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

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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 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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Touching Matchsticks

You are asked to place matchsticks on a flat surface such that each matchstick end meets three others, and no matches cross. It is easy to achieve this for patterns that extend indefintely: The ...
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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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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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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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Touching matchsticks with compass and straightedge

The question Touching Matchsticks asked for the smallest matchstick graph where every node is connected to four distinct edges. The Harborth Graph is the smallest such, with 104 edges connecting 52 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...