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Confession time.

I could never solve Rubik's Cube. Not even with a book.

If only the online Cube Solver had been around in the '80s. It'll even do 4x4x4 cubes. For added fun, there's a Java applet 3D graphical cube solver too. Scarily that will handle up to 6x6x6...

They'll take away my geek credentials for this...


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Jul. 22nd, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
I must confess to having bought the book.

What about 4x4x4x4 cubes?
Jul. 22nd, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
Surely you mean 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 hypercubes?

I think I'll stick to n x n planes. Or even n lines.

obBanksie reference to one-dimensional Go
Jul. 22nd, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC)
I could always do it with the book in front of me, and never without.
Jul. 22nd, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
My confession ...
I was in sixth form at the time, and there was a certain amount of competition in solving the cube.

One day I took on all comers in the sixth form common room, and beat them with a best time of 55 seconds (for the standard 3x3x3). I used 3in1 oil to make the sides turn easier ...

... my best time for the 4x4x4 was 2.5 minutes.

Sad, eh? I couldn't solve either of them now, I've forgotten some of the corner swapping moves.
Jul. 22nd, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
If only the online Cube Solver had been around in the '80s

I remember when cube-fever was at its height, a program to solve it made the front cover of one of the UK computer mags. (Your Computer?) The impressive thing (for those days) was it'd been written by a 16-year-old.

I duly typed in the listing, but it didn't work because the cube I was using was a rip-off and the colours were not on the same faces as the genuine cube. Ah, the good old days...
Jul. 23rd, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Well, since I don't believe I have any geek credentials, I lose nothing by confessing that I had to borrow my brother's copy of the book to solve my cube.

OTOH, there was for a while a genuine need to have a solved cube. We used them in Maths lessons to do some stuff on matrices, which was quite cool. (The Physics teacher whose lesson immediately preceded the first session with cubes would probably disagree: apparently it's hard to get a class to concentrate when the majority of its members are furtively fixing friends' cubes under the lab benches.)
Jul. 23rd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Get ass far as you can. Peel off the stickers and replace them, but ensure that the cube is warm. Be careful when replacing stickers to avoid tell-tale wrinkles.

(I don't have a logical mind, and always try to find the path of least resistance!)
Jul. 25th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Prise out an edge with a screwdriver, pull the rest of the pieces out, then rebuild the cube.
Jul. 23rd, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
I can *still* do the 3x3x3 but my 4x4x4 has never been solved since I first messed it up...
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