# Matchsticks – the 3×3 square (1)

Remove 8 matchsticks so that you have
1) 5 squares left
(2 solutions, can you find them both?)
2) 4 squares left
3) 3 squares left
(2 solutions, can you find them both?)
4) 2 squares left

Safety matches, as we know them now, are not very old- they date from 1850â€“55. They have given rise to a vast array of puzzles – even my modest puzzle library has at least two books entirely developed to matchstick puzzles. Puzzles, like many other topics, are a product of the culture in a certain age. After matchsticks are replaced by other means of making fire, these puzzles will disappear.

If you are puzzled, you can look up the solution solution 1,
solution 2,
solution 3,
solution 4

You can find more puzzles of this type in one of our e-books

## 3 thoughts on “Matchsticks – the 3×3 square (1)”

1. lets number sticks in grid as
1 2 3 (horizontal first row)
4 5 6 7 (Vertical first row)
8 9 10 (horizontal second row)
11 12 13 14 (Vertical second row)
15 16 17 (horizontal third row)
18 19 20 21 (Vertical third row)
22 23 24 (horizontal fourth row)

Solutions
1a: remove 1, 4, 3, 8, 18, 22, 21, 24
1b: remove 2,3, 6, 7, 20, 21, 23, 24
2: remove 2, 9 ,16, 23, 11, 12, 13, 14
3a: remove 5, 8, 3, 7, 17, 20, 18, 23
3b. remove 6, 9 ,10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19
4a: remove 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 17, 19, 20
4b: remove 5.6, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 20
so fourth problem also has two ..solutions

2. Pragnesh Trivedi says:

Remove 8 matchsticks so that you have
1) 5 squares left
(2 solutions, can you find them both?)
2) 4 squares left
3) 3 squares left
(2 solutions, can you find them both?)
4) 2 squares left

How to find answer probability 8 matchstick remove and get 5 squares means How many answer of this question how to find.

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