One of my favourites this week. Can you rearrange these six matchsticks to leave nothing?

How many answers can you come up with?  There is one that is especially nice.  As ever. please do NOT post your solutions, but do say if you have solved it and how long it took.  See you on Monday!

1. Shaun says:

Got one solution immediately.

2. Stephen says:

Yes, I saw an answer to this question – well, two answers – in ten seconds of looking. Amusing.

1. Richard says:

I have to agree, cabbage

3. I don’t know how it happened but now I have seven :o(
Sx

4. T9sus4 says:

Great idea, Kraut! 🙂

Got the obvious (I think) solution immediately, Kraut’s immediately after reading his clue.

5. PyroClaire says:

2 answers in seconds. Surprised my brain works at this time in the morn.

6. Eight so far if I’m understanding the question…if meaning “rearrange leaving nothing” is to use all six matchsticks in a closed shape? If not then there are many…..hmmm

1. no take that back my first was right but for the wrong reason…..lol….but after rereading and knowing our host’s past Friday Puzzles all is not as it seems…..now I have two answers…..sneaky……hmmm yes very sneaky….. :}
Then again I may change my mind again …… but think I got it now…..hehe

7. D says:

8. Charles Evo says:

Minus 5 seconds. Got it…er, had it.

9. Berber Anna says:

Got one instantly, but it may be a bit sneaky.

10. Bletherskite says:

Got one answer pretty much straightaway but now I’m just scratching my head.

11. mittfh says:

I have an idea – took me about one second. And there are seven small hints in this post as to what it is…

1. Bucket says:

I got the same idea as you. I guess we’ll see on Monday!

12. Wolf Martinus says:

3 possible solutions, no time at all. In my opinion only one of them is really valid if you take the question to be meant literally.

13. Marion says:

Got an answer quite quickly, and am quite pleased with myself as this doesn’t always happen. Just wait to see if it’s right now!! Have a good weekend everyone

14. erica says:

Several ideas and solutions, mostly in the first minute.

I am sure more will occur.

Nice to see an open-ended puzzle for a change.

15. safc4ever says:

I got a couple of solutions in a few seconds. I now have a third, slightly sneaky one after about a minute.

1. gussnarp says:

I think I’ve got the same one. It’s the most likely of my solutions to be the intended one.

16. AR says:

Ooh, NOW i got it. Too me about a while and a half.

17. Joao Pedro Afonso says:

Between sneaky ones and others more acceptable, I have 7 and growing… unless I understood incorrectly the kind of puzzle.

(That understanding came very late… after that, the puzzle solutions came fast, but until that,… for a while, I wondered if the idea was to see all the ways of taking out all the matches. Dumb!!!…)

18. Nathan says:

I don’t understand the question (maybe because I’m not a native english). When do you leave nothing? My only guess is when there’s nothing left, but that doesn’t sound like a logical question.

1. glen says:

You will still have the 6 sticks, they would be rearranged to indicate some concept of nothing.

2. that’s right when done we will have zip! nada! nothing! see fun!

19. Steve Ulven says:

I didn’t quite understand it and had to look it up. Found 2 answers and the one I like involves moving only two matchsticks.

20. sceptacol says:

I’ve got A solution took me about 30 seconds. Don’t know if i’m right though. Makes sense to me i guess. Fun thanks Richard

21. Dennis says:

The hardest part was to figure out an interpretation of the question that I could solve. After that it was seconds.

22. I could arrange to have them eaten by termites. That count?

23. gussnarp says:

Rather confusing and vague problem description. Leaves a virtually infinite number of tricky solutions that may or may not be intended. I got two of those in seconds.

1. gussnarp says:

Two more now, so I’m up to four.

24. niteflytes says:

Depends on your definition of nothing. Easy by my definition

25. McQ says:

One answer almost immediately. Good one.

Three more in five minutes.

26. I thought of two very different ones in seconds.

Since we’re not allowed to post answers, lets just say one is a “how would a know-it-all kid solve it?” solution, the other is a “how would a caveman solve it?” affair.

27. There’s two obvious solutions yeah, and three if you have a low opinion of abstract art.

28. 3 solutions. I looked at the puzzle about half an hour ago, but didn’t really start actively working on solutions (dedicating time or effort to thinking about it) until about five minutes ago.

29. theriversong says:

I know it’s taboo to reveal our answers to the question on this post but here goes…

*ahem*

“No, I cannot.”

30. jh says:

3 solutions (including the neat one, I believe) in 5 minutes more or less. There would be a 4th one which is quite obvious but not nice at all.

I have to admit that after playing with the matchsticks in my head for a couple of minutes, finally I had to take 6 small sticks and put them on my desk.

1. New here? You mean you haven’t invested in some matchsticks and keep them handy? Give it time …..you will…..lol……

31. Christer says:

the seem to be standing still as it is, I don’t think they’ll be leaving anything any time soon :l

32. bluematt says:

Is this supposed to be a puzzle or a riddle?

As a riddle I get one straight away, and as a puzzle (with somewhat slack definitions of “nothing”) I had another three within a few seconds.

33. Flavio says:

Uhm I had to look it up, and I think this puzzle is language biased! 🙂

34. b says:

too much to call this a puzzle

35. Samara says:

Found one the very next second

36. CharlesT says:

First in 5 sec, NIL after that. (I’m a bit busy at the moment)

1. Flavio says:

That’s against the rules…

2. Flavio I think CharlesT is related to my loose lipped green cheek conure Jade……hmmm…..makes me think where IS ScreamingGreenConure ant way?

3. palm to forehead……*any* not *ant*……why not an edit opt?

37. James says:

Hmmmm…. I believe I must be over thinking this one!

I am getting too philosophical, need to remember it’s just a matchstick trick 🙂

38. Chris says:

I have no idea what the answer is. In fact I have no idea what the question is.

39. b says:

the question is how to rearange the mathsticks to leave anything. These are the wrong anwers.

40. katie says:

With no restrictions on how we rearrange them? Then I have 4 solutions.

41. Will says:

I think i got it and pretty quick too.

42. Michael Kingsford Gray says:

I tried for 1 minute and then gave up in abject frustration!
I have one literal answer that does not enter into the spirit of these sort of puzzles!

43. Charles Evo says:

It’s a British puzzle, and perhaps a bit World Cup-ish, as well.

44. Rajiv C. Sangrolkar says:

Nothing Is Left ? well, but like first alphabet of each word in the Question.

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