# 7 Matchstick Equation Puzzles

In matchstick puzzles, you are presented with an incorrect equation made using matchsticks, and you must move 1 or more matchsticks to turn it into a valid equation.

You must use all of the matches, and you are not allowed to make an inequality symbol such as ≠, ≥, >, <, or ≤.

In each of these 7 fun matchstick equation puzzles, move exactly 1 match to fix the equation:

#### Click for Solution to 1 + 2 = 8

7 + 2 = 9

Bonus: find 2 different solutions!

8 – 4 = 4

0 + 4 = 4

11 – 4 = 7

5 + 7 = 12

6 + 3 = 9

#### Click for Solution to 5 + 9 = 9

5 + 3 = 8

6 + 3 = 9

Bonus: find 3 different solutions!

#### Click for Solution to 3 + 8 – 4 = 0

3 + 9 – 4 = 8

3 + 6 – 9 = 0

3 + 8 – 11 = 0

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1. #### Tony O'Connor

9 + 9 = 2
answer moving one match stick ?

• #### Impossible

This is impossible. I have tried for weeks

3+9=12

3. #### V

The solution to 4+4=7 is incorrect. You would have moved two matchsticks, rather move one matchstick and remove another, to get that answer. However, that solution would be correct if the equation was 4-4=7.

• #### BrainEaser

Thanks for the catch. It has been corrected now!

4. #### Anthony

1-9=5
answer moving one matchstick

5. #### John

Love these puzzles! They are perfect for my students. Thank you for posting them!

Question: On 6+4=4, you list 3 solutions, including 5+4=9. Traditionally, wouldn’t we need a second match to turn a 4 into a 9 (to have the horizontal bottom piece like clock numbers)?

Thank you again!

• #### BrainEaser

Good point, that was a bit of an inconsistency. I’ve corrected/removed that one now, apologies for the delay. Thanks John!

6. #### Elmer Smolnisky

Another solution for 5 + 9 = 9 is 6 + 3 = 9

• #### BrainEaser

Good find! Added now.

7. #### Akshita Raj Arora

77+77=77. Correct the equation.