17 September 2017

550. Move 3 to form 4 squares

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There are 5 equal squares in the layout above. Move 3 matchsticks to have only 4 squares equal in size.

16 September 2017

549. Divide the square into 2 parts

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5 matchsticks, placed horizontally and vertically, divide the square into 2 equal parts as shown above. The 2 parts are equal in shape and size. Another obvious solution would be 1 vertical and 4 horizontal matchsticks based on the same principle.

But there is another clever solution! In what other way can you place the 5 matchsticks inside the square to divide it exactly into 2 parts equal in shape and size?

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AC is exactly the length of 3 matchsticks and BC exactly 4 matchsticks. Applying the Pythagoras's theorem you can proof that AB is exactly the length of 5 matchsticks:
(AB)² = (BC)² + (AC)²
(AB)² = 16 + 9
(AB)² = √25
AB = 5

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09 September 2017

547. Pathway with 14 matchsticks

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This puzzle is similar to numbers 492 and 502.

14 matchsticks are used to form a pathway as shown above. The challenge is to start at a point, move in the direction of the matchstick heads and visit each of the 7 matchsticks only once.

A solution is not possible in the existing figure above, but by changing the direction of only 1 matchstick it can be achieved. Which matchstick would you change and can you find the pathway?

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The direction of matchstick 3 is changed.

One pathway is to start with matchstick 1 and end with matchstick 14.

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03 September 2017

546. Change to two

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Somebody writes the above on a piece of paper. The answer is obviously 1, but what action can you perform to make the answer 2?

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Turn the page upside down then 8-6 equals 2.

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02 September 2017

545. Divide into two identical pieces

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Add 10 matchsticks to the square above to divide it into 2 pieces. The 2 pieces must be equal in size and shape.

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There are also other variations of this solution.

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01 September 2017

544. Move 3 to form 2 squares

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Move 3 matchsticks to form 2 squares.

An easy one, but how quickly can you solve it?

27 August 2017

543. Four to two triangles

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Move 4 matchsticks to create 2 triangles. The rules are:

1. The 2 triangles must be equal in size.
2. No other triangles other than the 2 in your solution are allowed.

26 August 2017

542. One third

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Rectangle A is one third of the size of rectangle B with 6 and 14 matchsticks used in A and B respectively.

Transfer 1 matchstick from B to A which means you now have 7 matchsticks in A and 13 matchsticks in B. Create 2 new shapes, not necessarily rectangles, with shape A still one third of the size of shape B.

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There are also other variations of this solution.

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20 August 2017

541. The TOWN named OE

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Ōe is a town in Yamagata, Japan.

Remove 2 to leave 1. (Yes, think differently about this one!)

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Look at every second letter. It spells the words TWO and ONE. Removing TWO leave you with ONE.

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19 August 2017

540. Two triangles

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Move 3 matchsticks to create 2 triangles. The triangles may differ in size.

13 August 2017

539. Rectangle 4X3: Remove 4 to leave 10 squares

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


TAKE AWAY 4 matchsticks to leave 10 equal squares.

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There are also other solutions.

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12 August 2017

538. Mathematical: 5 plus 1 is not 2

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


MOVE 3 matchsticks to make the equation true. Can you find all 3 solutions?

06 August 2017

537. Reduce the area to 8

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


This puzzle is similar to but different from number 479.

If the length of 1 matchstick is 1 unit, the area of the shape above is 12 square units. Move 8 matchsticks to reduce the area to 8 square units.

05 August 2017

536. Seven sections

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


Add 3 matchsticks to the layout above to create 7 sections with each section holding 1 broken matchstick each.

30 July 2017

535. Smallest number

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


TAKE AWAY 3 matchsticks to form the SMALLEST possible number.

29 July 2017

534. Count the triangles

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


How many triangles in the figure above?

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There are 15 triangles in total.

Size 1X1: 3 (BED, CFE and EJH)
Size 2X2: 4 (AFD, CKH, BJG and ENM)
Size 3X3: 4 (AKG, COM, BNL and ERQ)
Size 4X4: 3 (AOL, CSQ and BRP)
Size 5X5: 1 (ASP)

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23 July 2017

533. Reversed Tic-Tac-Toe

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You are playing REVERSED Tic-Tac-Toe. This means the LOSER is the first player with 3 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal).

The next move is yours. Where would you place the broken matchstick with head to guarantee yourself a win?

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You can place the broken matchstick with head on any of the open places as long as it does not form a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal).

Below is one example:
Place your broken matchstick in the middle top row as shown above. The other player can now only play position 3. (1 or 2 would make him/her a loser). Thereafter your move could be 1 or 2.

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22 July 2017

532. The 3 square matchsticks

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The matchsticks cover an area of 3 square matchsticks. Unfortunately 2 of the matchsticks have not been used. Move 4 matchsticks to still cover an area of 3 square matchsticks, but now all the matchsticks must be used.

16 July 2017

531. Move 4 to create 6 squares

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Move 4 matchsticks to form 6 squares. The squares may have different sizes.

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There are 4 small squares and 2 bigger squares (ACGE and BDHF).

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15 July 2017

530. Square 3X3: Remove 6 leaving 5 squares

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There are 14 squares in the figure above: 1 big square (3X3), 4 smaller squares (2X2) and 9 small squares (1X1).

Take away 6 matchsticks to form 5 EQUAL squares.

08 July 2017

529. Take away 4 to leave 7 squares

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Take away 4 matchsticks to leave 7 EQUAL squares.

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There are also other solutions.

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06 July 2017

528. Mathematical: 8 minus 2 is not 4

Easy Medium Hard Extreme


The equation is not true, but move 3 matchsticks to make it true.

Can you find all 3 solutions?

25 June 2017

527. Windmill to 8 triangles

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Convert the windmill to 8 triangles by moving 3 matchsticks. The 8 triangles may differ in size.

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There are 6 small triangles and 2 bigger triangles. (ACE and BFD)

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24 June 2017

526. Move 4 to create 2 squares

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Move 4 matchsticks to create 2 squares. The 2 squares don't have to be equal in size.