### Brain Teasers

# Balance Beams 1

Two beams (rows of numbers) are given below. The first beam has a sum of 17; the second beam has a sum of 22. Your challenge is to balance the beams, so that the two rows have the same sum. You are only allowed to move two numbers; all of the numbers must be used in the answer.

1 3 5 8

2 4 7 9

1 3 5 8

2 4 7 9

### Hint

The sum of all the numbers is odd.One of the numbers must be moved in a tricky way to make a smaller number.

### Answer

Move the 9 to the top row, but as you do, turn it upside down, making it into a 6.Move the 5 to the bottom row. Both beams now have a sum of 18.

1 3 6 8

2 4 7 5

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