EPIC 3x3xN Solution

This is a minimalistic guide for solving 3x3xN cuboids, where N does not equal one or three. Prior knowledge of solving a 3×3 required for higher ordered versions, preferably experience in scrambling/ solving a cube using 180 degree face turns.

Lets start at the beginning with the:
3x3x2 or Domino Cube

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Hasbro released a computer game, Rubik’s Games, back in 1999.  I remember playing with a computer simulation of the 3x3x2 before playing with a physical version.

IMG 3873 300x276 EPIC 3x3xN SolutionThe first version I’ve seen of the 3x3x2 was the Domino Cube, released by Rubik in 1983.  These rare puzzles would pop up on ebay and fetch $400 back in the 90′s.  I picked up my first domino cube in 2005(ish) for $50 as more and more started resurfacing.  Unfortunately, now the puzzle is being knocked off and recreated by various vendors.

Back in the late 90′s early 2000′s, a member of the Twisty Puzzles forum posted a cool thread about creating 2x2x3 and 3x3x2 cuboids by attaching regular sized 3×3 pieces to a keychain cube.  Many brave puzzle builders jumped on building their own cuboids by hacking their cubes apart, I too attempted to build one but mine didn’t come out all that well and ended up being fragile and falling apart…

But enough history, lets get to solving!

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Helicop Dodec 300x267 Helicopter Dodecahedron, Starminx, and Bandaged CubeThe past week or two I picked up a couple new released puzzles. Unfortunately, these new puzzles don’t offer much challenge as they are simply platonic shifts of pre-existing puzzles. The first being the Helicopter Dodecahedron.

photo 12550 shapeways 150x150 Helicopter Dodecahedron, Starminx, and Bandaged CubeMany puzzle enthusiasts have probably already jumped on the Helicopter Cube which was released over a year ago.  Solving the Helicopter Dodecahedron doesn’t offer much more of a challenge other than more pieces to place and the newly added inner edge pieces.  Though, this may not be a new addition for you if you had a chance to play with TomZ’s Curvy Copter variant. Read More…

Finally, Master Skewb Videos

Sorry folks for the delay, I ran into some complications with editing software for the videos.  Hope these help you out icon smile Finally, Master Skewb Videos
These videos reference an earlier post with the Walk-through for solving the Master Skewb: http://jakerueth.com/blog/?p=293

Solving the Edges:

Solving the Inner Corners:

New Artwork! I’ve been featured!

TARDis New Artwork!  Ive been featured!Well, things have been pretty busy for me lately. I’ve gone to several conventions all over the midwest and having a great time hanging out with art friends and meeting new people. Lately I’ve also been watching a lot of Doctor Who, so I created an illustration inspired by the show. I used to watch the old Doctor Who episodes on PBS when I was little but haven’t gotten around to watching the new series until it popped up on Netflix.

Catch A Big One Mark 205x300 New Artwork!  Ive been featured!One of pieces “Catch a Big One”, has been getting some big exposure online. It was featured as a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt.com! This kept me busy with the flood of comments and emails for quite some time. The piece was also noticed by, Artist and Director of Community Operations, Fiona Hooley, who selected this piece  to be included in the Community section of Digital Artist Magazine (Issue 19 – page 18). Read More…

183028 763678355898 60705997 39098835 822890 n 150x150 How to Solve the Professor Pyraminx189076 763678271068 60705997 39098834 287228 n 150x150 How to Solve the Professor PyraminxOn Monday I received two puzzles in the mail.  One was the Tutminx by Very Puzzle and the other was the Professor Pyraminx by Mefferts.  The Tutminx is kinda crazy.  It comes blank and requires stickering which is kind of fun.  The actually puzzle itself is a bit annoying as you have to keep track of your turns as its easy to jumble the puzzle.  If you jumble the puzzle up too bad the puzzle will cease up and certain face will not move.

The Professor Pyraminx was by far, way more fun to play with.  After playing with it for a few minutes in the Post Office parking lot, I came up with a fairly decent method for solving the puzzle.  It may not be the best or most efficient method, but it gets the job done.  Here is how I solve the Professor Pyraminx:

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solved 300x284 Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution Guide

Well, I got my new Mosaic Cube from Mefferts today.  Honestly the cube, though manufactured professionally, is still highly unstable.  The puzzle exploded several times on me after the first couple turns and isn’t very easy or fun to maneuver.  Which is too bad, as for a puzzle, this is a fun one to solve.

My first attempt, before the cube exploded, was to solve the corners, solve the edges, and then solve the centers.  But when the pieces went flying I learned that the centers aren’t floating pieces but actually joined together to the centers on the adjacent sides.  So after seeing the mechanics I realized it might be easier to solve corners, then centers, and then the edges.  This solution proved to be quite efficient, and I had the puzzle solved before leaving the post office parking lot.

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Negative Thinking Sketch | Final

Negative Feelings small 210x300 Negative Thinking Sketch | FinalI finished a new piece today!  I’m very excited about this one as it deals with an important message, and it turned out super awesome.

I was doodling to some tunes in the Brickhaus Cafe in Jefferson, WI again, and a song popped up on my Zune.  I haven’t listened to it in several years.  The band is called “The Death Set” and the song is titled “Negative Thinking”.  Its probably my favorite song on the album but the song got me thinking how important it is to have positive outlets to vent our negativity.

Whenever I feel bad, or feeling stressed, I block away a set amount of time to draw.  I feel a million times better after a drawing session and not only did it make me feel better but I’ve been productive too!

Several of my friends have told me, “Jake, thats cool that you have that kind of outlet, but I am not that lucky. I can’t draw!” Read More…

Catch A Big One! Sketch/Final

Catch a big one 251x300 Catch A Big One! Sketch/FinalMy Latest Illustration is up on DeviantArt and its kind of a weird one how it came to be.
I was at the Brickhaus Cafe, in Jefferson, and while cranking up some tunes and sipping a chai latte, I doodled this out. It was a silly idea where in this world there are these water creatures and they are so timid and afraid that when the break the surface of the water they are paralyzed by fear. There are these land creatures that realize these water creature’s fear and use that to turn the creatures into their homes.

The little guy on the tongue in the bottom right corner is fishing for an addition to his cool home.

Once I finished the doodle, I sat back in my chair and thought, “Wow, this sort of parallels my current living situation.” Read More…

MASTER SKEWB Simple Solution Guide.

New Master Skewbs MASTER SKEWB Simple Solution Guide.

WOW! I haven’t been this excited in a long time!  I hopped on EBAY And found these guys and before I knew it they were on my doorstep.  I’ve been wanting to play with one of these for years, and even contacted some puzzle builders to build me one, but no one got back to me.  These puzzles are great!  They turn very smooth and are very well constructed.

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New Jade Puzzles New Puzzles from Mefferts.comAbout a week ago I received a couple packages from Mefferts.com. Mefferts has recently come out with some new puzzles or variations of older puzzles. The first package contained the beautifully sculpted Jade Club Puzzles. Read More…