- 02 Jun '07 01:31

Congratulations, and to the person before you too, you're smarter than me then by a factor of 30, then? Ah well.*Originally posted by AThousandYoung***e,n,t,e,t...**

Took me less than a minute.

Next question (which I will unashamedly admit I failed miserably at):

Imagine the following to be all made out of matches. Now move one match to make the equation true:

VI = II - 02 Jun '07 01:36 / 1 edit

I doubt I'm smarter than you. I can't solve most puzzles like this. I end up getting frustrated too fast. This one just happened to coincide perfectly with the first thought that jumped into my head as a strategy for analyzing.*Originally posted by abejnood***Congratulations, and to the person before you too, you're smarter than me then by a factor of 30, then? Ah well.**

Next question (which I will unashamedly admit I failed miserably at):

Imagine the following to be all made out of matches. Now move one match to make the equation true:

VI = II

New puzzle - Remove one match from the right and place it diagonally over the equals sign so that it now reads "does not equal".

Hey! Maybe I really am a genius! - 02 Jun '07 01:37

Move one of the I's diagonally across the equals sign, making it mean "not equal to." (so you have "five does not equal two," or "six does not equal one," if you prefer)*Originally posted by abejnood***Congratulations, and to the person before you too, you're smarter than me then by a factor of 30, then? Ah well.**

Next question (which I will unashamedly admit I failed miserably at):

Imagine the following to be all made out of matches. Now move one match to make the equation true:

VI = II - 02 Jun '07 01:39

Haha, that's what my father said too. Really, quite brilliant, but I'm looking for another solution.*Originally posted by AThousandYoung***I doubt I'm smarter than you. I can't solve most puzzles like this. I end up getting frustrated too fast. This one just happened to coincide perfectly with the first thought that jumped into my head as a strategy for analyzing.**

New puzzle - Remove one match from the right and place it diagonally over the equals sign so that it now reads "does not equal".

By the way my dad also explored the idea of moving one so that the V becomes an X on the left, so you have eleven = eleven with one in roman numerals and one in arabic, another interesting solution. However, there's yet another one... - 02 Jun '07 01:40

Ah, that's clever.*Originally posted by abejnood***Haha, that's what my father said too. Really, quite brilliant, but I'm looking for another solution.**

By the way my dad also explored the idea of moving one so that the V becomes an X on the left, so you have eleven = eleven with one in roman numerals and one in arabic, another interesting solution. However, there's yet another one... - 02 Jun '07 01:47 / 4 editsSee? Now that the first couple ideas didn't get the right answer, my brain just gives up.

How about picking up one of the matches of the V and pushing the other so it's vertical? Then I'm only "moving" one...directly anyway. The other one's moved by the match.

Maybe it hasn't given up yet.

I think I got it. Move one of the equals matches so it's angled and now reads "is greater than". It won't look perfect, because the other one will be horizontal and not angled, but it's an idea. - 02 Jun '07 01:58

You've got the right idea with making new symbols, now you just need the right one.*Originally posted by AThousandYoung***See? Now that the first couple ideas didn't get the right answer, my brain just gives up.**

How about picking up one of the matches of the V and pushing the other so it's vertical? Then I'm only "moving" one...directly anyway. The other one's moved by the match.

Maybe it hasn't given up yet.

I think I got it. Move one of the equals matches so ...[text shortened]... perfect, because the other one will be horizontal and not angled, but it's an idea.