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

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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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What is the minimum number of matchsticks that you can use to build expressions having the following results?

Instructions You have a bag containing infinite number of matchsticks all having the same cuboidal shape and size. Digits can be made using these matchsticks: $0$ takes 6 matchsticks $1$ takes 2 ...
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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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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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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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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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Out of Glass Puzzle (MatchStick Puzzle)

The object is to move 2 matches to get the bluebottle to fly outside the glass. At the finish, the glass may be turned in any direction, but it must be exactly the same shape as before.
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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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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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Can you solve the following equation by moving exactly 3 matchsticks? [closed]

If yes, how? (every line is a matchstick)+--------- | | | +---------+ | | | | | | | | | ...
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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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Find seven points so any three contain two of distance one

Choose 7 distinct points in the Euclidean plane so that among any 3 of those points, there are (at least) 2 that are a distance of exactly 1 apart.
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 Puzzle [closed]

Move two matchsticks to make 2 E's. (The Matchsticks cannot be stacked onto each other).
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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 matchsticks. Also, an arrow is not what I am ...
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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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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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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 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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