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Matchstick Angles Puzzler

The Puzzler


RAY: Here's the answer. By design last week, I suggested that you could use the third dimension to solve the puzzler. That was a clear misrepresentation. You don't have to use any stinkin' third dimension, it's all done on a flat tabletop.

With the four matches, take the two on the sides, and move them toward the middle. Take the two on the top and the bottom and move them toward the middle. What are you left with?

TOM: A Tic-Tac-Toe grid. One, two, three, four, there's 16 right angles.

RAY: QED. Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yeah we have a winner. It's Michelle Sumner from Tallahassee, Florida. Congratulations, Michelle! 

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