Looks like touch2solution.gif shows 7 matchsticks (pencils). Pretty impressive.
If you look closely at the Touch2Solution you will see that the "RED" and the "LIGHT BLUE" match are "NOT TOUCHING"! The Thickness or mass of the "DARK BLUE" match is seperating them from touching. It may Appear that they are in contact from an ariel view, however it is obvious that anything with mass is going to seperate 2 objects if it is between them.
Tell me what you think about my findings. I'm open for debate!
Debate, as requested:
In touch2, Red lies horizontally across Purple, Blue and Light Blue, touching each of them.
The top surfaces of Purple, Light Blue and Blue are all at the same height, allowing Red to touch them all.
Red's end then touches Yellow.
Similar statements can be made for Yellow and Green.