Hagley and Trench's Beautiful Mathematical Puzzles for Pleasure is a collection of beautiful maths puzzles devised by maths teacher Alison Hagley and artist Cally Trench, designed to appeal to adults (and children) as a rewarding and relaxing pleasure. There are no written instructions; the pictures are the puzzles. We hope that you will enjoy working out what the puzzle requires from the pictures, and take pleasure in finding the solution. The puzzles are not graded in difficulty so as to avoid preconceptions about the ease with which the puzzle should be solved.
Some of Hagley and Trench's puzzles are included in Write Read Puzzle, published by Artlink / Oxford Hospitals Charity (2020), a booklet of entertainnments for people in or visiting hospital.
Alison Hagley is a mathematics teacher at a comprehensive school in Bushey and has been teaching for fourteen years. She has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences from the Open University. She is fascinated by solving mathematical puzzles and games. As a teacher, she has observed that students enjoy visual puzzles and the lack of instructions, and that they take pride in the journey to find a solution.
Click on each image for a free downloadable pdf version of the puzzle. The solutions (in black and white) are on the second page of each pdf.