05 July 2015

266. Create 6 rhombuses and 1 triangle

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This puzzle is similar to but slightly different from puzzle 233.

Shown in the figure are 7 triangles. Move 6 sticks to create 6 rhombuses (or diamonds) and only 1 triangle.

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04 July 2015

265. Move 4 to create 5 triangles

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Move 4 matchsticks to create 5 triangles. The triangles don't have to be equal in size.

03 July 2015

264. Square 4X4: Remove 4 Leaving 14 squares

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Remove 4 matchsticks leaving 14 squares. The solution must include squares with sizes 1X1, 2X2 and 3X3.

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02 July 2015

263. Move 1 stick to create 8 squares

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This puzzle is similar to but slightly different from puzzle 198.

Move only 1 matchstick to create 8 squares. 5 of the squares must be of size 1X1, 2 of size 2X2 and 1 of size 3X3.

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27 June 2015

262. Triangle 3X3 : Remove 6 leaving 3 triangles

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Remove 6 matchsticks to leave 3 triangles. The triangles don't have to be equal in size.

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21 June 2015

261. Remove 22 sticks leaving 4 equal squares

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Remove 22 matchsticks leaving only 4 squares. The 4 squares must be equal in size.

20 June 2015

260. Remove 3 sticks leaving 5 squares

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Remove 3 sticks to form 5 squares. The squares must all have the same size.

19 June 2015

259. Northerly Fish Southerly Fish

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Move 3 sticks to change the direction the fish so that it swims from North to South.

14 June 2015

258. Square 2X2: Move 4 creating 2 squares

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Move 4 matchsticks to create 2 squares. The 2 squares don't have to be of the same size.

13 June 2015

257. Move 4 to create 4 squares

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Move 4 sticks to create 4 squares.

Two of the squares must be of size 1X1 and the other two of size 2X2.

06 June 2015

256. Letters between the lines

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


All the letters in the figure above span over 2 lines. For example, the letter K spans over lines 2 and 3, the letter V over 3 and 4 etc. There is a very good reason why the letters are placed on the specific lines and you need to figure this out.

You now want to add the letter Y to the right of X. Show how you would place it so that it also spans over 2 lines.

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What you need to figure out beforehand is that all the letters can be extended to span span over 4 lines.

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31 May 2015

255. Remove 1 to leave 3 squares

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Remove 1 matchstick to leave 3 squares all equal in size.

30 May 2015

254. Form the correct equation

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


The equation above is false, but move 3 sticks to make it true.

24 May 2015

253. Matchstick Nodes: Three sticks

Easy Medium Hard Extreme

In Figure A below 3 matchsticks are used to create a node total of 9. How would you rearrange the same 3 sticks to create a node total of 15?

Make sure to understand the definition of a "node" and all the general examples as displayed below.

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The total of all the numbers in blue is 15.

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23 May 2015

252. Add 5 sticks to create 8 squares

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Add 5 matchsticks to create 8 squares. The squares don't have to be equal in size.

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There are 6 squares of size 1X1 and 2 squares of size 2X2.

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17 May 2015

251. Convert the key into 5 squares

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Move 6 matchsticks to create 5 squares. The rules when moving the sticks are:

1. The square on the far left of the figure must me left unchanged.
2. All the sticks don't have to be flat on the surface.
3. At least 3 of the 5 squares must be of the same size.
4. Each matchstick must be part of the side of a square.

09 May 2015

250. Small and big squares

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Rearrange the 8 matchsticks above to form 5 squares. The squares don't have to be equal in size and all the sticks must be flat on the surface. You can assume that the length of a broken stick is exactly half the length of a normal stick.

02 May 2015

249. Move 3 to create 8 squares

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Move 3 matchsticks to create 8 squares. All the squares don't have to be equal in size.

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There are 6 squares of size 1X1 and 2 squares size 2X2.

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25 April 2015

248. Turn the snake into squares

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Move 3 sticks to turn the snake into 2 squares. The squares don't have to be equal in size.

19 April 2015

247. Move 2 sticks to create 6 unequal triangles

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Shown above are 6 triangles equal in size.

Move 2 sticks so that you still have 6 triangles, but now the triangles must NOT be all equal in size.

12 April 2015

246. Roman numerals: 10 plus 10 is not equal to 10

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10 plus 10 is not equal to 10, but move only 2 sticks to make the equation true. Your answer must still be in Roman numerals.

05 April 2015

245. Move 4 creating 3 squares

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There are 5 squares of the same size in the figure above.

Move 4 matchsticks to create only 3 squares. The squares don't have to be equal in size.

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01 April 2015

244. Square 5X5: count the squares

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Only 4 matchsticks have been removed from the 5X5 square above. How many squares of any size can you find?

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Squares of size 1X1 = 17
Squares of size 2X2 = 4
Squares of size 3X3 = 1
Squares of size 4X4 = 4
Squares of size 5X5 = 1

A total of 27 squares.

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29 March 2015

243. Route map: The hexagon

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How many different routes can you identify to move from A to G? You may only move in the direction of the matchstick heads.

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There are 11 routes:

1. A B E G
2. A B D E G
3. A B D G
4. A B D F G
5. A C D E G
6. A C F G
7. A C D F G
8. A C D G
9. A D F G
10. A D E G
11. A D G

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22 March 2015

242. Move 4 sticks to create 9 squares

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Move 4 sticks to create 9 squares. The squares don't have to be equal in size.

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There are 7 squares of size 1X1 and 2 squares of size 2X2.

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07 March 2015

241. Value of ?

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What should the value of "?" be to form a valid row?

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The row consists of the upper sticks of the numbers 1 to 6 and the number 3 was missing.

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