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# Menacing Matchsticks III

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You will need seventeen matchsticks for this teaser. Using all seventeen matchsticks, make the number 300, as the number would appear digitally.

Now, moving only two matchsticks, can you make 1?

You cannot:

Bend or break the matchsticks.

Stack the matchsticks.

Remove the matchsticks.

Now, moving only two matchsticks, can you make 1?

You cannot:

Bend or break the matchsticks.

Stack the matchsticks.

Remove the matchsticks.

### Hint

Try looking that the matchsticks from different angles.### Answer

Get on the other side of the matchsticks so that they look like 00E. Take the upper matchstick (from your new perspective) of the second 0 and pivot it along the upper-left matchstick, until the opposite tip reaches the center. Pivot the lower matchstick of the same 0 along the lower-right matchstick, until it meets up with the first matchstick.You should now have ONE, or 1.

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