# Answer to the Friday Puzzle…..

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On Friday I set this puzzle….

Can you move 2 of these coins and change the direction of the arrow?

If you have not tried to solve it, have a go now.  For everyone else the answer is after the break.

Take the two coins shown in grey in the diagram below and move them below the arrow.

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1. Anonymous says:

I solve this puzzle without moving any coin! can you do it Richard?https://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/answer-to-the-friday-puzzle-188/

• Anonymous says:

Then you didn’t solve this puzzle!

• Anonymous says:

Then you did not solve this problem!

• Scettico says:

Then you did not solve this puzzle!

2. Anonymous says:

The only puzzle is how anyone ever thought this could be a puzzle.

• palomitaquince says:

How much did you pay for it? Ooops!

3. Eddie says:

I don’t get your comment. Especially the ‘Ooops!’ bit.

4. Martha says:

I moved them above the arrow, so no, I didn’t get it

5. Stan says:

I thought it was a fine puzzle. It took me about one minute. First, I had to realize that the wording was “change the direction” not “reverse the direction”. Second, I had to notice the triangle of coins.

6. Dharmaruci says:

i had different ans that had arrow pointing south east. anyone else?

• Hugh Janus says:

A valid one too. You can also just pick up your laptop/PC screen/Tablet/Smartphone and rotate it ……

• Mike Hunt says:

But then isn’t one rotation enough in the first place?

7. Anonymous says:

Hugh that is moving all the coins!

8. Lazy T says:

The two coins could also be piled on top of the gap in the centre of the triangle to make the arrow point upwards.

• B Squared says:

I like this answer a lot. Very well played. Much better than the answer given / I got!

• Anonymous says:

I don’t like it much.

• mike4rebol says:

like

9. jerry996 says:

Richard’s answer makes the arrow point “northwest,” but you could use the same method to make it point “southeast.”

10. jerry996 says:

Whoops! I meant “northeast” instead of “northwest”.

11. Anonymous says:

very easy took 1 second