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Downsize 2x2  
by Serhiy Grabarchuk, Jr.

If the length of a matchstick is m, then the area of the 2x2 square shown in the center of the illustration can be presented as 4m2. When two matchsticks are moved as is shown in the Example in the upper right corner, then the area of the new reduced shape is 3m2.

Can you move three matchsticks in order to change the square into a shape of the area:
Puzzle 1 (easier): 2m2?
Puzzle 2 (harder): 3m2?

No damaging, loose ends or overlapping of the matchsticks is allowed.
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Posted: July 22, 2007 Last Updated:
December 12, 2007
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