange the digits to make three 3 digit numbers such that the second is double the first and the third is three times the first.

• Not Too Close

The students numbered 1 to 8 should sit on the chairs so that no two consecutively numbered students sit next to each other.

• Tools

In how many different ways can the numbers be arranged to give the same totals?

• Window View

Drag the 20 flowers into the gardens so that 9 flowers are visible from each window of the house.

• Shapes In The Stars

Join up the stars to find the hidden regular polygons.

• Satisfy

Place the nine numbers in the table so they obey the row and column headings about the properties of the numbers.

• T Puzzle

Use the pieces of the T puzzle to fit into the outlines provided. A drag, rotate and drop interactive challenge.

• Shunting Puzzles

Move the trams to their indicated parking places in the shunting yard as quickly as possible.

• Magic Square Puzzle

Find all of the possible ways of making the magic total from the numbers in this four by four magic square.

• Cubical Net Challenge

Find all the ways of painting the faces of cubes using only two colours.

• Nine Digits

Arrange the given digits to make three numbers such that two of them add up to the third.

• Tangram Table

Use the pieces of the tangram puzzle to make the basic shapes then complete the table showing which shapes are possible.

• Calculator Words

Turn your calculator upside down to make words out of the answers to these questions.

• Vowelless

Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words. Can you recognise them?

• Pick Up Sticks

If you were to pick up the sticks from this pile so that you were always removing the top stick what calculation would you create?

• Divisive

Arrange the digits one to nine on the spaces provided to make two division calculations containing multiples of three.

• Go Figure

Arrange the digits one to nine to make the four calculations correct.

• Olympic Rings

Place the digits one to nine in each of the regions created by the Olympic rings so that the sum of the numbers in each ring is the same.

• Arithmagons

Find the missing numbers in these triangular, self-checking puzzles and discover the wonders of these fascinating structures.

• Area Wall Puzzles

Divide the grid into rectangular pieces so that the area of each piece is the same as the number it contains.

• Xmas Ornaments

A hands on activity requiring students to arrange Christmas ornaments in a square box.

Find the five numbers which when added or multiplied together in pairs to produce the given sums or products.

• Prime Labyrinth

Find the path to the centre of the labyrinth by moving along the prime numbers.

• Truculent

Can you arrange the seven counters on the grid despite their truculent behaviour?

• Maths Crossword

An interactive mathematical crossword for you to do online. Find the missing words from the given clues.

• Tantrum

A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.

• Scallywags and Scoundrels

Arrange the scallywags and scoundrels on the chairs so that the numbers of any two sitting next to each other add up to a prime number.

• No Partner

Find which numbers in a given list do not combine with other numbers on the list to make a given sum.

• Thrice

Can you arrange all of the counters on the grid to form 10 lines of three counters?

• Dominoes Puzzle

Arrange the dominoes in seven squares. The number of dots along each side of the square must be equal to the number in the middle

• Fleur-De-Lis

Click on six fleur-de-lis to leave an even number in each row and column.

• The Miller's Puzzle

This is an interactive version of the puzzle described by Henry Ernest Dudeney in The Canterbury Puzzles

• Delightfully Divisible

Arrange the digits one to nine to make a number which is divisible in the way described.

• Nine Nine Nine

Use the digits 1 to 9 to make three 3 digit numbers which add up to 999.

• Spinsum

Arrange the numbers on the squares so that the totals along each line of three squares are equal.

• Pattern Clues

An interactive activity challenging you to reproduce a pattern of coloured squares according to given clues.

• Brainbox

A puzzle requiring the arrangement of numbers on the function machines to link the given input numbers to the correct output.

• Zygo

Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.

• Puzzle Cube Net

A jumbled moving-block puzzle cube is shown as a net. Can you solve it?

• Where's Wallaby?

Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates.

• Jugs

Can you make 4 litres if you only have 7 and 5 litre jugs?

• Code Cracker

Crack the code by replacing the encrypted letters in the given text. There are lots of hints provided about code breaking techniques.

• How Many Squares? 2

How many different sets of four dots can be joined to form a square?

• Tower of Hanoi

Move the pieces of the tower from one place to another in the minimum number of moves.

• Ludicross

Arrange the given numbers on the cross so that the sum of the numbers in both diagonals is the same.

• Largest Product

A drag and drop activity challenging you to arrange the digits to produce the largest possible product.

• Clue Sudoku

A different way to complete a Sudoku puzzle with clues available at every stage.

