Move 3 matchsticks from the number 808 to form the name of a country

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In addition to an earlier answer I add


Move the bottom match from the first 8 to leave A
Leave the O intact
Move the bottom left and upper right matches from the last 8 to leave S

Use these three matches to create a new L on the left.

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    $\begingroup$ This answer is exactly what was in my mind. The other answer in the thread came as a surprise! $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 10:58

I think the answer is


You remove

the middle stick from both "8's" and the upper right stick from "0" and with these three sticks you form the letter "T" on the left. The number 808 has now become "TOGO"

  • $\begingroup$ This answer was not in my mind at all. Even though the third letter is somewhat ambiguous, I accept your answer. I just feel the other answer in the thread is more concrete. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ No prob. I agree with you on that so I don't mind him getting the check mark. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 11:06
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    $\begingroup$ Since a T requires only two matches, we can use the third match to make the G look more like a G. PS: Weather Vane's gender is unspecified in their profile, so defaulting to a male pronoun feels like a sign of our unconscious biases. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 29, 2022 at 20:13

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