# Play with matchsticks

By moving only 1 matchstick make the equation correct (not equal and > and < are not allowed).

Maybe we can simply...

multiply?

Edit: We can also...

Move the highlighted match and flip our perspective by 180 degrees to get 6 = SIX

• finally. both are correct but 6=six is what i expected. Feb 12, 2022 at 12:16

Take the upper right matchstick from the 9 to turn it into a 5. Place it across the middle of the second 1 to turn it into +. You now have 1 + 5 = 9. Look at it upside down and it's 6 = 5 + 1

• A lopsided operation symbol for sure, but it seems valid to me. Nice job!
– Avi
Feb 12, 2022 at 3:48
• hmm, it's close to intended answer. Feb 12, 2022 at 7:59

Inspired by others, with little lateral thinking if any.

i.e. $$1^1 9 = 9$$

• Very nice idea!
– Avi
Feb 12, 2022 at 21:31

Not proud of my solution.

Take a match from a "1", light it, burn the 3 others to get 9=9.

• It was an interesting solution ;D Feb 11, 2022 at 20:43

May be a long shot

Move one of the matchstick from the second I and join it to its bottom matchstick to create v. Then rotate the image to get

6 = 6 ^ 1

Shortening DrD shot:

Move second "1" down, just placing the top stick below the one below, so rotating 180 degrees you see: 6^1*1=6 . Without the operators ofc :)