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Q: How can you take away 8 toothpicks and have 3 squares left?
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Take 4 toothpicks and arrange them differently to have 3 squares?


Toothpicks with five squares move only two to make seven squares?

Note that the question does not say how the 5 squares are arranged. Let me specify one scenario: ____ |_|_| |_|_| |_| Take the two toothpicks from the upper left corner (the upper-right and the corner right below it will do too) and put them inside one of the remaining squares like a cross +. I can count 7 squares or 8 squares, depending on whether I count the square that contains the + or not. If your question can be more specific about the count of toothpicks, perhaps we can have a better solution. ======================

How do you make 5 squares out of twelve toothpicks?

You arrange 12 toothpicks into a large square, subdivided into four squares : 2 toothpicks on each side and four more, one each from the middle of the sides to the center of the large square. Now you have four (small) squares. Take away 2 adjacent toothpicks from the ones in the center, and you have 2 squares : one remaining small one and the large one that has the small one inside it. (see related link)

How do you take away 3 sides of 4 squares to form 3 squares?

Take away one side

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How can you take 9 toothpicks and make ten without breaking the toothpicks?

Arrange the 9 toothpicks thus: 7 + 3

Use 9 toothpicks to form 3 squares each side of which is a complete toothpick length?

Firstly, take out three toothpicks that form a triangle. You will be left with two triangles. Secondly, place all three toothpicks to form a triangle above the centre of the two triangles. Four small triangles and a large triangle will be formed, which makes them five triangles. Example: At first: /_\/_\/_\ Imagine that these are three triangles (nine toothpicks), with the sides joined. Secondly: /_\/_\ Imagine that you have taken away one triangle (three toothpicks). Thirdly: Place the three toothpicks to form a triangle above the two triangles. Imagine that the sides are joined. Four small triangles are formed. The four triangles make up a large triangle, which makes them five. /_\ /_\/_\

How do you move four lines from four squares to make three squares?

Not a clue. The correct answer is to take away a square. Since it requires 4 lines to make a square in the first place. Bam, just take away one of the squares. Pretty simple.

How many toothpicks does it take to spell HAT?

3+1+1=5 5 toothpicks

If you have 12 toothpicks that are put in four squares that are connected How do you move 2 to make 7 squares?

Take two toothpicks that create an outside corner. Cross them like a + inside one of the remaining boxes. Count the new four smaller boxes inside it as 4, the one they are formed in as 5, and the two untouched boxes as 6 and 7. (The trick is to remember to count the larger box the 4 are formed in.)

What is it from which you can take away the whole and still have some left or take away some and still have the whole left?


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