1. Rubik's Cube (and beyond).

Anyone else somewhat fascinated/obsessed with the rubik's cube style puzzles? They are a "habbit" I picked up while bored at work (wal*mart had one on clearance for like a dollar... LOL, same reason I have a yo-yo, but that is another thread, LOL).

I'm by no means a speedcuber, nor do I truly understand the cubes (yet), but I'm at the point where I can solve the 3x3x3 in under 3:00 if I don't mess up, and under 5:00 no matter what. I've got one more thing to learn and I'll be able to solve the 4x4x4 in under 10:00. I'm already contemplating buying the 5x5x5 as well.

MB

2. there is supposed to be a mathematical formula that if you follow it can get you to solve the rubik's cube.

I think it is a genetic disposition to thinking. Some people can do it, some cannot.

3-5 min is tremendously well.

I think my best ever was 1.5 hrs. It took me awhile.

..........then again that's not even that bad considering the majority of the population cannot even solve one at all.
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3. I was given one for Christmas, but I can't seem to bring myself to devote the time to learn how to solve it.

Do you have any of the Lemarchand puzzle boxes from Hellraiser?
Someone out there has to have made some good ones that aren't just for decoration.

4. I really want to make a 6x6x6 cube (since the evens are harder than the odds) and pattern it after the LeMerchand cube!

This is the method I use for the 3x3x3:
http://peter.stillhq.com/jasmine/rub...esolution.html

and here's the basis for the one I use for the 4x4x4 (I've found ways to simplify it though):
http://www.speedcubing.com/chris/4-solution.html

It is very important to understand the notation used, and not "really" pay attention to the colors shown since I don't think either of them have the same colors on their cube as I do.

5. You got me inspired! I've just bought a 3x3
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6. Congrats and welcome to the obsesion

MB

7. Originally Posted by bitterplacebo
I was given one for Christmas, but I can't seem to bring myself to devote the time to learn how to solve it.

Do you have any of the Lemarchand puzzle boxes from Hellraiser?
Someone out there has to have made some good ones that aren't just for decoration.
...Same here

8. The links I posted are quite helpful

MB

9. I suck at the rubix cube, I can get hella close to solving it but never finish it.

10. Seriously, the methods in the links I posted are fool proof (as even I can use them). The 4x4x4 method isn't "perfect" IMHO, but it does give you useable tools to solve it.

re: The Lament Configuration - If you go to:
http://www.cenobite.com/shop/puzzle.htm
you can find links to various manufacturers of high-quality replicas. Too bad most of them are totally static

MB

11. I found a couple that actually had some moving parts, but they're not really much of a puzzle.

But one is just a 3x3x3 rubik's with the Lament configuration pattern.

12. Yeah, I'd like to make it a 6x6x6 cube, would fit the theme of the cube, and would be VERY difficult to solve (at least time wise, methodology should be similar to a 4x4x4 in theory).

MB

13. I sat down with the 3x3x3 today and solved it for the first time. Only took me two hours to read, understand, and apply the method you linked.

The face colors of my cube are pretty terrible, though:

white, reflective silver, light gray, medium gray, dark gray, black

14. Yeah... sounds like a strange combo. Congrats though! Soon you'll start timing yourself, LOL

MB

15. You can get stickers at the official rubik's site (google).

Also, the Even cubes (with the exception of the 2x2x2) are "harder" to solve because you must create and orient the centers properly. The Odd cubes (3x3x3 and 5x5x5) have the centers set and immobile.

MB

16. My sisters x boyfriend can do them realy fast over and over.He showed me that he gets them to make a cross,and then goes from there.He says the cross takes a little work sometimes,but after that it's nothing.

17. For me the hardest part is the one right after the cross, it just seems the most tedious, that or getting the top corners right. those two parts are the hardest (on the 3x3x3).

On the 4x4x4 the only hard part for me are the times when I have to flip one edge in the last layer.

