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How can I make this equation true by moving two matches?

It's in a game "Smart Puzzles" - it's called Matches, and there are about 13 different games in it.


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    $\begingroup$ Move two matches to do what? To make the equation true? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 15 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ Just to be clear - can matches be rotated or can they only be lifted and placed? $\endgroup$ – Adam Sep 15 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ Yes the rotate when you put them where you want them $\endgroup$ – Ryan Bush Sep 15 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ I can't make it a times but I can make it a subtraction $\endgroup$ – Ryan Bush Sep 15 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ Just a quick note that you should generally only post a puzzle that is of your creation. $\endgroup$ – MobileGlick Sep 16 at 19:53
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Change the six to a nine, and the seven and one change places by moving the top match along : $9+8=17$.

Or:

Make the eight into a nine, and put the match into the six to make an eight. Same trick with $17$ to get $8+9=17$.

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    $\begingroup$ Alternatively, move the top two sticks of the seven and flip upside down $\endgroup$ – TheSimpliFire Sep 15 at 19:19
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Well you could easily

Remove the horizontal match from the $+$ then place it between $7$ and $1$. Now replace the horizontal match with the one in the middle of the $8$ to get $6+0=7-1$.

EDIT: If removing the bottom match in the $+$ isn't considered "one move" then you can just as easily move the top one and rotate the two moved matches to satisfy $6+0=7-1$

If there is some leniency for spacing you could also

Move the vertical $+$ match and horizontal $7$ match to make $6-8=-1-1$

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  • $\begingroup$ Massive nit pick, but the horizontal match in the plus is underneath, so technically this would involve moving three matches! $\endgroup$ – JMP Sep 15 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ @JMP clarification from OP - "Yes the rotate when you put them where you want them" so I could remove the top one instead and still replace it from the $8$ $\endgroup$ – Adam Sep 15 at 17:32
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Cheating, I know, but:

$$6 - 8 \ne 17$$

or

$$6 - 8 \ne 71$$

if you're lazy and only want to move one match.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think there's generally an unspoken rule in these kind of puzzles that you can't mess with the equals sign... $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman Sep 16 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ Hence "Cheating" @DarrelHoffman. *8') $\endgroup$ – Mark Booth Sep 17 at 12:16
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Not sure if this counts :)

Move one match diagonally across the equals to make it not equals, then move any other match so that the equation is still not equal.

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Another solution:

Move the top horizontal match of the 6 and the top horizontal match of the 7 to the 1 to make the latter into a 4.

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$6 + 2 = 7 + 1$ (two matches from $8$ to make a plus between $7$ and $1$)

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