Ok, I realized that my puzzle was broken and my intended solution didn't work.

I'll leave it there so that the not-so-hard earned answer doesn't go away.



  1. Round to the nearest hundredth
  2. The equal sign need not be aligned.
  3. The 1st value can't be an integer
  • $\begingroup$ What does "||||" mean ? $\endgroup$ – klm123 Jul 17 '16 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ Does everything have to be in Roman numerals :8 $\endgroup$ – bleh Jul 17 '16 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ @klm123 I think it means $\require{cancel}\cancel{||||}-|$. So you might find $||||$ on a wall of a prison cell. $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan Jul 17 '16 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ I did a Google image search for “cuckoo clock face” and this (originally from here) was the first result.  I had to go down to the 23rd result before I found one that said IV. $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook Jul 18 '16 at 6:51

Can do it in $2$ moves

Moving an X from the LHS to become a 1/ on the RHS $$\frac{V}{X}=\frac{|}{\frac{||||}{||}}$$


Move 2 and remove 1:
$\dfrac{XV}X = \dfrac{III}{II}$


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