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An angry elderly woman had twelve toothpicks in front of her She threw one away Now she had nine in front of her How is this possible?

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April 30, 2011 12:45AM

The 12 toothpicks were arranged into the letters N-I-N-E-I,

with toothpicks forming an N (3), I (1), N (3), E, (4) and I (1).

She throws away the one that makes the last I, so she is left with N-I-N-E.

(the letters now spelled out by the remaining eleven 11 toothpicks)