Three Moves Pile Of Matches Riddle

Author: Morgan Foster

Riddle: Place three piles of matches on a table, one with 11 matches, the second with 7, and the third with 6. You are to move matches so that each pile holds 8 matches. You may add to any pile only as many matches as it already contains. All the matches must come from one other pile. For example, if a pile holds 6 matches, you may add 6 to it, no more or less. You have three moves. How can you do it?
Answer: First pile to second; second to third; third to first:
Pile Initial number First move Second move Third move
First 11 11-7=4 4 4+4=8
Second 7 7+7=14 14-6=8 8
Third 6 6 6+6=12 12-4=8
 
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Riddle: Place three piles of matches on a table, one with 11 matches, the second with 7, and the third with 6. You are to move matches so that each pile holds 8 matches. You may add to any pile only as many matches as it already contains. All the matches must come from one other pile. For example, if a pile holds 6 matches, you may add 6 to it, no more or less.
You have three moves. How can you do it? Answer: First pile to second; second to third; third to first:
<table style="width: 631px; height: 104px;" cellpadding="5">
<tbody>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Pile</span></td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Initial number</span></td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">First move</span></td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Second move</span></td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Third move</span></td>
</tr>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;">First</td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;">11</td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;">11-7=4</td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;">4</td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;">4+4=8</td>
</tr>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;">Second</td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;">7</td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;">7+7=14</td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;">14-6=8</td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;">8</td>
</tr>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;">Third</td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;">6</td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;">6</td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;">6+6=12</td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;">12-4=8</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>
 


Riddle: Place three piles of matches on a table, one with 11 matches, the second with 7, and the third with 6. You are to move matches so that each pile holds 8 matches. You may add to any pile only as many matches as it already contains. All the matches must come from one other pile. For example, if a pile holds 6 matches, you may add 6 to it, no more or less.
You have three moves. How can you do it? Answer: First pile to second; second to third; third to first:
<table style="width: 631px; height: 104px;" cellpadding="5">
<tbody>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Pile</span></td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Initial number</span></td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">First move</span></td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Second move</span></td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Third move</span></td>
</tr>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;">First</td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;">11</td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;">11-7=4</td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;">4</td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;">4+4=8</td>
</tr>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;">Second</td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;">7</td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;">7+7=14</td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;">14-6=8</td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;">8</td>
</tr>
<tr style="height: 17px;">
<td style="width: 91px; height: 17px;">Third</td>
<td style="width: 137.717px; height: 17px;">6</td>
<td style="width: 125.283px; height: 17px;">6</td>
<td style="width: 135px; height: 17px;">6+6=12</td>
<td style="width: 101px; height: 17px;">12-4=8</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>