Puzzle of The Week

is creating a free, international puzzle competition for schools

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Puzzler TWO the ROOTs

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Fantastic, you're helping out! You can access our posts and messages in which we'll post puzzles ideas in development, ask your opinions, and answer your questions. You can feel great about yourself!
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Not just a patron, a Pi-tron

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Amazing, you're really helping out now! We'll take puzzle requests from patrons at this tier, so if you like a particular topic or previous puzzle just let us know and we'll write a puzzle that suits you for the competition.
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  • Puzzle requests

Tau-rrific Puzzler

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Wow, what generosity! If you can help out this much then we'll be able to start developing loads of our ideas. We'll put your name on the site and write a puzzle just for you with your name in it.
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  • Puzzle requests
  • Your name on the site
  • Your name on a puzzle




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Our aim is to engage as many people as we possibly can with mathematics. Because of that, Puzzle of the Week has always been completely free to the hundreds of schools that have registered from dozens of different countries since its inception in 2016.

The site is run by two volunteers (Andrew Sharpe and Jennifer Dickson) who give up their time to write the puzzles, communicate with teachers and manage the tens of thousands of entries that are submitted to each annual competition.

Puzzle of the Week provides a fantastic opportunity for young mathematicians to develop their problem solving skills and raises the profile of mathematics in every school that registers. However, we need your help to keep the competition running and to keep it free for everyone, no matter where in the world they are, rich and poor alike.

As the site has grown, the required work load and financial costs have grown too. In order to keep the competition viable in the long term we must either recruit lots more volunteers or start generating some income. As we want to keep the site completely free, we've launched this Patreon account to help us find generous people with a passion for education who can help us out.

We hope you're here to donate out of the goodness of your own heart but we do also have some exciting patron-only content for those who help out:
  • You can see puzzles posted in their draft form whilst they're in development, giving you a chance to try them early (and to see some puzzles that nobody else ever will).
  • We'll discuss extra extensions to the puzzles and hope to generate some interesting discussions about different solutions.
  • You'll have a chance to ask us any questions you like about puzzles and the maths.
Your money will at first go towards covering the running costs of the site, which are significant. However, if we build up some proper backing then there are loads of exciting ideas and projects we have in mind and your money could help us get more mathematics to more people!
$24.89 of $64.81 per month
At £50 per month we've covered all the running costs of the site even after Patreon deductions! That's the plan.

It's a great start, but realistically the greatest expense of the site is the hours put in to it. If we can afford to work less on jobs that pay then we can really start to develop the competition properly!
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