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Four to Three Squares

Genre: Matchstick Geometry Rating: 4 - Medium Source: Sam Loyd, Cyclopedia p. 244
Brain Functions: Visual Thinking, Lateral Thinking Hint    Solution

Twelve matchsticks are placed to form four small squares as shown. We can ignore the larger square that combines all four smaller squares. Move four matchsticks to form exactly three small squares. You must use all twelve of the matchsticks to form the squares. No matches can be removed or left over in your solution.

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