• Plane Numbers

Arrange numbers on the plane shaped grid to produce the given totals

• Cryptographic

Fill in the squares according to the clues given by the string of numbers for each row and column.

• Lesson Starter Puzzles

There are plenty more puzzles on the Transum website.

The following puzzles are from the Transum monthly newsletters and podcasts.

Bogdan and Wally

In what order should you play Ultimate Noughts and Crosses against Wally and Bogdan?

What's My Name Riddle

Work out the name from the rhyming riddles.

Mathematical Days

What is the date of the next Pythagorean Theorem Day?

Eva's Eggs and Fickle Fractions

How many eggs did Eva take to market in order to make those strange half sales?

Feeding Fools and Horses

How long will the horse feed last the horses after some of them left the stables?

Balancing Balloons

How many balloons must Jamie give to Ben to balance the balloon equation?

A Puzzle from Carl

Carl's puzzle is about the result of dividing the product of his parents' ages by double his own age.

Odds from evens up to 2020

Subract the sum of the odd numbers less than 2020 from the sum of the even numbers less than 2020.

Noel in Lapland

Work out the length of Noel's trip to Lapland given the details of the weather conditions.

Multiple Remainders

What is the second smallest number such that when it is divided by 5 the remainder is 4, and when divided by 7 the remainder is 6?

Coaches to Cambridge

Can you figure out which coach I travelled in when I went to Cambridge?

Percy Cod's Kids

Percy Cod was talking about his children. Can you work out their ages given the ratios?

Carrot-eating Critters

Work out how many of each kind of animal are in the field from their carrot-eating habits.

Red Arrow Square

What fraction of the square does the red arrow cover?

Patsy Loves Percy

The strange case of Percy who seems to be getting older very quickly

Monkeys, Kittens and Dogs

Who is most likely to be able to work out the square root of 121?

Feed The Horses

How long will the remaining feed last the horses that have not been sold?

If I start at five and add six I get eleven but if I start at six and add seven I get one.

Prime Permutations

Of all the permutations of 1 to 9 used to make nine-digit numbers, how many are prime?

4-Digit Hotel Room Safe Code

Can you work out what number I used to lock and unlock my hotel room safe?

Choir Eye Colour

Figure out the percentage of choir members that do not have blue eyes from the clues given.

Calculator Keys at the Corners of a Rectangle

A question about the four keys at the corners of a rectangle on a calculator.

Average House Numbers

Work out the house numbers from the clues about the mean, median and mode.

Clock in the Mirror

What time was the clock in the mirror really showing?

Delightfully Divisible

Find a pandigital number that is delightfully divisible.

Five integers with a product of 12

Can you find five integers that multiply together to give twelve?

Square in a Rectangle

What is the largest square that can be drawn in the corner of a 10cm by 15cm rectangle?

London Marathon

A question about the average speed required for the second half of the marathon.

Cutting the Lawn

Aynuk and Ayli cut half of the lawn each. How long is each side of the square lawn?

The Missing Pound's Found

A really wonderful answer to the missing pound puzzle.

Forty Five in Four Parts

Split the number 45 into four parts according to the given information.

Shrivelled Spuds

Work out the weight of the potatoes after they have been left out in the sun to dry.

Transposition Error

Work out the bank balance given information about the transposition error.

Counting Sheep

Work out the number of sheep owned by Percy and Patsy from the given clues.

Juggling with Egg Timers

Can you time exactly nine minutes using the four and seven minute egg timers?

Permutation Sum

What is sum of all the four digit numbers containing all of the digits one to four?

Odd Probability

What is the probability that two random numbers are both even if they are not both odd?

Regions in Circles

Calculate the number of regions in a circle formed by intersecting chords.

Brothers and Sisters

Can you work out the number of children in the Numlove family given the clues about brothers and sisters?

Exam Average

What mark is required in the last exam to achieve an 80% overall average?

Cake Cut

Where should the last slice of cake be cut to give two equal pieces?

Holy Sphere

Calculate the remaining volume of the sphere after a cylindrical hole has been drilled through the centre

Jumping Flea

How many different places could the flea find itself after 8 foot-long jumps either north, south, east or west?

Last Digit

How many positive two-digit numbers are there whose square and cube both end in the same digit?

Central Station

The probability that the next train to leave will be going north is five times the probability that the next train to leave will be going south.

Canteen Queue

Is it possible to answer the question if Betsy's age is not known?

Separated Twins

Work out the combination of the safe given the clues about pairs of numbers.

Divisible By Three

A puzzle about two digit numbers that can be made from ten different digits.

