##### Mar 15, 2014

RAY: Get out your matchsticks and make the following Roman numeral: 7, which is V-I-I. Then an equals sign, that’s two more matchsticks. Equals one matchstick. So, the equation reads: 7 equals 1.

**TOM**: Yeah.**RAY**: OK. Now, as was the case with the other Puzzler like this, you must move one matchstick and make this...**TOM**: An equation.**RAY**: Right, a valid equation. And you cannot make the equals sign, again, an unequals sign. So, you can't say, 6, for example, does not equal 1.**TOM**: Nor can you touch the equals sign. All you can touch are the matchsticks making up the number 7, V-I-I, and the matchstick making up 1.**RAY**: Exactly. Now, I'll admit there are two possible solutions. One, our Producer Dougie Berman came up with a few weeks ago, and that one we all considered bogus. And then there is the creative one, which is the one that we'll accept.Answer:

**RAY**: Now, I mentioned that there are two possible solutions, and one of them Dougie came up with right away, and we decided that was one of the moron solutions.

**TOM**: Wow! What did he come up with?

**RAY**: He said take the second I of the V-I-I, and put it below and to the left so it's 1 to the V-I power, or 1 to the sixth power, equals 1. My answer, however, I think is elegant.

**TOM**: Oh, yeah! It is, I admit it is.

**RAY**: You take that same 1 that Dougie used, and you place it touching the right upper portion of the V, and you extend it in a horizontal direction across the remaining I, making a square-root sign, so it says the square root of 1 equals 1. So who's our winner?

**TOM**: Our winner this week is Richard Kimball of Phoenix, Arizona. Congratulations!