# Matchstick Puzzle: 6758-267=3519

Move exactly 3 matches to correct the equation.

There are no spaces, just some room for possible matches. In the end we ignore all spaces. Digits that are not seperated by a plus, minus or equals to depict a number.

I think this is a hard one, if asking a person to solve with real matches.

Very mildly lateral

6136 - 2617 = 3519

• This is actually the one intended. Good job! Nov 23, 2022 at 8:17
• Good answer, "There are no spaces, just some room for possible matches." i.m.o. clearly hinted that 'mildly lateral' was intended. Nov 23, 2022 at 9:29
• @Retudin yeah, I noticed that, too, but wasn't sure. Nov 24, 2022 at 13:06

Solution:

3786 - 267 = 3519

Graphically:

• Wow, great! I didn't expect to find 2 other solutions. Nov 23, 2022 at 8:16

Here's another way to do it (very similar to fljx)

5786 - 267 = 5519

Graphically

Very wildly lateral

6186 - 261 ≠ 3519

• If we don't have a codified universal rule yet against changing = to ≠ in matchstick puzzles, we should. It's the most boring, unoriginal "solution" there is. Nov 23, 2022 at 7:17
• I wrote "to correct the equation". Is it still an equation using ≠ ? I'd say not. Nov 23, 2022 at 8:11