# Questions tagged [matches]

A puzzle from 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional geometry centered around matchsticks, often involving moving, adding, or removing some to achieve some defined goal.

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### Minimize 1×3 tiles on a 5×5 table to block any more 1×3 tiles

What is the minimum number of 1×3 tiles that can be put on a 5×5 table so that no more 1×3 tiles can be put on it? Borders of a tiles are parallel to sides of the table. It is 5 but I can not prove ...
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### How many matchsticks need to be removed so there are no equilateral triangles?

The puzzle is as follows [with minor copy edits for grammar]: By only using matchsticks of equal length a set of equilateral triangles has been built as indicated in the figure from below. With that ...
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### Matches to move in order to get right roman numeral over fifty

The riddle is as follows: The figure from below represents a set of roman numerals wrote in such a way that the sum is not correct. The numbers are arranged as: 50+12=51 How many matches minimum ...
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### Move 3 matches to maximize triangles

The problem is as follows: The figure from below shows 9 matches. If only 3 of them are changed from their positions, then what is the most number of triangles that can be made? The alternatives ...
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### Move 2 matchsticks to make the equation correct, and give 3 ways to do so

I am trying to solve the following matchsticks puzzle: Move two matches to make the following correct: You also have to give 3 ways to do so. Despite trying my best to solve this, I wasn't able to ...
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### Matchsticks: Fix the Equation

Here's a simple puzzle I just created: Move just one matchstick to fix the next equation:
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### Matchstick Problem: Turn 1 into 12 by removing a matchstick [closed]

Below are some matchsticks arranged to display an expression. Your task is to remove one matchstick so that the resulting value of the expression will be twelve.
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### How many steps for matchstick-Lychrel numbers?

The Lychrel number is famous in the recreational mathematics. The process about the Lychrel numbers reverses arrangement of the previous number. Mimicking Lychrel numbers, I would like to devise ...
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### Matchstick rearrangement: Zero to Hero

Below is an expression that has a value of 0. How can you move only three matchsticks for the resulting value to be 49?
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### Move just one match

Make a correct equation by just moving one matchstick! This is the source. Spoiler--source reveals answer.
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### Moving matches to produce largest possible number

María Lucía Uribe´s recent match-moving puzzle (Move matches and make largest possible number) begs for the following matter to be settled once and for all. If each of the numbers from 100 to 999 is ...
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### Move matches and make largest possible number

a) Move three matches to make the largest possible number. b) Do so moving four matches.
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### Matchstick puzzle that may or may not have a solution

Can you find a solution by only changing (moving) one stick? From my point of view I think I systematically exhausted all possible configs and I couldn't find a solution, so I think there is no ...
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### Math-stick problem [closed]

Here are 6 matchsticks. You should rearrange them, to make nothing But you should not waste or get other matchsticks
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### What was Matt's matchstick puzzle?

Something rather funny happened at our Puzzlers' meet the other day. "Oh hey buddy, can you hand me exactly 18 matchsticks? I wanna show you this new matchstick puzzle I came up with." Matt ...
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### 9-5=5? Matchstick problem

Move one matchstick to make an equality. Question made by me (Is this too easy?)
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### Move just 2 matchsticks to make three equally sized triangles

There are 9 equally sized matchsticks, move 2 to make 3 equal triangles
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### Matchsticks 9 + 9 = 8 [closed]

You are given the wrong equation (made out of matchsticks) 9 + 9 = 8 and you can move at most 3 matches. Your aim is to find all possible correct equations. Selected answer will be one that discovers ...
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### Move two matches (no [lateral-thinking])

Move two matches to make the following equation correct: Despite it commonly applying to puzzles of this kind, there is no [lateral-thinking] tag here, so no spelling out numbers, no turning the ...
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### Unexpectedly Difficult Matchstick Problem

The words say: 听说只有智商高达200的人才有办法打出来 (only people with 200 iq can solve this). 只移动1根火柴让算式成立 (move only one match to satisfy the equation) note: it is not my puzzle and i do not know the solution
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### Which number is next? [closed]

Which number will be in the next Box? *Just do not triffle that the numbers are in lighting match format.
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### 6+8=71 move two matches

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. Additional images - my attempts
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### Matchstick Puzzle [closed]

Move two matchsticks to make 2 E's. (The Matchsticks cannot be stacked onto each other).
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### What is ls Largest Number Formed by only moving two sticks in 508?

