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Questions tagged [matches]

A puzzle from 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional geometry centered around matchsticks.

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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: ...
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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 ...
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Move a single match to make this expression true

Move a single match to make the following expression true: So far I've found 6 valid solutions, can you find all 6? (or more!) Edit: Lots of great, creative answers! All 6 I found are represented ...
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An animal out of matchsticks

Ok, I widely failed my two latest matchsticks puzzles, so here's another attempt, part of the 22nd Fortnightly Topic Challenge. As you can see, you have in front of you eleven matchsticks forming the ...
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Move just 1 match stick to make the 2 equations right

Move just 1 match to new position to make these 2 equations right.
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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 ...
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5008 out of the box

So I came across this puzzle somewhere: And the intended answer to it was: But that's pretty much straight forward. Thinking out of the box you can get a lot bigger "numbers" (values), for example: ...
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3 Squares Matchsticks

How can you move 3 matchsticks in order to make the above figure balance symmetrically? Note: Cutting through the center of gravity of the new figure must make 2 equal halves or sets (i.e. we seek ...
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What is the largest number you can create with 0000 by moving only two sticks?

Here's what I'm saying Moving 2 sticks, what is the largest number that you can create?
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Matchsticks for lengths

You have been invited to an $n$-dimensional universe, where $n$ is an integer greater than $1$. Here, matchsticks are idealised lines of unit length, and they can pass through each other. They want ...
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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.
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What is the shortest way to make an equality?

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. Rules: Round to the nearest hundredth The ...
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How many matchsticks minimum can you move to make this true?

Ok here are some rules because it would be too easy/too hard without them Round to nearest 100th The first number cannot be an integer Needs to be an equality No mixed numbers Hint:
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Move only 2 matchsticks to find the equality

Just move two matchsticks to find the equality in the equation below: Note: There are two reasonable answers.
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Can you solve the following equation by moving exactly 3 matchsticks? [closed]

If yes, how? (every line is a matchstick)+--------- | | | +---------+ | | | | | | | | | ...
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How many matches can you fit? [closed]

I have a board with some matches on it, in the shape of a number. By adding one match, you make a larger number appear than before. By adding a second match, you make it smaller. By adding a third ...
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Matchstick Puzzle from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Here's a puzzle from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean. Let me jojog your memory, it's from chapter 673. Any takers? Edit: Since there was an official answer found, I have marked that one ...
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Two Fuses Burn for 45 Minutes [duplicate]

You have two pieces of delay fuse. One burns for 1 hour and the other burns for 30 minutes. Without a watch, clock, or timepiece at all... can you beyond any shadow of a doubt tell me when 45 minutes ...
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Make 4 congruent equilateral triangles with 6 matches in 2 dimensions [closed]

How would you make exactly four congruent equilateral triangles with just six matches of equal length in two dimensions? No other triangles may be created when you are done. Matches may not be bent, ...
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A matchstick game

On the table there is a $9\times9$ grid made of matchsticks, so that each of the $81$ little squares is bordered by exactly four matchsticks. Alice and Bob play the following game. Alice and Bob move ...
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Arrange matchsticks so that

Your challenge is to arrange matchsticks to make a pattern. Matchsticks are all the same length and cannot be broken. These are geometric arrangements: Make 4 triangles using 6 sticks. Make 3 X's ...
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Ummm what day was it, a matchstick puzzle

XXIII ------- = II VII All you need to do is move one matchstick from the roman numerals to make the equation true.
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Turning a dog (Part 2) [closed]

Here is Mr. Dog, friend of Mrs. Goat. Move only two matchsticks such that Mr. Dog's head faces the opposite direction, i.e. to the right side. This is Part 2 of turning the animal series. See Part 1 ...
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Turning a goat?

This is a goat made up of 5 sticks. You have to move (change position) any one stick of them such that its head turns to the right side (above the right leg). Notice currently its head is on the left ...
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Another JCTI Puzzle

It is "find the next box matching the trend" sort of thing. The question as given is: I need to fill the blank area with the correct box given from 6 options: What I get from the question is that ...
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JCTI Test: Find the next box

This is a JCTI question ,where I need to fill up the blank spot by any of the 6 given boxes. I cannot understand from where these two balls within a single box is coming. All the previous boxes ...