# A form of indication from matchsticks [closed]

Here is another puzzle involving matchsticks.

Move only three matchsticks to get a form of indication. You cannot break, stack, or remove the matchsticks. Also, an arrow is not what I am looking for :-).

Edit: You are looking for a word which is a form of indication.

I realized that this may be too broad so I have edited this puzzle.

• 3 match sticks out of all three? Or 3 matchsticks from each of them? – Techidiot Nov 22 '16 at 9:18
• The first option, obviously. – IAmInPLS Nov 22 '16 at 9:20
• @IAmInPLS Isn't the hint conforming with all 5 answers anyway? – oleslaw Nov 22 '16 at 10:57
• @IAmInPLS How to be less visual? :D – Techidiot Nov 22 '16 at 11:21
• @Techidiot By being more... "literal"? – IAmInPLS Nov 22 '16 at 12:09

This is what you are looking for! Good one @IAmInPLS

sorry for poor image edit

• what?! I tried to form this word several times :D – oleslaw Nov 22 '16 at 12:49
• @oleslaw before the edit, the riddle said "be less visual".. so i kind of tricked with length of a matchstick :P – th3pirat3 Nov 22 '16 at 12:51
• This is it! Good job. I need to do some rework on this puzzle though, I think it could have been a good one except it was too broad. – IAmInPLS Nov 22 '16 at 13:12

How I think this fits the answer:

Moving the bottom matchstick in each square, changes the squares to a square wave signal. A signal is a form of indication and so I have shown a form of indication. (This is validated by the fact that the squares are almost a matchstick length apart from each other.)

PS: Apologies for the shoddy image work, this computer has very limited capabilities.

• No cookie for you, but nice lateral thinking! – IAmInPLS Nov 22 '16 at 10:45

... you're It.

• What am I supposed to see? – IAmInPLS Nov 22 '16 at 9:16
• Three letters forming a word. The tag-line beneath the image (or this comment) should give it away. :) – Rubio Nov 22 '16 at 9:16
• What letters? Not clear. – IAmInPLS Nov 22 '16 at 9:18
• the word is tag? – lois6b Nov 22 '16 at 9:18

You can

move the matches to change nothing

And the result is

"OOO" (out of order) which is an indicator that the device with the "OOO" sign is not working.

This would involve balancing one match on it's end but...

Not sure if it is "less visual", but

indic is an abbreviated form of "indication".
At least a dictionary told me so.

Solution:

You pick three random matchsticks and move them to the place of the others so the image remains the same

because

The three squares represent an horizontal semaphore :D

• Aaaaaand... No! – IAmInPLS Nov 22 '16 at 9:08
• ^^' lateral-thinking takes the worst of me – lois6b Nov 22 '16 at 9:09

Is it -> (Sorry for bad art)

i.e. $0/1 = 0$

Hence

It is a form of indicating an equation or mathematics.

• why is that a form of indication? – lois6b Nov 22 '16 at 9:35
• May be it indicates an equation or math :D Not sure. Just gave a try – Techidiot Nov 22 '16 at 9:36
• hahaha ok, sure why not?XD – lois6b Nov 22 '16 at 9:37