Tilting the Image is not allowed. You can cannot change order of digits. You cannot change the Size if Digits unless you are harry potter. You can increase or decrease space between digits though. ...
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### Move 2 matches to solve this equation, 28 + 3 = 26

Please help me solve this equation, 28 + 3 = 26, I tried plus and minus equations, but I can't seem to solve this puzzle
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### Matchstick puzzle with roman numerals

I got a puzzle from a book that asks to move one matchstick to get a valid equation. My "solutions" feels like cheating... Does anyone have a good idea? The original equation, layed out with matches, ...
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### Three sticks, three squares

There are 5 squares in this puzzle as shown in picture we have to pick only three match sticks resulting formation of exactly 3 squares. which numbers of sticks should be removed from the formation ...
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### A Matchstick puzzle with a little twist

Here is a matchstick puzzle with TWO (possibly more) solutions. There are two types of matchsticks. 1 Short (eight and = sign) Total 9 2 Long ( All ones) Total 4 Please move 3 matchsticks and ...
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### Who won against Whom

Five teams from five different colleges- S, K, M, V and N, participated in Champions League (ICCL) played in the year 2008. Each team played exactly one match against every other team. But due to some ...
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### Matchstick Puzzles

Puzzle #1: There is a matchstick: | Add 2 more matchsticks to make the number, 11. Puzzle #2: There is a palace made out of 11 matchsticks: Move 2 matchsticks to make 11 squares. Puzzle #3: There are ...
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### Self-describing matchstick number

The word "SIX" can be spelled with six matchsticks (if you'll forgive my "S"). What is the next whole number n that can be spelled (in English, in all capital letters) with exactly n matchsticks? ...
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### Make 37+32=55 correct by moving one match

Move $1$ match and make this correct. Rules: (added 8/23/2018 based on clarifications in comments) You can't break the match. You can't make an inequality sign, just change numbers and/or operators.
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### Correct the equation by moving $1$ match stick [duplicate]

Since $23$ and $7$ both are primes, so I am try to make $23$ to $14$ by moving only one match stick. But I am unable to do this. Any hints will be appreciated. Here note that the line divided by ...
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### Riddler: Matchstick Triangles

Starting with an equilateral triangle with 4 matches on each side can you make 2 smaller equilateral triangles by moving just 4 matches? Then can you create 4 smaller Equilateral triangles by moving ...
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### Matchstick Squares

Twenty-four matchsticks are used to create a 3 x 3 grid. Can you remove eight matchsticks from the configuration so that you are left with two squares that do not touch each other?
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### Moving matchsticks

There are 10 squares in the figure. Move 3 matchsticks to create 17 squares. Squares don't have to be equal in size?
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### Turning the Horse Part 3

Here's the sequel to Turning the Goat Part 1 and Turning the Dog Part 2 As Hobble the horse stood on the hillside staring at the hurdle below, he wondered if he would ever have the courage and ...
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### Find the next number in this sequence?

Well I have tried a few moves but don't get anywhere! The second number is the first by removing the bottom left stick. Also the fourth is the third by moving also the bottom left stick to the right. ...
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### Another simple matchstick puzzle

Seems like there's been lots of matchstick puzzles lately, so here's my take on it Move one matchstick to make the equality right. EDIT: There are a lot of creative answers, some good, and some ...
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### Matchstick puzzle with DOTS (points)

Here is a Matchstick equation using Matchsticks as well as Points (dots). Matchsticks and dots can be moved. By moving only 1 Dot and 1 Matchstick make the equation equal. No inequality or > or <...
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### Four matchsticks puzzle

Take 4 matchsticks and set them out in this pattern: VII In mathematics this is 7 in Roman numerals. Now move just a single matchstick and the answer should be 1 (one).
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### The Battle of Puzzlings

I present to you... The Battle of Puzzlings Your task is to turn 'one' into a letter representation of 1066 (the year of the Battle of Hastings): Rules Fewest moves wins. All matches must be used. ...
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### Don't settle for a billion [duplicate]

While Artur is willing to settle for a billion, I'd like a much bigger return on my two matchstick investment. Moving only two matchsticks, what is the largest number that can be created from the ...
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### Billion Matchsticks

A little twist on the "move the matchsticks" puzzle. I placed a bunch of matchsticks on my kitchen table and formed a number with them (6,111,100). I am asking, how can you move just two matchsticks, ...
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### Seven Matches Digits

a) Remove some of the match sticks from the above 2 x 2 x 1 surface grid to reveal the figures below. Rotation, flipping, segment sharing are allowed. b) Place some match sticks on the above 1 x 1 x ...
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### Matchstick puzzle next version

Here is a matchstick equation which is obviously wrong. 18019=1 Make the equation correct by moving "fewest" matchsticks (my solution involves 3 moves). You may use numbers, letters, Roman ...
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### Yet another matchstick puzzle

Inspired by this post, here there is my attempt at a matches' puzzle. The expression 1 = 850 - 9 - 6 is obviously wrong: move exactly three matches to obtain a correct expression. Rules are: This ...
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### Back to the Matchsticks Version 3

We start with 1=850-4-3 as the cotton swab equation, incorrect of course. By moving 3 swabs or less create a correct equation. It is a standard digital display. You may use numbers, roman numerals ...
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### Back to Matchsticks (cotton swabs)

A Matchstick puzzle with a twist. Make the following equation right by moving 3 or less cotton swabs. CX = LIII + V It is in Roman Numerals. Final equation must be in Roman Numerals. ...
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### Another Matchstick (cotton swab) puzzle

Here is another Matchstick puzzle. May be you have seen it. I have used Cotton Swabs in my picture below. I have used a digital display. ORIGINAL: 23 x 1 = 91 By moving THREE or less swabs make ...