Sunday, May 20, 2012

In a click, it was done!

Don't Be a Spoiler


Anonymous said...

8 + 3 - 11 = 0
Kitty C

Anonymous said...

1 minute too slow, Go Kitty!

Anonymous said...



Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

8 + 3 - 11 = 0

Christ.. took some staring time before I got it... Now I need a drink.

Anonymous said...


Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

Alright I am a moron.. 6 + 3 - 9 = 0

Now I think I have to shoot myself

Anonymous said...

9 + 3 - 4 = 8


Anonymous said...


took about 10 min

6+3 - 9 = 0

it was a lot easier once I put together a little of matrix of the possibilities. I did miss that the 4 could be 11

8 + 3 - 4 = 0
- 0 - = 9 - 8
6 = 5 + 11 6

I might have missed one or two



DonM said...

6 + 3 - 9 = 0

10 seconds

Rodger the Real King of France said...

sorry Don= you moved two sticks

DonM said...

I moved one stick from the upper right verticle on the 8 and placed it on the top hoizontal of the 4.

That is one stick.


Anonymous said...

Move one stick in the 'equals' sign to make a 'greater than' sign

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Aha- I did the same as Kitty. S0 there's 2 answers. What a cheap exercise.

Anonymous said...

Maybe 10 seconds for the JLW III solution.
In school systems run by TRKOF, I expect notice to be given in future math texts to The Single Match Conjecture and The JLW III Solution to it.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Mile 66 said...

8-3-4 *whatever code meaning"not equal" * 0
By moving the vertical line of the + and placing it diagonally over the =.

DougM said...

I'll wager that some who claim to have solved it actually shifted a match, only to discover it didn't work, then claimed victory after finding a later solution; but the rule clearly said "shift one."
(What? Of course imaginary shifts count. You can't make any physical shifts on the diagram, so it must mean imaginary shifts. Plus, they're imaginary matches. If you propose that only physical shifts count, then you must also have solved the problem with real matches.)
Anon, the rule says "true equality," not "greater than."

Anonymous said...

I was told there would be no math.

Sir H the (evidently less than 120) Comet.

Alan said...

8 - 3 - 4 =/= 0

Or to put it in english, eight minus three minus four does not equal zero.

Anonymous said...

Three solutions in about 45 seconds:


I liked the "not equal to" solution the most (missed that one, idiot Kim).

Of course, I just finished Remedial Algebra 0310 at school, so maybe I had an advantage.


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