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Friday, October 31, 2008

Penny Puzzler


Jim Beaver wrote:
> My kid is in second grade. She brought home a homework problem that
> stumped her. It stumped me, too. I did not think I was stupid, but
> now I wonder.
>
> The problem is one of seeing things differently depending on the
> arrangement of things. The question was, basically, how can you take
> four pennies, line them up in two straight lines, with three pennies
> in each line.
>
> The other similar problems in the homework were simple (remove one
> matchstick from the arrangement of four squares and leave three
> squares, etc.).

The answers Jim got are here.