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The brief stories below are taken from history, myth or fiction. Each one is accompanied by games and exercises in essential grammar and free composition, based on old school textbooks.

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Percentages
Work out these percentages in your head. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
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Maths Gym
An arithmetical puzzle combining addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and fractions.
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Subtraction
Take one number from another number. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
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Multiplication
Multiply two numbers together. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
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Addition
Add one number to another number. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
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Division
Divide one number by another number. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
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Twelve Times Table
Practise your twelve times table against the clock.
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Tagged Mental Arithmetic (9 posts)
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1 Percentages
Work out these percentages in your head. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
2 Twelve Times Table
Practise your twelve times table against the clock.
3 Twenty-Fives
Practise doing sums using multiples of 25, 50 and 75.
4 Multiplication
Multiply two numbers together. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
5 Division
Divide one number by another number. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
6 Addition
Add one number to another number. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
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7 Subtraction
Take one number from another number. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
8 Maths Gym
An arithmetical puzzle combining addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and fractions.
9 ‘Countdown’ Numbers Game
An arithmetical puzzle based on the popular TV show.
which is ‘English Style’ ?

Word Play: Opposites

Suggest words or phrases that are opposite in meaning to the words below.

Yield. Understand. Know.
The unsung surveyor from Cheshire, who built railways and made friends across the world.
By William Ewart Gladstone
(1808-1898)
William Gladstone explains that a truly ‘exceptional nation’ respects the equality and rights of all nations.
By William Ewart Gladstone
(1808-1898)
William Gladstone warns voters not to leave foreign policy in the hands of interventionist politicians.
By Samuel Smiles
(1812-1904)
George Stephenson won the admiration of French navvies by showing them how a Geordie works a shovel.
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Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Polyword ‘Garden’
Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

Note: You can find more Polywords and other games on our Nine Lives puzzle page, and most of our stories are accompanied by games with words, grammar and numbers.

More Puzzles
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with BEEF and finish with STEW.
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.
Do you know ‘withdraw’ (7 letters), and ‘domesticated’ (4 letters)?
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with FULL and finish with STOP.
See if you can guess these words letter-by-letter.
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letters game

Make words from two or more of the tiles below. What is the highest-scoring word you can make?

Press enter or type a space to see feedback on your word.

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numbers game

Work across from the number on the left, applying each arithmetical operation to the previous answer. What’s the final total?

Tip: Click any of the four inner squares to check your running total.

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