MB

18. You might be a bit off if you are working on solving the 4x4x4 while doing your cardio on a bike...

Not that I'm guilty... not at all

MB

19. Man, I used to tear those things up when I was younger! Literally. I'd tear off the stickers and move them to different cubes so I could "solve" it.

I could fly through this one though:

I could solve it from any position in a matter of seconds.

I just realized they have a 12 panel one...

Interesting... I might have to get me one of them.

20. Cool stuff!

MB

21. I've got the 4x4x4 figured out... Now I guess I have to go on to 5x5x5.

I'll probably get an "Eastsheen" set since they are supposedly a LOT better made than the rubik's products.

V-CUBE

They are bringing out some really interesting (6x6x6 and 7x7x7) cubes soon, and have plans for an 11x11x11!

MB

22. I'm officially bored with my 4x4x4

MB

23. Ok... I broke down and got me this as my belated birthday gift:
http://cgi.*********/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...m=180229871398

Yeah... I've got the 3 and 4, but they are nowhere near the quality of these from what I've read. I'm probably going to donate these two to one of my cousins, he's got a hell of a brain, but a bit of a concentration problem. These seem right up his alley.

MB

24. Originally Posted by shaddow
Man, I used to tear those things up when I was younger! Literally. I'd tear off the stickers and move them to different cubes so I could "solve" it.

I could fly through this one though:

I could solve it from any position in a matter of seconds.

I just realized they have a 12 panel one...

Interesting... I might have to get me one of them.

im actually diggin those..maybe i can give them a try..the rubiks cube kicks my as5 everytime..and its a 3x3x3

25. Very cool webpage here:
http://www.math.ucf.edu/~reid/Rubik/patterns.html

you must start with a solved cube though

MB

26. Well, I've gone and become a bit addicted to speed cubing (I'm only looking to get my time under 1 minute honestly!). So I found a site that has a good step-by-step method to going faster. It just requires a bit of a re-learn from the above 3x3x3 method since you need to put your first solved "cross" on the bottom.

http://www.cubefreak.net/speedcubing.html

MB

27. Update:

I've recieved my 2x2x2 and 5x5x5 cubes (as well as higher-quality versions of the 3x3x3 and 4x4x4). I've used this method to solve the 5:
Solving the 5x5x5 (Professor) Cube

I'll probably move onto this one soon though:
solving the professor

If you can solve a 3 you can probably solve the 2

I've gone onto a totally different method for cubing, it is not as algorithm based as the previous ones.

I now use the roux method:
Introduction
except for the top corners, I'm still learning there (I use a 2 look place and then orient).

There is also another block to algorithm based method called the petrus (led me to the roux).
Rubik's Cube Solution

I've also found a page for a corners first method, but they look to be even more algorithm intense than the layer-by-layer (fridich) style solves above:
Rubik's Cube Solution Methods
go to the ortega and waterman solves.

yes I do like my 5x5x5 by the way

MB

28. I'm jealous, man. I still confuse the hell out of myself on the 3x3x3.

Originally Posted by ManBeast
Well, I've gone and become a bit addicted to speed cubing (I'm only looking to get my time under 1 minute honestly!). So I found a site that has a good step-by-step method to going faster. It just requires a bit of a re-learn from the above 3x3x3 method since you need to put your first solved "cross" on the bottom.

Cubefreak | Speedcubing

MB
The Petrus Method is supposed to be the fastest way to solve the cube:

Rubik's Cube Solution

29. Yes, in theory it can be due to the fewest moves, but some of the moves and algorithms are very complicated (IMHO), I personally didn't really start to figure out the 3 until I had also messed with the 4. I'm not knocking any of the methods out there, I just find the roux to work the best for me

MB

30. Do you find the roux method to be the easiest or just the "easiest fast" method? If it's the "easiest fast" method, do you know what the easiest method is? I'm not worried about times, I just wanna be able to say I can solve this thing, dammit.

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