Disclaimer: This is a matchstick riddle, not puzzle. Oh, and everything is a clue.

matchstick equation equal to '19 = 94'

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    $\begingroup$ Would any of [visual], [enigmatic-puzzle], or [stenography] apply here? $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Feb 17, 2022 at 5:50
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    $\begingroup$ If this weren't a [riddle], I would do 19 = 19 :) $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2022 at 5:56
  • $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries: that could still qualify as a minor riddle: where did the two unnecessary matchsticks go/ get double-placed? $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Feb 17, 2022 at 7:05
  • $\begingroup$ @smci in risky's answer there is no unnecessary matchstick, just that the 9 is represented differently. $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Feb 17, 2022 at 7:22
  • $\begingroup$ @justhalf: I know, or equivalently you can hide the bottom-segment in both 9's by laying it on any other matchstick, and conform to standard 7-segment format. $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Feb 17, 2022 at 7:28

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The answer is: (Drumroll please)



The original movie It was released in 1990. You can make the matchbox thing say 1990 if you use the 2 sticks in the equal sign and the existing 4 in the 4. It would look like this

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    $\begingroup$ Great Job! I thought I made it too complicated... $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2022 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @AkshayaGunnam At first I did not understand the question then I solved it pretty easily. $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Feb 17, 2022 at 17:57
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    $\begingroup$ What does "it waste released" mean? Which movie? $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Feb 17, 2022 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ I think you mean: the movie 'It' was released in 1990. Actually it was a TV miniseries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_%28miniseries%29 $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Feb 17, 2022 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ @DrD My bad I meant was $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Feb 17, 2022 at 20:33

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