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# Scales

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### #1 rookie1ja

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:26 PM

Scales - Back to the Matchstick Puzzles
Move 5 matches to make the scales balanced.

This old topic is locked since it was answered many times. You can check solution in the Spoiler below.
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### #2 TheOnlyOne

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 08:47 PM

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### #3 strikefiend

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 05:05 PM

The only way for the first Solution to work is for the bottom match of the right scale to not be moved and become the right part of the balance beam. If you just move all the matches on the right side downward to straighten out the balance beam then you have moved a total of 6 matches and are over the 5 matches set in the puzzle.

The second solution would only work if asked to only move one match, but I found it funny nevertheless lol.
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### #4 mrbojangles

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:22 PM

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i guess this technically isn't the same 'scale' since the design is a little different but i was proud of myself nonetheless and if you're wondering why the matchsticks are mirrored it's because that's how i edited the picture, it has no relevance to the actual solution

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### #5 mimi890890

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 08:41 PM

can u do less then 4 moves?
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### #6 8roosters

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 03:15 PM

Why is there no gap between the two balance arms in the first solution? I know the left arm would swing out in a slight arc as it comes down, but does it really go far enough to the right to make this work?
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### #7 atshud6

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:18 PM

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### #8 misterjessegrant

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:28 PM

Flip and flatten, five matches moved.flip and flatten.JPG[/attachment:98922]

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### #9 buzzbuzz

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 07:31 PM

See image below

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### #10 SpikedVerga

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 05:52 AM

Picture the original as a 3d image and it's already balanced.
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