Even though I’ve been absent for the past few years I’ve still been picking up some new releases and puzzles to add to my collection. A few days ago I received a parcel with the above puzzles: MoYu AoLong GT Green Body, Dreidel 3×3, and a stickerless MoYu Wheel of time.
Category : Rubik’s Cubes & Puzzles
Finally, after several years, I updated my site. I cleaned up some pages as well as added a portfolio and new resumes. The past few years have been pretty crazy both professionally and personally and I had to step away from the social world but now that I’m slowly getting back up to speed I’m hoping to do some regular updates, puzzle solutions, and other odds and ends. I have some new puzzles heading my way and collected quite a bit since I disappeared, if there are any puzzles you are struggling with let me know and I’ll try and do write up on it in the days and months to come.
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
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.
The 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!
The 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.
Many 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…
Sorry folks for the delay, I ran into some complications with editing software for the videos. Hope these help you out 🙂
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:
On 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:
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.
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.
This puzzle was by Andrew Cormier and is based off of some puzzles in existance today. The most notable base for this puzzle is the ultra rare Dino Cube. Throughout the years several puzzles evolved from this base, Rainbow Cube, Brain Twist, Platypus…. but anywho…. The other puzzle hidden in the depths is the Face Turning Octahedron.
Well, the package was in fact a Rex Cube and I tore through the packaging in the parking lot to scramble it up. Here is how I went about solving it: