This puzzle will put your knowledge and analytical skills to the test! The picture of four matchsticks arranged in a plus-sign shape with the red coated heads facing outwards contains a logistical problem that is stumping people left and right. The challenge posed by the image is the following; can you move only one match to make a square?
At first glance it looks simple and seems very straightforward, but once you start to try and solve the puzzle it becomes clear that this is not the easiest puzzle to figure out! The accompanying video that shows the match puzzle gives you only twenty seconds to try and figure it out before the solution is shown, so if you need more time be sure to pause the clip.
For those of us who can’t seem to come up with the solution, and there will be many people who are baffled by this one, try approaching the puzzle from another perspective. Think beyond the obvious routes you may have already tried to solve it with and focus deeper on any other possible alternative ways to go about making a square.
Puzzles just like this one are fun and entertaining ways to challenge your brain and mind. They can help to keep you sharp, engaged, and occupied so if you ever need something to do look them up because there are all sorts of brain teasers, riddles, and similar types of puzzles and problems online. Also, they work wonders for keeping young children busy and they actually have an easier time solving puzzles like this. That’s because kids are more simplistic in their approach to things like this and look at challenges posed from different angles, whereas adults look for sequences and patterns to automatically jump out at them. When nothing stands out and they can’t figure it out, older people give up and skip ahead to the solution without even really ever having tried to solve it!
Take a look at the image now and put in a good faith effort to see if you can figure out how to make a square with just the four matches shown. Good luck and pass it on!
The solution is in the video below!