# Try to make two squares by moving only 3 matches

Have you ever wondered what **puzzles**, riddles and brain-teasers are for? Well, there are many reasons: from simple **entertainment**, to wanting to **keep our minds sharp** are just some valid motivations.

Whilst simple and, in some cases, easy to solve, these **brain-teasers** are a perfect way to do something **useful** during your "down time". There are many types of brain-teasers. For some there are no time limits, while for others there are (and the time limits can vary greatly).

In the case of the brain-teaser below, you have **5 minutes** to solve it. The image shows a spiral that you will need to transform by **moving only 3 matches**. Will you succeed? Give it a try!

## The challenge: move only 3 matches to make a 2 squares.

Testing yourself with **these brain-teasers** is ideal for sharpening your **concentration**, **attention** and powers of **observation**. To succeed in this challenge, however, it is important not to give up too quickly.

So... how do we **proceed**? Can we work out the solution in just 5 minutes?

First of all, let's determine **how many matches** were **used** to make the spiral. In all there are 15, but the ones on which we need to focus more attention are the central matches. The reason is simple:

Making two squares of the same size is impossible: it would take many more matches than those available. Therefore, it is necessary to think of creating squares **of different sizes**.

In the following images **we show you the solution step by step**, and labelling the matches to be moved 1, 2 and 3 for clarity.

The smaller square must be made starting from the first match that is turned inwards - to be clear, this is match number 1. This will be the one that starts the solution.

## It's time to give the solution step by step

This is **not a simple puzzle**, we know, but we are sure that you will work it out. But if not, don't despair, the answer is coming soon.

Let's go back to the spiral. We said a smaller square needs to be **made within the larger are**a. Once you know this, the solution becomes obvious.

If you move **match number 1** to the top left, the outer square, the larger one, will be created. At this point, all that remains is to move the **matches 2 and 3** to make a smaller square, inside the larger one.

## And here you go... the deed is done! Here's the solution

Here is the solution. Were you able to do it **in the set 5 minutes** or did it take you longer? Whether you were victorious or not doesn't matter too much - especially if you solved the puzzle. You persevered and succeeded. **Well done!**

Solving **brain-teasers** like this can be tough, but the **satisfaction** of saying you succeeded - even if it took more than 5 minutes - is a wonderful feeling, don't you think? And if you liked this challenge, we have many more to come!