Chuck and Ruby were going to meet at a hotel for their anniversary dinner, but Ruby didn’t show. Chuck was angry and left her a passive aggressive message on their kitchen table in the form of fifteen matchsticks spelling “hotel” and went to bed. When Ruby got home and saw the matchsticks, she removed one and went to bed. When Chuck woke up the next morning and saw Ruby’s new message, he realized his mistake. Which stick did Ruby remove and what was the new message?
Ruby had removed the top of the T and the new message could be seen upside down from where Chuck sat at his breakfast of sadness and anger. What he saw was 7 3 1 0 4, or 7/31/04, the date of their anniversary. In his excitement, Chuck had gone to the restaurant a day early, on July 30th. All was forgiven by both parties and Chuck and Ruby had a wonderful dinner together. They also promised to buy a whiteboard for the kitchen so they wouldn’t have to use matchstick messages ever again.
7 Comments on "The Case of the Missing Matchstick"
Parminder singh says
July 11, 2014 @ 01:01
The lower match stick of alphabet O is picked and placed alongside of Alphabet L
Which makes it HATE U
October 12, 2014 @ 19:46
she removed the top of the T and the new message could be seen upside down. What he saw was 7 3 1 0 4, or 7/31/04, the date of their anniversary. In his excitement, he had gone to the restaurant a day early, on July 30th
Ameer ismail says
November 20, 2014 @ 20:26
It is said that he used 15 matchstick
then the other one removed 1 matchstick for the answer
if we remove “1 matchstick” from “15 matchstick” we get ‘5’
so the answer can be either 5 or ‘s’ that look like a 5
pick one as u like
November 21, 2014 @ 21:48
answer is see u (reconstruct using 14 sticks)
September 3, 2015 @ 10:05
Hold On Till Father Leaves
December 12, 2015 @ 10:18
Remove the middle matchstick from the E to make HOTCL
March 2, 2016 @ 11:23
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