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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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Single Edge Corner Turn

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Double Edge Corner Turn

The Mosaic Cube, turns in a unique way where you can turn 2 edges deep or 1 edge deep.
The one edge corner turn will be useful as it doesn not effect the inner center pieces.
This is how I go about solving this puzzle:

Step 1 -  Solve the Corners.

corner solve Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution GuideI start off by solving the corners.   This is pretty simple as the corners can never move, they are stationary, they simply rotate.

Step 2 – Solve the Centers

center solve Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution Guidecenter explain 150x150 Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution GuideNext step is to solve the Center pieces.

Each center square is not an individual piece but joined to the center on the adjacent side.

Knowing that the centers are joined, means you can position them amongst the corners and solve similarly like the “Dino Cube” or “Rainbow Cube”.

Step 3 – Solve the Edges

edge solve Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution GuideThis final step is also pretty easy. You can manuever the edges easily without destroying the solved centers and it is fairly easy to come up with your own algs for solving.  You can use similar concepts like the “SUNE” from the 3×3 cube.   Or you can use an easy 4 alg move similar to what we used to solve the rex cube, or pyraminx/pyraminx crystal.  Here is one easy alg that I’ll share with you:

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Good luck, and have fun with this new puzzle!  Let me know if you have any questions while solving icon wink Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution Guide


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8 Responses to “Mefferts Mosaic Cube Solution Guide”

  1. Steve says:

    This isn’t a question, but a tip: a new core is out for the Mosaic Cube. http://www.shapeways.com/model/215635/mosaic_cube_sphere_core.html?gid=mg

  2. Jake Rueth says:

    Thanks for letting me know! This is great to hear as it would be a fun puzzle if it turned well. I’m glad they came up with a solution.

  3. alex says:

    i have a different solution for the mosaic cube thats more like layer by layer.

  4. Jake Rueth says:

    Thanks for posting Alex! There are multiple ways of going about solving a puzzle, I’m glad to hear you’re working on developing your own ways too. Happy cubing!

  5. florem says:

    Hi, which program did you use for drawing these pictures?

  6. Jake Rueth says:

    I used Adobe Illustrator CS5, its my favorite program for creating artwork and designs.

  7. my name is also alex says:

    I solve mine by reducing it to the Redi Cube (Oskar’s less-complex version of the Mosaic Cube). You put the edges next to the appropriate centers (you maneuver it with the deeper-cut turns, as they don’t affect the already-paired edges) until all the edges are paired. Then you can solve it like the Redi Cube (Dino Cube with visible corners).

    Actually, this puzzle and the Professor Pyraminx are quite similar solving-wise.

  8. Jake Rueth says:

    Hey Alex, thanks for posting and sharing your approach. Its cool to see the different ways people go about solving a puzzle. Good luck with your puzzle collecting and solving!

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