Letters In Numbers

A brand new puzzle involving the letters in numbers when written as words.

Square Angled Triangle

The angles of a triangle are all square numbers. What are they?

Tri-Junction Puzzle

What is the probability of the three cars arriving at the road junction not being involved in an accident?

Two Prime Squares

What is the smallest square number (greater than one) that cannot be expressed as the sum of two prime numbers?

The Missing Pound

Where did the missing pound go in this story about three people visiting a restaurant?

Ticks, Tocks, Tacks and Tucks

Find how ticks compare to tocks, tacks and tucks from the given information.

The Power of Christmas

A question about indices to get you thinking mathematically at this festive time of year.

Ant and Dec

What single question could Dec ask Ant to find out what he is thinking?

Bookworm

How far does the bookworm travel on its meal-time journey?

Three Mathematicians

How can the third mathematician be so certain that everyone wants a drink?

Unfinished Game

If the coin tossing game was cut short how would you share the winnings?

Alphanumbetical

Questions about the letters used to make the natural numbers.

Best Dice

Which of the unusual dice would you choose to give you the best chance of winning the prize?

The Birthday Problem

What is the probability of two or more pupils in a class having the same birthday?

Enigma Vowels

A coding question inspired by the film The Imitation Game.

Biased Coin

Twelve Days of Christmas

Can you figure out exactly how many gifts the true love sends during the twelve days of the Christmas holiday?

Chased by a Bear

A puzzle about an explorer being chased by a bear along with a question about imperial and metric measures with Measurement Man

Halloween Bases

A puzzle about Why is halloween like Christmas along with news of the new Number Skills Inventory

Torch Tunnel

A puzzle about four people making their way through a tunnel with just one torch along with news of the new numerology page

Cube in Milk

A puzzle about a cube being lowered into a bucket of milk along with news of the new shunting puzzles

The following puzzles are the Transum Advanced Starters.

Algebraic Product

Finding the value of the expression is easier than you think!

Angle Thinking

Find the range of possible angles, x, for which tan x > cos x > sin x

Average Cycling Speed

Work out the average speed of two journeys. The obvious answer is not the correct answer.

Back To The Factory

Find all the numbers below 1000 which have exactly 20 factors

Barmy BIDMAS

Bertrand's box paradox is a paradox of elementary probability theory, first posed by Joseph Bertrand in 1889

Best Dice

Which of the unusual dice would you choose to give you the best chance of winning the prize?

Biased Coin

Use a biased coin to obtain a fair result

Car Inequalities

Solve three simultaneous inequalities to find how many cars I own.

Charging Rhinos

Find the easy way to solve this kinematics problem involving a fly and two rhinos.

Cheryl's Birthday

Use a process of elimination to work out the correct date from the clues given.

Coordinate Distance

Find k given that(-2,k) is 13 units away from (10,9)

Cuboid

Find the dimensions of a cuboid matching the description given

Curved Angles

How many right angles are there in a semicircle?

Difference Cipher

Find the mathematical word from the cipher

Divisible by 11

Can you prove that a three digit number whose first and third digits add up to the value of the second digit must be divisible by eleven?

Double or Half?

At ten percent change per day is doubling achieved faster than halving?

Exceeds by 99

Find the number whose double exceeds its half by exactly 99.

Fence Optimisation

Find the length of a rectangle enclosing the largest possible area.

Fermi Problem

The classic Fermi problem using standard estimation techniques

Find the radius of the circle from the small amount of information provided.

Four Fraction Division

Explain why the answer to a series of fraction divisions is a whole number.

GDC Challenge

Produce the given graph on a graphic display calculator

Geometry Snack

Find the value of the marked angle in this diagram from the book Geometry Snacks

Grandmother

How far would grandma have travelled after a suitably large number of days given her walking regime?

Hands Together

The hands of a clock are together at midnight. At what time are they next together?

HCF and LCM given

If given the HCF, LCM and the smaller of two numbers can you find the other?

How Many Left Handers?

Work out the number of members if the probability of left-handed members being randomly selected is given.

Hundred and Fifty Percent

Divide 110 into two parts so that the larger part is 150% of the smaller part.

Key Eleven

Prove that a four digit number constructed in a certain way will be a multiple of eleven.

Log Perfection

Determine whether the given statements containing logarithms are true or false

Logarithm Equation

Solve an equation containing logarithms with different bases

Maximum Product

Two numbers add up to 10. What's the largest possible product they could have?

Multiple of sum of digits

What number is six times the sum of its digits?

