What is the biggest number you can make by moving exactly 2 matches in the number above?

Assume that numbers must be represented in their standard “digital clock” font (for example, a “1” requires two segments).

#### Solution

81151 is the biggest number.

The trick is you are not limited to just 3 digits! Break the “0” into two ones, and use those two matches to create a new “1” before the 5 (which gives you 15118). Then turn the whole thing upside-down:

## 13 replies on “Match Maximization”

980

47

1509

15118

81151

1503

999

980 …..I can’t see how some of these people end up with 1500 1200 by sonly moving two matches

985

51181

5118^11

1900

15118