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Matchstick Puzzles

Matchstick Puzzles
These puzzles require just very simple things to play with - matchsticks or toothpicks. This makes them very suitable to be used literally everywhere. And this feature makes this kind of puzzles as popular as puzzles with coins. There are many clever matchstick puzzles, both classic and modern, and here I'd like to present some of them.

Note that matchsticks in these puzzles are used as math segments of a unit length 1, and you should use matchsticks in full, with no loose ends. Also, it's not permitted to bend, break, and/or overlap matchsticks.
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Important: All puzzles are published here with the kind permission of their authors, where applicable. Copyright to all presented puzzles stays with their respective authors, unless otherwise is stated.
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Printable Puzzle    

Printable Puzzle: To solve the puzzles presented here you can print them. While at the puzzle's page, click the respective image marked with the pictogram shown at left to go to a new window with the puzzle; then you can print it. Note that all these puzzles are copyrighted, so you can print them for your own use only, and not for any kind of commercial profit.
The Bat by Serhiy Jr. & Peter Grabarchuk
 
The Bat  
by Serhiy Jr. & Peter Grabarchuk
The Bat is formed of ten matches. The goal is simple: Move only three matches so that the Bat flies in another direction. Bear in mind that you have to use matches without any special tricks like cutting, breaking or overlapping...
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Square & Division by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
Square & Division
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Eight matches form a 2 x 2 square. With four additional matches divide this square into two parts of the same area and shape. But remember that you have to use matches without any special tricks like cutting, breaking or overlapping...
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The Factory Block by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The Factory Block
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
You have twelve matchsticks. Nine of them form the Factory Block shape. The goal is with the three remaining matchsticks to divide the Factory Block into two parts of the same area...
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