A coworker has a book of puzzles, and a couple of us worked on this one the other day. I think it is a neat puzzle.You need to get a piece of paper, as I don't feel like drawing it for you. Make a math equation that says (using Romans numerals) II = XXIII / VII The puzzle is to move one "match stick" to make the puzzle reasonably accurate, though you won't be able to make it exact.
You probably shouldn't post the answer, so other people won't be tempted to look at the solution.
Posted by Jon Daley on October 1, 2005, 6:16 pm | Read 6102 times
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I was poking around in the statistics, and noticed that someone searched for this puzzle last month, and since no one ever posted the solution, I guess I should post it, to help out those folks who have given up.

(Since I posted this a couple years ago, I had forgotten the solution, so had to solve it again)

I forgot that it says "reasonably" accurate, which is the key. Take one of the matches to change "23" into "22", and add it to the other side - so 3 ~= 22/7 (one approximation of pi).

Posted by jondaley on July 5, 2007, 12:36 pm
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