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

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

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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.

[Image Source: Brian Hoang/Quora]

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

[Image Source: Brian Hoang/Quora]

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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  1. Sagis

    Quite right! It seems like a good idea to me. I agree with you.

  2. Seaton

    Interesting solutions

  3. Charon

    Ugh, you bullshit!

  4. Atl

    A thousand thanks.

  5. Armin

    well them

  6. Erymanthus

    I think this is a wonderful idea

  7. Garmund

    Oh, this is something, I recently heard about this somewhere. Your opinion has reason to be. You understand what you write about. After reading a little, I would like to know more.

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