Nine Digit Numbers

How many different nine digit numbers are their that contain each of the digits from one to nine?

Other Child's Gender

What is the probability that the other child is also a boy?

Paper Ratio

Calculate the ratio of the sides of an A4 sheet of paper without any measuring.

Paper Surprising Perimeter

Find the perimeter of a folded sheet of A4 paper as described in this short video.

Parallel Graphs

Determine from their equations which of the straight line graphs are parallel and perpendicular.

Penny Bags

Can you place 63 pennies in bags in such a way that you can give away any amount of money (from 1p to 63p) by giving a selection of these prepacked bags?

Perennial Rivals

Which football team will be first to win four games?

Permutable Functions

Find pairs of functions that are commutative under composition.

Piece of String

Find where a piece of string should be cut to form a circle and a square of equal areas.

Pizza Slice

A problem which can be solved by considereing the areas of a triangle and a sector of a circle.

Product of Indices

Find the product of the unknown indices that feature in two equations

What shape is created when the midpoints of the sides of a quadrilateral are joined together?

Restrained Flea

How many different places could the flea find itself after 8 foot-long jumps either north, south, east or west?

Reverse Connection

Find a general rule for the difference between a two digit number and that same number with the digits reversed.

Rice on a Chess Board

How many grains of rice are on a chess board if each square has twice the number of grains as the previous square.

Rich or Poor?

An interesting outcome of percentage increase and decrease

Design roads to connect four houses that are on the corners of a square, side of length one mile, to minimise the total length of the roads.

Same Series Sum

Find an arithmetic series and a geometric series that have the same sum of the first five terms.

Same Three Digits

Find expressions which contain indices and evaluate to numbers containing the same digits.

Seventeen Camels

Explain the mathematics of the classic ninteenth century fraction sharing story.

Simplify

Simplify an algebraic fraction

Single Fraction

Simplify an expression involving fractions, exponents and a quare root.

Speed Circles

Find the diameters of the circles in the corners of the square.

Sphere Hole

Find the volume of the remaining part of a sphere after a 10cm cylindrical hole has been drilled through it.

Square in Rectangle

Find the area of a square drawn under the diagonal of a rectangle

Square Root of 1%

What is the square root of one percent?

Tan 22.5

Find an exact value for tan 22.50 without using a calculator.

Test Scores

Explore the misconception that when adding fractions you add both the numerators and the denominators

Three Right Triangles

Calculate the lengths of the unlabelled sides of these right-angled triangles.

Transum Tonic

What is the largest number of bottles that it is not possible to buy if they come in packs of 6, 9, and 20?

Tri-Junction

A real life situation that can be analysed with the use of a tree diagram.

Can a quadrilateral have a straight angle?

Trig Blot

Find all the measurements of the given triangle.

Two Equals One

What is wrong with the algebraic reasoning that shows that 2 = 1 ?

Two real numbers

The sum of the reciprocals of two real numbers is -1, and the sum of their cubes is 4. What are they?

Unfinished Game

Share the prize in a fair ratio according to the probability of each player willing.

Unlucky Seven Eleven

Follow the instructions to multiply a chosen number then explain the result you get.

Vowel Code

How many ways can you create a code for the vowels by assigning to each vowel a different vowel?

Weather Reports

Which five different integers multiply together to give 12?

What Question?

Write down all the possible questions that could have been asked if this was the diagram provided in a mathematics textbook.

X Divided by 2Y

Why do different calculators not agree on the order of operations?

Zero Even

Prove that zero is an even number.

Eric Levy, United States

Thursday, November 17, 2016

"Thank you for the podcasts! I really enjoy the puzzles. This relates to the 5/29/15 podcast re: coin flipping game that was stopped before completion. The flips when stopped were two Heads and one Tail. You indicate that the options on next 2 tosses are HH, TH, HT, and TT. Since the game stops when one person reaches 3 points, wouldn't HH and HT be the same, as the second flip isn't needed? This seems to match your ultimate answer of 75% and 25%, though ... with the person with Tails only winning with TT, which is 25% chance. I get the same answer but intermediate steps differ. Am I looking at this incorrectly? Thanks!."

Transum,

Thursday, November 17, 2016

"Dear Eric, Thanks so much for your observations and you are completely right. The only reason I chose to list the next two outcomes was to produce equally likely outcomes making the arithmetic very slightly easier. I am glad you enjoy the puzzles."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Ann, London

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"Hi there!
Great maths puzzles & activities. Thank you.