So I bought a Rubik's Cube today...

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  1. Inspector Hammer!

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    and even after 20 years I still can't solve the damn thing lol. It came with a hint booklet but I can't make heads or tails of that either. [​IMG]
     
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    It's just a myth that it can actually be solved...
     
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    Get a different color in the center square of each side. Once that has been accomplished, makes sure your rotations never move any of the center squares. I am told this makes it easier to solve. I can't be sure because the last time I tried one it ended up going through a window.
     
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    Wait a minute, this advice doesn't make sense because it's impossible not to have a different color in the center of each square.
     
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    You can always disassemble and reassemble it. [​IMG]
     
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    I used to be able to solve this puzzle very quickly, but that was back in the '70's and before I got old and lost my memory. [​IMG] I had a hint book that showed a foolproof method for solving the puzzle every time. Now, if I could only remember what I did with that book. [​IMG]


    If I recall, the center square never moves when you rotate a side. And, as Patrick pointed out, there is always a different color center square on each side. No wonder you could never solve the puzzle, Adam. [​IMG]
     
  7. Patrick Sun

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    I've been able to solve it since the early 1980's, though no speed demon, average solve time in the 30-45 second range.

    Now Rubik's Revenge (4x4x4) takes over 3 minutes to solve, that's a real pain.

    Never have tried the 5x5x5 cube yet.

    The 12-sided Tomy Dodecahedron (Megaminx) was a personal favorite, but I lost it years ago.
     
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    You'll find various people on YouTube solving it such as this one:

    Also there are some people doing it one handed, blind, and with their feet. I don't know if any chicanery was involved.
     
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    I was playing with it during Smallville last night, which was appropriate since Clark found himself in the puzzle factory himself last night, and I actually did take notice that I couldn't move any of the center colors, the Rubik's Cube sticker on the center white square tipped me off to that.

    I managed to get all but one white square solved but all of the other colors were still pretty scrambled, I was under the impression that if you solve one side you solve all sides?

    I've heard of people who could solve it behind their back without looking, I don't know who these people are or where they reside but they are clearly from a higher race of being lol.
     
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    I assume they were allowed to study the cube before putting it behind their backs? Very impressive if so...If not, I would debate the possibility of someone doing that. Unless of course their fingertips were so sensitive they could tell a green square from a red one without looking...[​IMG]
     
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    Then just skip straight to the part of the advice about throwing it out a window. . . .
     
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    anyone remember Rubiks Magik? It's the only one I could ever solve. There was also a globe one.
     
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    The wife wanted one for Christmas, so I bought her one, and it's collecting dust nicely on the bedside table, thank you...
     
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    Somewhere I have one of the original batch of Rubik's cubes exported to the West, supposedly rare and collectable. I bought it in a shop in Oxford where it was advertised as a frustrating puzzle (they got that right). I did solve it just once, and the (literal) headache it gave me was so vile, I never bothered again.

    Pretty soon after that, versions of the cube produced under license by western companies came out and then books on how to solve it (if I remember correctly, there was even an article on the maths of solving the problem in Scientific American). Very rapidly, saying that you could solve the puzzle moved from being a boast to a statement that you were a sad loser who'd memorised the solution from a book.

    I also had the first follow-up to Rubik's cube, which was Rubik's snake. Anyone remember that? The idea was to fold up a long straight segmented strip into a ball-like shape. It was so easy after the cube it was laughable.
     
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    Yeah, but the snake could also be used as a toy, to form all kinds of elaborate shapes.
     
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    Anyone remember Rubik's Hand Grenade from "Saturday Night Live"? One of their best faux ads.
     
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    You have to solve it in layers, not sides.

    Top layer first, then the middle, then the bottom. There are patterns for each "solve" scenario.

    I can solve a completely scrambled cube in about 3 mins or so. That's much slower than some of the uber-solvers I've seen.
     
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    I was bouncing around 50-65 seconds at work today, just wanted to see how slow I am these days, but the cube I have is pretty much on its last legs.
     
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    YES! It was hilarious! But all the grenade could do was rotate in one direction. How did they get the colors all mixed up without rotating in another direction? [​IMG]

    Didn't matter anyway. BOOM!!! "The last puzzle you'll never solve!" [​IMG]
     

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