Category Archives: Matchsticks

Matchsticks – 3-1=8


1) 3-1=8?***/*****
Please correct the following equation by moving two matchsticks:


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New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Fridays.

Matchsticks – a diamond


Have a look at at this diamond – it is made up of 10 triangles.

Your challenges are:
1) 8 triangles**/*****
Move 4 matchsticks and have 8 triangles

2) 7 triangles**/*****
Move 4 matchsticks and have 7 triangles

3) 6 triangles**/*****
Move 4 matchsticks and have 6 triangles

4) 5 triangles**/*****
Move 4 matchsticks and have 5 triangles

You can check your solution here

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Fridays.

Matchsticks – 3-7=8?


1) 3-7=8?***/*****
Please correct the following equation by moving one matchstick:


1) 3-7=8?***/*****
Please correct the following equation by moving exactly two matchsticks:


You can check your solutions here

Originally I had only puzzle nr. 2. I’d like to thank reader Mr. Haubrich for pointing out nr 1.

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Fridays.

Happy new year!


What do you read when you superposition these three figures?

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New puzzles are published twice a month on Fridays. Solutions are revealed one or more weeks later.

This puzzle was inspired by the “100 doors” app, and by the Dutch translation of 1000 casse-tete et enigmas by Piere Berloquin.

Matchsticks – hexagon


Last month we looked at some hexagon matchstick puzzles, and this month features some more.

1) Move 4 matches**/*****
From the figure above, move 4 matchsticks so that you have 4 triangles on unequal size.

2) Move 4 matches***/*****
From the figure above, move 4 matchsticks so that you have 6 triangles again.

You can check your solutions here and here.

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

Matchsticks – hexagon


Matchsticks puzzles are over a century old, but seem to go through a revival with several apps featuring them.

1) Move 3 matches**/*****
From the figure above, move 3 matchsticks so that you have 4 same sized triangles.

2) Move 4 matches***/*****
From the figure above, move 4 matchsticks so that you have 4 same sized triangles.

You can check your solutions here and here.

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

Matchsticks – the T


Have a look at the following figure:
matchsticks-t-2017-01-20-exercise


You can easily check that 16 matches form 5 squares.

Move 2 matches**/*****
Move 2 matches to create 4 squares

You can check your solution here

Move 3 matches**/*****
Move 3 matches to create 4 squares

You can check your solution here

Move 4 matches**/*****
Move 4 matches to create 4 squares

You can check your solution here

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

Matchsticks – triangles (2)


3 triangles***/*****
Move 2 matchsticks to get 3 triangles:

matchsticks-triangles-2016-12-14-nr-2-exercise

You can check your solutions here.

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.