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    Give us feedback on the site, suggestions for improvements or ask the community a question.
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    The user registration and password requirements have also had to be increased again due to drug advert SPAM posts
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    Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:31 am
  • Submit your own puzzles
    Upload your own puzzles here, ideally with the solution as a reply to your puzzle.
    You can attach a photo of the puzzle or try to describe it (much much harder). Once we have verified the puzzle we will add it to the main puzzle page
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    Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:38 pm
  • No unread posts Swimming Fish
    Move 3 matches to turn the fish around
    (Harder) move just 2 matches to turn the fish

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by admin View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:47 pm
  • No unread posts Turning the Donkey
    Thanks to Caleb M. Rosenberg for this puzzle which he learned from a waiter named Bomin from the Philippines.
    Move 1 matchstick to turn the donkey

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:04 pm
  • Downloads
    A printable puzzle sheet for you to use at quizzes, parties, team events etc.
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    Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:20 pm
  • No unread posts 2 Squares to 3
    Move 4 matches to make 3 squares - (puzzle supplied by Mike Daigneault, solution supplied by us, alternate solution supplied by David Tiffany)

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:33 am
  • No unread posts 10 to 2 Squares
    Move 3 matches to make 2 squares - (puzzle supplied by Tabitha King)

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by GlocKskix View the latest post
    Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:00 pm
  • History of Matchstick Puzzles
    These are derived from matchstick puzzles popular from the time when candles and gas lighting meant that almost everyone carried a small box of matches with them. As a pastime, many would know of examples of these lateral thinking puzzles.

    We can supply pre-made kits of matchstick puzzles with full instructions and safe sticks - they make an ideal activity for a club! Contact us for more details of prices and ordering details.

    If you want to give these puzzles to children to try, please avoid using live matches. Toothpicks are much safer!

    Solutions are given to each puzzle but remember - you will get much more from solving the puzzle yourself rather than from just being told the solution, and they do all have a solution.

    The puzzles are not all solved in the same way, they require a bit of lateral thinking and in fact are a good way of exercising different parts of your brain and different thinking styles.

    To see the solutions, simply click on the puzzle title

    Why not give them a go!
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  • No unread posts 15 to 10
    From this arrangement of 15 matches, remove 6 to leave 10 - (puzzle supplied by Bill Cramp)

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:33 pm
  • No unread posts 5 Squares to 4
    Move 2 matches to new positions to get only 4 squares, no overlapping or loose ends

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:19 pm
  • No unread posts 5 Squares to 4 again
    Move 3 matches to new positions to get only 4 squares, no overlapping or loose ends

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by BREE View the latest post
    Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:16 pm
  • No unread posts 16 Squares to none
    Remove 9 matches so that no square (of any size) remains

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:41 pm
  • No unread posts 3 Squares to 5
    Move 6 matches so that 5 squares are formed

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by SHooLCdrum View the latest post
    Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:51 pm
  • No unread posts Make 3 Squares
    Move 3 matches to get 3 perfect squares

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:43 pm
  • No unread posts Divide by 2
    Use the four matches to divide the large square into 2 parts of the same shape. Use the matches without breaking or overlapping them

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:44 pm
  • No unread posts 3 Triangles to 4
    Move 3 matches to make 4 equilateral triangles, no overlapping

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by ggudzenko View the latest post
    Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:44 pm
  • No unread posts 4 Squares to Many
    Starting each time with this arrangement:
    Move 2 matches to make 7 squares
    Remove 2 matches and leave 2 squares
    Move 3 matches and leave 3 squares
    Remove 3 matches and move 2 to form 3 squares
    Move 4 matches and form 3 squares
    Remove 1 match and move 4 to make 11 squares

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jaiswalnilesh View the latest post
    Fri May 25, 2012 4:18 pm
  • No unread posts 3 to 6
    Make these 3 matches into 6, no breaking into pieces

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:57 pm
  • No unread posts Wheel to 3 Triangles
    Move 4 matches to form 3 equilateral triangles

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:58 pm
  • No unread posts 5 add 6 makes 9
    Add 5 matches to these 6 matches and make 9

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:59 pm
  • Forum locked 6 plus 4 = 4
    Can anyone solve this puzzle from Gabriel, moving only 1 matchstick?
    So far we have 3 correct solutions posted, if you have an alternative solution please post it in the forum by clicking on puzzle title above

    Sadly this forum has had to be locked due to the amount of SPAM posts
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    Last post by Tombomb250 View the latest post
    Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:06 pm
  • No unread posts Cross to 6 Squares
    Move 3 matches to make 6 identically sized squares

    I don't have a solution yet, if you have any ideas please post theme here by clicking on the puzzle name above
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    Last post by jackyzai View the latest post
    Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:38 pm
  • No unread posts Ice in the Glass
    (Easy) Move 3 matchsticks and reform the glass in the same shape so the ice is outside it
    (Harder) Move 2 matchsticks and reform the glass in the same shape so the ice is outside it.

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:35 pm
  • No unread posts 7 to Nothing
    From these 7 matches, take 1 away and move 2 to leave nothing.

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:36 pm
  • No unread posts Square
    Move one match to make a square.

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:37 pm
  • No unread posts 4 Triangles
    Use 6 matches to make 4 equilateral triangles (no broken matches)

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by icodia View the latest post
    Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:30 am
  • No unread posts 2 Triangles to 4
    Move 1 match to make 4 triangles

    Click on the puzzle title above to see the solution
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:10 pm
  • No unread posts 6 Touching
    Rearrange the matchsticks so that all 6 touch each other
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    Last post by jimwsmith View the latest post
    Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:20 pm

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