# Make a square with matchsticks!

After the previous mat(c)h-stick puzzle, this one is relatively old.

Move only one matchstick to make a square.

• Nice puzzle. I have to say that I like both of the answers below, which makes the puzzle ill-defined, i.e. bad. Going to DV.... Just kidding. I keep that one in memory ;c) Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 18:10
• Thanks, i was just going through my questions and recalled this puzzle i had once thought of whilst playing with matchsticks :D Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 18:28
• What do you mean relatively new? New for you maybe, but not a new puzzle. Maybe even new to be online, but I would be surprised. I first saw this puzzle over a decade ago. I think in a book belonging to my grandmother. With @rgthree's answer Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 3:40
• I will one-up @Oxinabox and say I heard about this puzzle at least 20 years ago as a kid. So, no, not new by most definitions of the word. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 11:23
• @Oxinabox Ok, i think this is an old question so am updating the question. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 11:35

Move the left pointing stick slightly to the left so it's right end edge meets the other matchsticks' ends forking a square in the negative space.

• And gone in a jiffy :) Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 17:56

Move the right-most match to a diagonal between the top and left matches, making a 4, a square (number)

• While this is clever, since a match length is less than the diagonal, this doesn't really work. See a picture like i.sstatic.net/9bOZ4.png Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 0:32
• @MarkS.; well it sort of works:), anyway you can stick up vertically from the tip of left match to get an LED 4, or even claim its a nine
– JMP
Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 0:36
• @MarkS. Looks fine to me. I don't think that anyone will have difficulty recognizing your figure as a 4, just as people can read these fonts without any trouble. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 12:08
• @MarkS. It didn't state that the matches needed to be touching Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 0:58
• @MarkS. Or just arrange them in calculator fashion.
– Neil
Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 12:42

A match is easy to break

• Welcome to Puzzling.SE, nice out-of-the-box thinking! Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 8:17
• but impossible to break in HALF?
– JMP
Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 12:23
• @JonMarkPerry It is possible, isn't it? Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 12:29
• If impossible to break in half, also impossible to build exact-length and exact-width matches, so no square-making solution has a non-zero probability. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 15:38
• Even if it wasn't broken perfectly in half, the longer end could stick out some. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 16:25

Pick up one matchstick and look at the "safe" end. It's a square. (Generally)

or...

Move any of the sticks however you like. Then pick up a pencil and draw a square.

or...

Pick up a fifth matchstick and use it to light all sticks. If done on the right paper you now have a cross-shaped hole in the paper, creating four flaps. Fold back the flaps. The resulting hole is a square.

• Light the match and use the burnt match to write C. C is the square of X in roman numerals. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 23:40
• Or take the barometer to the building's superintendent and say "Hello Mr XYZ, I have here a very fine barometer, which I would gladly give to you if you will tell me the height of this building." Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 6:46
• Your first and third answers are clever but I don't see how the second one is "moving a matchstick to make a squaare". The use of the preposition "to" (rather than, say, the conjunction "and") implies that the movement of the matchstick causes the square to come into existence. Your second solution moves a matchstick and creates a square but there is no causal relationship between them. Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 10:02
• @FlorianF, you guys took it too far Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 9:59
• I would like to see more of this. Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 8:48

Select any matchstick to create a triangle, the write out formula for pythagoreans theorem A^2+B^2=C^2, the answer will result with (C) being SQUARED.

• Welcome to Puzzling! This question isn't marked [lateral-thinking] so this is not likely to be a valid solution. Commented May 15, 2019 at 16:18