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A matchstick puzzle is a rearrangement puzzle in which a number of matchsticks are arranged as squares, rectangles or triangles. The puzzles are not all solved in the same way, they require a bit of lateral thinking.


Matchstick Puzzle

Is a rearrangement puzzle in which a number of matchsticks are arranged as squares, rectangles or triangles. The problem to solve is usually formulated as move n (some specified number) matchsticks to make m (another specified number) squares (or triangles, or rectangles). However some of the puzzles require lateral thinking (methods of thinking concerned with changing concepts and perception) and are not just about making geometric shapes.

Below are some matchstick puzzles:

10 to 2 squares

Move 3 matches to make 2 squares - puzzle solution

Matchstickpuzzle 10to2squares
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

15 to 10

From this arrangement of 15 matches, remove 6 to leave 10 - puzzle solution

Matchstick puzzle 15to10
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

Swimming Fish

Turn the fish around by moving only 3 matches, no overlapping - puzzle solution

Matchstick puzzle swimmingfish
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

Then try and turn the fish by moving only 2 matches, no overlapping - puzzle solution

16 squares to none

Remove 9 matches so that no square (of any size) remains - puzzle solution

Matchstick puzzle 16squarestonone (Click to enlarge)
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

3 squares to 5

Move 6 matches so that 5 squares are formed - puzzle solution

Matchstick puzzle 3squaresto5
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

Make 3 squares

Move 3 matches to get 3 perfect squares - puzzle solution

Matchstick puzzle make3squares
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.



Puzzle Solutions - A matchstick puzzle solution is a solved matchstick puzzle. A matchstick puzzle is a rearrangement puzzle in which a number of matchsticks are arranged as squares, rectangles or triangles.

The most relevant links we could find, placed here free

15 Match stick Puzzles - with solutions and downloadable pdf from Puzzle Playground. www.puzzles.com

Matchstick Puzzle by DS - is a game for the Nintendo DS by Mercury Games. It has more than 150 different puzzles. www.mercurygames.com

Matchsticks - is a game by Novel Games. You can play online or download and install on your Windows PC to play (the .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed and an internet connection needed for the game to run). www.novelgames.com

Ze's Matchstick Puzzle Game - Play these flash based match stick puzzles online. Solutions provided. www.zefrank.com

Match stick Puzzles - About 20 puzzles with solutions - fun for all ages. www.learning-tree.org.uk

10 Match stick puzzles - with solutions. www.brainden.com

7 Match stick puzzles - with solutions. www.blifaloo.com


Divide by 2

Use the four matches to divide the large square into 2 parts of the same shape. Use the matches without breaking or overlapping them - puzzle solution

Matchstick puzzle divideby2

Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

3 Triangles to 4

Move 3 matches to make 4 equilateral triangles, no overlapping - puzzle solution

Matchstick puzzle 3trianglesto4
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

4 Squares to Many Matchstick Puzzle

Take this arrangement and with the following moves:

Matchstick puzzle 4squarestomany
Thanks go to Learning Tree for use of their puzzle image.

Move 2 matches to make 7 squares - puzzle solution 1

Remove 2 matches and leave 2 squares - puzzle solution 2

Move 3 matches and leave 3 squares - puzzle solution 3

Remove 3 matches and move 2 to form 3 squares - puzzle solution 4

Move 4 matches and form 3 squares - puzzle solution 5

Remove 1 match and move 4 to make 11 squares - matchstick puzzle solution 6

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