by David, 17 February 2021 | 0 comments

Difficulty: Tricky Ollie the space octopus is lost! She’s trying to get back to her home planet – the blue circle – and she needs some help. Ollie’s spaceship has special engines. They cause the spaceship to fly in a straight line, but whenever they hit a yellow star, they must make a right-angle turn….

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by David, 21 January 2021 | 0 comments

Difficulty: Fun How well do you know your dice? A standard dice is a cube with six sides. Each side is numbered with a different number from 1–6. Most six-sided dice also have a special trick in the way they are numbered. If you add the number on the top and the number on the…

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by David, 7 December 2020 | 0 comments

Difficulty: Extreme I’m thinking of a number. When you add one and a half to it, you get the same result as if you multiplied it by one and a half. What’s the number I’m thinking of?

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by David, 25 November 2020 | 0 comments

By Rok Willesee Difficulty: Fun An engineer has asked you to help him count the number of triangles in this roof truss. He thinks there are five, but his boss thinks there are more. How many triangles can you see?

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by Fiona, 11 November 2020 | 0 comments

Abelina and Ben bought a bag of jelly beans, and decided to split it. When they shared the jelly beans out, they split evenly and there wasn’t any remainder.

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by David, 28 October 2020 | 0 comments

By Rok Willesee Difficulty: Tricky A scientist was looking back at notes they made about their experiments. Unfortunately, in one experiment the scales didn’t work. Can you help them work out what the weight should be in the final experiment?

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by David, 14 October 2020 | 3 comments

Difficulty: Taxing Jenny found a strange sum written on a piece of paper: EGG + EGG = PAGE Each letter represents a different digit, so P might be 1, for example. Can you work out what the sum really is?

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by David, 30 September 2020 | 0 comments

Difficulty: Taxing Grab a calculator (or a pen and paper) Choose a three-digit number (e.g. 123) Multiply it by 7 Multiply the answer by 11 Multiply that answer by 13 You will get your starting number written out twice! (e.g. 123 123) The question is, can you work out why?

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by David, 16 September 2020 | 1 comments

Difficulty: Tricky We’re going to make a magic triangle! Take the numbers 1–6 and arrange them in a triangle with three numbers on each side. Swap them around until the sides all add up to the same number.

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by David, 26 August 2020 | 1 comments

Difficulty: Taxing Here’s a beautiful artwork from 1895, titled Mental calculation. In public school of S. A. Rachinsky, painted by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky. Can you solve the puzzle the kids are pondering? If you can’t quite see the equation, here it is:

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