Monthly Archives: June 2016

30.6.16

Master Skewb (warning: solving spoiler below)

Well, with the distraction of Skewb week and deciding which variants to pick, I actually completely forgot about my favourite Skewb. I KNOW! Hard to believe I have a favourite, considering my disdain for the Skewb and his family. 

This is a fairly recent addition to the collection – a Christmas gift. I’d had one on my wish list for a while, by my disliking of skewb a in general stopped me from buying it. I’m glad someone bought it. 

SPOILER ALERT









It’s like a cross between a Skewb and a Rex cube.  

I LOVE IT! 

Big fan of the Rex cube anyway, but this adds another dimension to it. Perfectly well-made puzzle, good stickers, good turning. Not too difficult, but fun. 

Buy one. Buy one. Buy one. Simple as that.  You can pick these up for under ten pounds from most places. A MUST for all collections. 

Here it is scrambled:

Who would have thought I would be happy on a Skewb day? Not me, that’s for sure. Should have kept it for Friday. Oh well, never mind. 

See you tomorrow for one last Skewb. 

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29.6.16

QJ Skewb Ultimate

Ok, continuing with the them, here is the Skewb Ultimate. Another one from the big order in March. Another one that I haven’t solved yet. 

In good news, I solved yesterday’s hex Skewb. In the half hour. Happy with that. And slightly happier with the Skewb family!

This is very much the same as yesterday’s Skewb – same build quality, same turning, same matt stickers. It’s a nice size – I have big hands, so prefer bigger puzzles. 

I lucked out with yesterday’s puzzle solve – the bottom half was easy. The top triangles seemed to solve themselves then I was left with a three-cycle of “corners”(?). As if by magic, DONE!

Hopefully, I’ll have the same luck with this. Time will tell….

Here he is scrambled:

I hope you’re enjoying Skewb week. I think I am. Slightly. See you tomorrow for another. 

Ps – I’m writing these earlier and scheduling them to publish, so you can normally find them here around 10.30 as well as the Facebook page. The spamming (sorry) will still happen around lunchtime. 

28.6.16

QJ Skewb 14 Face Hex

So, yesterday I said there would be a theme for the week. And (pretty obviously, it will be Skewb-based puzzles). 

I also talked about how much I really didn’t like the Skewb (not sure why I did a Skewb week? No, me neither). Well, I kept trying and maybe saw a bit of daylight when I thought I might like it. So…I went on a Skewb-buying binge. 

I’m still not convinced this solved the problem…..

Anyway, maybe this week will help. 

This one is a new one on me. I’m disappointed to say I haven’t even solved it yet. I haven’t even scrambled it!! I only ordered it in March!! So this week is a bit of a discovery journey for us all!

Two different faces – triangle faces and square faces. I thought initially that the square faces were annoy my twisters like the points of a pyramid, but no. Just a different shaped face. 

Hopes of solving this in my half hour lunch break are slim (if I’m honest, I’m spending more time blogging and sharing than I am eating and solving!!!). 

Anyway, it’s clicky – I think that may be part of why I dislike the Skewb – I did take the ball-bearings out of the White Skewb in yesterday’s post (a long time ago), but that didn’t help to make me like it any better. Hey ho. 

If you like Skewbs, it’s not a bad puzzle. VERY cheap – just over three pounds from Z Cube. Worth a punt if you want a variation on a theme. It has pretty thin, matt-feel stickers, but it’s not really an issue. 

Here it is scrambled:

Don’t forget to check yesterday’s 10×10 update. And don’t forget to like and share the Facebook page

Thanks. See you tomorrow. 

27.6.16

FOR SPARTA!!!!!!!

Finally, the emotional rollercoaster ride is over. Well, I still haven’t got my money back from eBay, but right now I DON’T CARE!! IT IS FINISHED!

Thanks to The Cubicle, I finally have all of the parts needed. 


The final assembly itself was a doddle. Much easier than I thought. 


First, I checked I had all of the pieces. 


And, doing the opposite of advice (and common sense), I took out the last eight edges, held as much in place with masking tape, then JAMMED THOSE BAD BOYS BACK IN!!


I had no idea if it would go – I was running on pure hope by now. But, low and behold, in they went!


GLORIOUS!


Back tomorrow for some more skewby fun. 

Peace out. X

27.6.16

Skewb


Well, last week turned into something – a week with a theme. I didn’t plan it, but quite liked it!

So, I’m going to do another one…

I’ve had this Skewb for quite some time (so long, I can’t even remember where I got it from!! Maybe Amazon). 

It was my first Skewb. I didn’t like it. It turns fine and is not badly made, but I just didn’t like the Skewb type of puzzle. I still can’t say I am a massive fan. But I’m trying to persevere. Again and again. 

I don’t know why I don’t like it, but every now and then I go back – and STILL DON’T LIKE IT! Every time, I think it will grow on me, or my taste might have changed a bit. But no. 

Anyway, here he is scrambled:

See you tomorrow for more. Can you guess what it will be?
Don’t forget to like and share the Facebook page. It will automatically update new posts to there so you don’t have to keep coming back. 

Maybe comment there on what you think tomorrow will bring. 

Have a good Monday. 

24.6.16

Moyu 4×4 Fisher cube

Well, firstly, more than anything, I should say WOWSERS and THANKS! Yesterday was by far the busiest this blog has been. Thanks for reading (and, hopefully, coming back !). 

Back to business. 

