C. Carey Cloud » Cracker Jack » 4 Tricks with Picks

4 Tricks with Picks, a Cracker Jack prize, made by C. Carey Cloud. The other toothpick prize is Sticks Tricks.

The prize consists of 17 toothpicks in an envelope with four puzzles printed on it.

4 Tricks with Picks, shown above.

Three tricks are shown on the front envelope, the forth is on the rear of the envelope.

Solutions to the puzzles below

Arrange 15 picks as shown then take away 6 and have 10 left. | |

Remove the 6 faded toothpicks shown on the left. | |

9 toothpicks remain, but they spell the number 10. Clever isn't it. |

Arrange 17 picks as shown then remove 5 so you have 3 squares same size. | |

Remove the 2 toothpicks from the upper left, and then remove 2 toothpicks from the upper right. Finally remove the bottom center toothpick. | |

3 squares of the same size remain. | |

An alternative way to solve the puzzle is to remove the top center toothpick, and the toothpicks is the bottom left and right corners. |

Arrange 6 picks as shown then add 5 and make 9. | |

Place 5 toothpicks as shown on the left, to the 6 toothpicks that were already arranged. | |

Even though there are 11 toothpicks, they spell the number nine. |

I don't have a photo of the forth puzzle, but the final puzzle on the reverse side is the following...

Arrange 12 picks as shown below. Then rearrange them by moving 4 so that instead of having 4 squares you have three squares.

Arrange 12 picks as shown below. Then rearrange them by moving 4 so that instead of having 4 squares you have three squares. | |

Move two toothpicks from opposite edges of the 4 squares. In the illustration to the left, the top right, and bottom left corners are moved. One could also move the top left, and bottom right corners to solve the puzzle. |