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The Matchstick Mystery !!!

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A lady had 12 matchsticks lying in front of her.

She took away one of them.

She could now see 9 in front of her.

How is it possible ?

 

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41 Responses to The Matchstick Mystery !!!

  1. Waseem November 1, 2016 at 10:38 AM #

    43

  2. Fatana April 22, 2016 at 2:13 AM #

    I think a jinn took it

  3. absi April 19, 2016 at 11:48 AM #

    realy i dont know pleas e answer

  4. Sanjay April 18, 2016 at 12:39 AM #

    NINE

  5. Jahangir Khan April 17, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

    IX

  6. Shajeer April 16, 2016 at 10:16 PM #

    XII
    One taken
    Remaining is IX

  7. Syed Baqar April 16, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

    She wrote in words N I N E which consumed 11 match sticks. N=3, I=1, N=3, E=4. Total 11.

  8. zainab November 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM #

    Look if write (11) XI in roman then if is going to represent in this way, if you read from right to left then it represent (9) in roman.

  9. Fateen Yusuf Mostafa April 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM #

    The matchsticks are kept in this way |\| | |\| E|. If she takes away the last matchstick, it will look like nine as in |\| | |\| E.

  10. nawazish malik January 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

    I do not see the answer anywhere. mnawazish.

  11. Sharif123 January 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM #

    Interesting

  12. husein kanah October 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

    She saw the number NINE which is formed of
    ’11’ matchsticks.

  13. The Juggler October 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

    NINE consist of eleven sticks- Nice exercise for mind-

  14. mahmoud kadry October 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

    The lady had a 12 matchstick as a two digits of number 12, the digit 1 had 2 matchstick, the digit 2 had a 5 matchstick – so she had only 7 matchstick, if she took away one of them the reaming will be 6 pieces to make one digit of number 9

  15. Hussain October 6, 2013 at 5:31 AM #

    The person has triple vision,,
    Thier is actually only 4 match sticks,
    4 times 3 = 12
    Take one away
    3 times 3 = 9

  16. Hamedsh October 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM #

    Maaaaany people replied correctly…am laaaaate 🙁 ofcourse she saw NINE made with eleven match sticks.

  17. Ahmed October 5, 2013 at 3:53 PM #

    You can use the 12 matchsticks to form the word “NINE”.

  18. N.A.KHAN October 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM #

    DOES SHE SEE 9 MATCHSTICKS? AFTER TAKING AWAY ONE FROM 12 MATCHSTICKS.PUZZLE SAYS SHE CAN SEE 9. IT DOESNT SAYS 9 MATCHSTICKS, IT COULD BE 9 AS SOMETHING ELSE. I HOPE MY ANSWER IS RIGHT IF NOT KEEP ON THINKING FOR THE RIGHT ONE.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ October 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM #

      There are actually 11 matchsticks remaining, but they are arranged in a way to form number “NINE”. So she sees 9 in front of her 😀

  19. Prabu Qutub October 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM #

    yes she can see NINE but not 9 match sticks

  20. tharwat October 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM #

    she doesn’t see well

  21. tharwat October 5, 2013 at 6:22 AM #

    I don’t know

    • Sana - Editor FFJ October 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM #

      There are actually 11 matchsticks remaining, but they are arranged in a way to form number “NINE”. So she sees 9 in front of her. Hope it’s clear now 🙂

  22. Hani October 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM #

    XII = 12
    If you take on from XII
    IX = 9

    • Ayesha October 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM #

      Its right!!! I guess

  23. samser October 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM #

    read now* instead of not

  24. samser October 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM #

    When she took away the one – means the previous 12 sticks, now 11 is not in front of her as she is away from them. and the new place where she is not had 8 matchsticks + 1 he took there = 9.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ October 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM #

      There are actually 11 matchsticks remaining, but they are arranged in a way to form number “NINE”. So she sees 9(NINE) in front of her 🙂

  25. momin October 4, 2013 at 5:10 PM #

    12-1 = 11 = She took 1 but she see now 9 then the ? is which one she took you can give the answer, OK!

    • Sana - Editor FFJ October 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM #

      Yes, of course there are 11 matchsticks remaining, but they are arranged in a way to form number “NINE”. So she sees 9 (NINE) in front of her 🙂

  26. Hanifa October 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM #

    NiNE is made out of 11 matchsticks but not the figure 9

  27. Sam October 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

    I\I I I\I E
    3 1 3 4= 11

  28. Jaber Rowdy kiraak October 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

    I can think of two answers…. first either the word lying is meant to be understood as in a LIE and the matchsticks lied to her…

    second it doesn’t clearly say if she saw nine matchsticks may be she had looked at the number 9

  29. Dineshwar Singh October 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    NINE is written using 11 match sticks!!

  30. Tanwir October 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM #

    well if the matchstick did spell out the number nine then the Question above has a grammatical error.

    as it should then read

    ‘ She could only see THE Number 9’

    i say she closed one eye and in her field of vision remained 9 😉

    • The Juggler October 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM #

      If like this even any child can solve it.

  31. Mazhar Noor October 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM #

    She is actually seeing english letter NINE which is made with remaining 11 Matchstics.

  32. Anis KACEM October 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

    NINE written with eleven matchsticks

  33. Anis KACEM October 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM #

    NINE written with elen matchsticks

  34. Adnan October 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

    actually she is left with 11 match sticks; just put them like this and it will be 9: NINE