This is another super shape mod (I see a trend here….). Another really wel made puzzle. And happily, another four by four mod. 

I don’t think anyone can argue about the amazing things Tony Fisher has done (and is still doing). His original 3×3 Fisher cube has been around for around 30 years now as well as countless other designs, mods, solving methods and WORLD RECORDS

This bigger version is made by Moyu – same as yesterday’s axis cube. Really well made, nicely turning, doesn’t catch, nice stickers. This was a gift, I think for my birthday earlier this year – I’d like to say they know me so well, but they just know where my Amazon wish list is!! 🙂

It’s not too bad to solve if you can already solve a 4×4, but as I mentioned the other day – I tried it layer by layer and came a cropper with the last layer. I ended up with two edges/corners/I don’t know whats rotated and got really mixed up. I had to start from pretty much scratch. I’ll go back and try again, but for now – too many puzzles to solve and blogs to write (in good news, the final piece for the 10×10 is on the way. Thanks Cubicle!!). 

Anyway, here he is scrambled – available from most big cube stores for around £20. I suppose the question is now – do I get the 4×4 windmill….


Have a good weekend, you crazy kids!

23.6.16

Moyu 4×4 Axis cube

So, sticking with the super theme, here is another favourite of mine. The 4×4 axis cube. 

The 3×3 was one of the first 3×3 shape mods I encountered. Initially, I found it so confusing, but then it quickly became a favourite. 

When I heard about a mass-produced 4×4, my interest was definitely aroused!

For once, I can’t remember where I got this from. Definitely one of the big Chinese sites – it was a one-off order just for this cube. 

It’s a very well made puzzle. Turns so well, doesn’t lock up. I guess you just have to be sure to line it up properly before turning. 

Since buying it, these have gone down in price. Still a bit more than yesterday’s rhombic dodecahedron, but can be bought for less than £20 – the usual suspects can be found on the links page. 

I suppose, the hope is that a mass-produced 5×5 axis will follow, but I don’t know how likely that is. Maybe I’ll ask Moyu….

In case it isn’t clear, I am a BIG FAN of this cube. Can’t recommend it enough – a good challenge picking out pieces and matching up centres. 

It should still be easy enough if you can solve a 4×4, but in case you get stuck Rline has recently uploaded a tutorial here. His channel is well worth a look – his method is based around just two moves/algorithms to solve a HUGE variety of puzzles. 

Anyway, a highly recommended puzzle. Not too expensive and definitely one you can go back to again and again – also, another culprit for future layer by layer solves. 

Here it is scrambled:

More tomorrow, pop pickers!

22.6.16

Lanlan 4×4 Rhombic Dodecahedron


So, while we were on the topic of super cubes, I thought I would run with it.

This is a 4×4 shape mod, so has super properties.

Was bought from Cubezz a while back. I checked last night to make sure of the brand – they still have these for £5 and odd. So worthwhile. If you’re ordering a batch from abroad, add one in. Worthwhile while you are paying for shipping anyway.

Otherwhise, you can pick one up quickly in the UK for not much more: Puzzle Store.

It’s a nice puzzle, well made, turns well and is more of a challenge than a 4×4. It catches a bit, but I am sure a bit of lube would fix that. Plus, you get the fun of figuring out the centres  first!

I recently went through a phase of adding bigger cubes to my collection – a new 4×4, 5×5 (both to replace the ones I had), 6×6 – 9×9 and the ill-fated 10×10. This was mainly because I had started layer by layer solving – I followed some tutorials by SAV (links page) for layer by layer and AI solves. I sort of combined the methods and came up with a way I was comfortable solving any even or odd layered puzzles. So, I needed to test it.

I tried out this technique on my Moyu 4×4 Fisher cube, but the last layer didn’t really work. Unfortunately. Maybe I will give it a try on this (although definitely not in my 30 minute lunch break!!).

Anyway, here is this one scrambled. Definitely worth a bash, give it a try if you want something a bit different to a normal cube:

21.6.16

Eastsheen 5×5 supercube


Well, I was a bit torn over today’s choice. After yesterday’s 4×4 supercube, I didn’t know whether to stick to the supercube theme, or go with 4×4 mods.

In the end, I went with this guy. Bought at the same time as the 4×4 (I’d been hankering after them for a while – bought them while they were on special offer). I think this one was around 10 bucks. Too good not to!!

Much the same as the 4×4, light, uncapped centres, but good stickers and all in all a nice cube.

I guess you could get a cheap Shengshou and a set of stickers for the same price, but, well, it’s just not the same, is it?

Here it is scrambled:


See you tomorrow for more fun and frolics.

20.6.16

Eastsheen 4×4 Super Cube


So, last week’s sheepy adventure reminded me of the fun of super cubes. I sat on the sofa over the weekend and spotted this. 

I got this a while ago from Cube4you. A real bargain – about $7 US, I think. 

It’s a nice cube – light. The centre cubies aren’t capped, but that doesn’t seem to make a difference to the movement:

I’m almost tempted to add a video to this post just for comparison – when I bought the sheep cube, I also picked up a 4×4 super cube. REALLY terrible. Almost impossible to move:

Anyways, this is today’s cube, a nice one. Can’t go wrong with it if a 4×4 super cube is what you’re after. 

But it leaves me wondering what tomorrow’s choice will be. Hmmm…..

Here it is scrambled:

Edit: I tried to solve the bad cube while she is away, but it is IMPOSSIBLE (sorry for the not very good video):