Toothpick Transfer
The puzzles on this page involve only a box of toothpicks but any other straight objects may be used.
(a) Move 4 toothpicks to make 3 equilateral triangles.

(b) Remove 3 toothpicks to make 3 equilateral triangles.

(c) Remove 5 toothpicks to make 5 congruent triangles.

(d) Move 6 toothpicks to make a six pointed star.

(e) Move 6 toothpicks to make a star with 12 congruent parallelograms.

(f) Move 2 toothpicks to make 6 equilateral triangles (different from those shown).

(g) Remove 4 toothpicks so that 5 triangles remain.


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