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#1 comperr

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 01:45 AM

What can you do paper so that if you drop a match on it you will see flames and not burn the paper?
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#2 Martini

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 01:56 AM

Soak the paper in a strong alcohol solution (but not too strong).The water in the solution will evaporate as the alcohol burns, causing the temperature to not reach the flash point of paper.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:02 AM

Just draw a picture of flame on the paper and drop a match(not necessarily a lit one) on it.
Simple...
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:13 AM

Nope. A condition of the riddle is that the match being dropped on the paper will cause flames to be visible.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:19 AM

Nope. A condition of the riddle is that the match being dropped on the paper will cause flames to be visible.


I disagree. The riddle does not state the match must initiate the flames.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:23 AM

What can you do paper so that if you drop a match on it you will see flames and not burn the paper?


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#7 Jkyle1980

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:49 AM

If the match being dropped had to cause the flame, it would read "if and only if a match were dropped on it".
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:23 AM

Useless knowledge answer:

Spoiler for a


Outside the box answer:

Spoiler for b

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#9 MysteryKidakaJohnDoe

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 02:26 PM

You could cover it with a thin sheet of metal, or any other nonflammable solid that completely covers it, then a second piece of paper, and drop the lit match onto that.

You could put it at the bottom of a bucket of alcohol and drop the match on that. You would definitely see flames, and the paper wouldn't burn for a long time
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#10 TwoaDay

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 02:39 PM

mabey you could drop an unlit match on a piece of paper an look at a fire
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