Category : Tutorials

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

Jake's 3x3x2

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.

Old Rubik's Domino CubeThe 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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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 :)
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:


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Tutminx by Very PuzzleProfessor 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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Mefferts Mosaic Cube

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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Conventions and New Art

Cornicorn family picture by Jake RuethIts been awhile since I’ve updated my blog, especially concerning my artwork. I just got back from DaishoCon up in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin to complete my 2010 convention tour. DaishoCon was a blast and was by far one of the best, if not, the best Anime/Gaming Convention in Wisconsin.  Read More…


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New Painting: YAUN

Jacob Rueth Vector Illustration

Back in 2007, I came up with a character named Yaun.  He’s a mythic beast that feeds off of the “Z’s” that rise from sleeping creatures.  In order to make all the animals fall asleep, Yaun bursts these little colorful spirits called the Yaunies.  They scurry around and make all the creatures drowsy and then collect the “Z’s”  from the sleeping animals and bring them back to Yaun.

I made an illustration back then and looking back on it now… I don’t really like how it turned. out.  I kind of forgot about this character until I met up with an old college friend and we got talking about some of the creatures we came up with and that’s when Yaun came back to me.  I made a little doodle in my sketch book, and a friend saw it and said, “DUDE! YOU HAVE TO PAINT THAT!”

So I did :)

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