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## 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 ≤.

Try these 7 fun matchstick equation puzzles!

7 + 2 = 9

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## Matchstick Equation 4

Move exactly 2 matches to make this a valid equation.

Bonus: find two different solutions.

In matchstick equation puzzles, you are not allowed to make an inequality symbol such as ≠, ≥, >, <, or ≤. That would make it too easy!

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## Matchstick Math 3

Rearrange exactly 2 matches to make this a valid equation.

In matchstick math puzzles, you are not allowed to make an inequality symbol such as ≠, ≥, >, <, or ≤. That would make it too easy!

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## Leave Two Squares

Remove 6 matches from the diagram above to leave two squares, with no extra matches lying around.

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## Matchstick Math 2

Move exactly 1 match to make this a valid equation.

In matchstick math puzzles, you are not allowed to make an inequality symbol such as ≠, ≥, >, <, or ≤. That would make it too easy!

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## Matchstick Minimization 1

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

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## Matchstick Math 1

Move exactly 1 match to make this a valid equation.

Bonus: find two different ways to solve this.

In matchstick math puzzles, you are not allowed to make an inequality symbol such as ≠, ≥, >, <, or ≤. That would make it too easy!

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## Make Five into Four

Move exactly 3 matches to make these five squares into four squares of equal size, without any matches left over.

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## Four Squares Match Puzzle

Move exactly 2 matches to make these five squares into four squares of equal size, without any matches left over.

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## Four Triangles with Matches

Move exactly 3 matches to make these three equilateral triangles into four equilateral triangles of any size, without any matches crossing or overlapping.

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## Match Maximization

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).