It’s maths o’clock!
Whether you take maths classes regularly or it’s been a minute since you last quadraticked an equation, maths riddles are for everyone. From maths for adults (like calculating what time you need to start cooking if the turkey takes 40 minutes per kilogram and the guests arrive at 2 pm) to maths riddles for kids who like to have fun with numbers, maths is a part of all our lives. You don’t have to be a maths whiz to challenge yourself with these puzzles. We’ve ranked them from easy to hard, so you can warm up with some simpler maths riddles and end with the real head-scratchers. After all that number crunching, you’ll be ready for even more challenging riddles. There’s nothing like that “A-ha!” feeling when you crack a difficult riddle (or even an easier one), so let’s get started!
Easy maths riddles: Crazy 8s
Using only addition, add eight 8s to get the number 1000.
888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000. This is the kind of number riddle you can work out with times tables, or by simple logic. First, get as close to 1000 as you can (888). From there, it’s easy to figure out the rest.
Easy maths riddles: Farm life
In reply to an inquiry about the animals on his farm, the farmer says: “I only ever keep sheep, goats, and horses. In fact, at the moment they are all sheep bar three, all goats bar four, and all horses bar five.” How many does he have of each animal?
The farmer has 3 sheep, 2 goats, and 1 horse. You can solve this easy maths riddle with a quick hypothetical. Take sheep: we know that there are three animals that are goats and horses, so we suppose there are two goats and one horse. Checking this hypothesis gives us three sheep, which works out because there are four non-goats: three sheep, and one horse!