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The answer should be Here is how you do it.

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I think you are Explanation

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This sounds straightforward if

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Moving the left, middle and right matchstick you can make $49$...

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I think you have a Reasoning

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Revised answer: Grandpa's words are important here - we mustn't move the digits... or in fact do anything with the digits at all. Because what he wants us to do is: See as follows: Initial answer (revised after OP post clarification at +4): The two halves of this equation are equivalent if we write them as: Specifically:

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Here is another fairly lateral one:

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Alternatively, you are: If you 'take away two' - specifically: This would also work with matchsticks... (and a similar technique could be used to change (e.g.) 19 into 14, 29 into 24, etc...)

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You score your grids by The score is calculated from two pieces:

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As the answer from @StephenTG states, the secret is to Specifically, Implementing the necessary calculations in Excel: We can see that, as also stated in @StephenTG's answer, Higher finite scores are possible. For example, ... and revisiting it a little later, some minor tweaks improve this: Later, I finally got round to doing an exhaustive computer ...

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Demonstration:

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I think this might be the answer you had in mind! This is I think is the most canonical of my attempts. No change in character size and only using basic arithmetic without repeating or "abusing" operations Here is one which makes use of powers and some "abuse" of operations. Here we get a little more abstract. Summing from 1 to 1, i.e. ...

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Okay, because there are so many answers, here is what I thought:

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With all these mathematics going on, I have nothing to add:

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This is also (one would hope) not the intended answer, but I'll go with the garbagious That would be because to my eye white can only win by after which there are a lot of transformers, as The sequence seems forced: white wins this way, and any deviation from black leads to being down a queen. After this, the white king will step to b2, confining the ...

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Answer: x is That's because P.S.

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I think I got it! The answer is: And here's why:

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Another possibility similar to @Stiv's: Explanation:

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The same idea as APrough's answer, but presented visually instead of with words: 📅 🏠 🏜️ 🏜️ 🏜️ 🏜️ 🏜️ 🏁 0 🤠🍗🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗🍗🍗🍗 1 🤠🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗🍗🍗 1 🤠🍗🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗 2 🙂 🤠🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗🍗🍗 2 🙂 🤠🍗🍗🍗🍗🙂🍗🍗 3 🙂 🙂🍗 🤠🍗🍗🍗 4 🙂🙂 🤠🍗🍗 5 🙂🙂 🤠🍗 6 🙂🙂 🤠

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The symbols around the lower boxes are These form The solutions to that part: These solutions have an interesting property: And finally,

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To solve this puzzle, you must: Like so... not left + up = honest tear + boy = jail five + I = kiln recursion + maize + confident = recursion uncommon/back + rage/span = anagram

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Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Happy New Year!

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Alternative solution: Then here's how that works Here is the total number of rations and helpers required

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How about when written as: Also works with certain other powers of 10: hundred, million, etc...

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It appears that he is flying to because

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Possibly a little too lateral but if we And then We get which could be interpreted as

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