Can You Solve This Toothpick Puzzle That’s Stumping the Internet?

February 4, 2017

This toothpick puzzle has been floating around the internet for several years, but like all things viral, it recently cycled back into popularity. The objective seems simple: take these four squares and make them into three squares with just three moves.

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There are other stipulations for moving these 12 toothpicks (or, if you don’t have toothpicks, matches):

One move qualifies as moving a toothpick in any way.

The toothpicks have to remain touching in order for a square to be considered “closed.”

You can’t break the toothpicks.

Each toothpick has to be a part of a square.

All three squares have to be the same size.

If you think you can solve this, let us know in the comments below. We’ll give you some time before continuing on. Still stumped? Here’s the solution below. We’re going off “honesty is the best policy” and assuming none of you are cheating.

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Can you figure it out now? Was this your first move?

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The pieces are coming together now. What’s the final move?

[Image Source: Brian Hoang/Quora]

Did you get it right? Know of any other brilliantly simple brain teasers? Leave suggestions in the comments below!

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