Category Archives: 3×3

1.8.16

Shengshou Megaminx


Here we go. Last three weeks. It’s going to fly by, I’m sure….


Today it’s time for a cube that isn’t a cube! A megaminx. 

So, after I learned my lesson the other week – a quick summary. A cube that’s not a cube? Basically, this is a 3×3 x 12. Of sorts. It’s works the same and interacts the same way as a 3×3 does, just with more sides to solve. The same algorithms work – just with a slight modification – to twist a face back to starting position takes five turns instead of the normal three on a 3×3 cube. Not rocket science and with a bit of figuring, should be easy enough if you can solve a standard cube. 

This one is a Shengshou. Nothing special. Well, I say that but my Amazon order history shows this was the first non 3×3 puzzle I bought (I think I bought an official Rubik’s 3×3, then a Dayan Panchi, which was a birthday gift, then a Dayan Zanchi and then this). So a bit of a milestone. 

I vaguely remember getting it. And figuring it out on my own – I was very new to vining, but was able to do this with my very small knowledge of solving a 3×3. 

Considering how cheap this was, it’s a very nice puzzle. Well made, turns VERY well, well stickered. I can’t really fault it. It’s definitely not a speedsolving puzzle, but that’s not really my bag, so I am happy with it. 

If you have a fairly large collection, I’m sure you already have a megaminx. If you don’t, branch out – give it a try!

Here it is scrambled:


See you tomorrow for another countdown day!

26.7.16

Witeden 3x3x9


Here we go. Back with the cubic cuboids again. Ps – only 19 more to go….


Anyway. Back to it. This was a Christmas gift (from my sister, I think) – the Amazon wish list is a great thing! I think this was bought through Amazon, but I like the fact that you can bookmark products from other shops into your list as well. Distracted again. Sorry. 

Very much the same as yesterday, this is a cuboid puzzle but in a cube shape. The way I solve this one (not sure about others) would be to first orient the layers – pretty much solving it as a 3×3 cube but without worrying about piece placement, just so that the individual layers can then be turned. Then solve the layers as I would a normal cuboid – centre layer first, then basically domino solving each layer working outwards from the centre. 
There may be an easier or quicker way to go about it, but that’s the way I do it and I’m quite happy with it!!

It’s a very nicely made puzzle. Solid, sturdy, turns well with nice stickers.

A quick search shows these to be around £15. Not a bad price for a nice puzzle. There are different versions of this available – roadblocks (I think). The variation comes with the top and bottom centres also having three thin layers instead of the solid block on this one. I guess, just adding one more step to the solve. 

Anyway, nice puzzle. Not too tricky if you’re just getting in to cuboids. Give it a whirl!

Here it is scrambled:


Very nice. Reminds me of liquorice allsorts!

See you tomorrow!

25.7.16

Cube4You Cubic 3x3x5


Well, the countdown is on – 20 more working days left for me, so that means 20 more definite daily blogs. 


Anyway, this week I thought I would show some cuboids. Nothing majorly extravagant, all mass-produced, but still fun. 

Today’s is a cubic 3x3x5. You can see the middle layer is full-sized. I guess the benefit there is that you get a dual solve – the cuboid parts and then the standard 3×3. Well, I suppose you reshape it as a 3c3 to be able to move around the small layers, solve those and then solve the 3×3. 

It’s a nice puzzle, turns well with nice, thick stickers. 

Well under ten pounds from Z Cube. Not a bad transition from cubes to cuboids. 

Here it is scrambled:


See you tomorrow for more from the cuboid family. 

21.7.16

YJ Rainbow Inequilateral Cube

I suppose after the last couple of cubes, this is the next, sensible option. 

It’s pretty much a combination of the last two cubes – a shape mod and a sticker mod. 

The shape mod is the same as the bump cube from two days ago and the sticker mod is the same as yesterday – centre rotation causing the problems. 

As with the standard bump cube, every piece has a place – no extra difficulty there. But the centre sticker has to be rotated correctly for the cube to be solved. 

I think I bought this a few months back – probably around February (my birthday is the first of Feb, so a well-sized order normally goes in around then!). 

It was crazy cheap – less than TWO POUNDS!! 

You can buy these from all of the major cubes seller (home and abroad). Definitely well worth a punt considering the cost. 

Just a quick update – I have added Oliver’s Stickers to the link page – give him a try for all of your sticker needs. He had tons of different shapes and styles. I’m fairly sure you can email him custom designs if you want to print your own super cube. 

Here’s this one scrambled:


See you tomorrow for some Friday fun!

20.7.16

Rubik’s Cadbury 3×3


Well, as promised yesterday – a 3×3 sticker mod ( as opposed to yesterday’s shape mod). 

Again, and quite obviously, this is still just a 3×3 but with a twist. 

As you can see, the stickers are different (hence sticker mod). 


The solve is very much the same as a normal 3×3 but with an extra step – you now have to pay attention of the rotation of the centres. With a standard cube, the centres rotate but you don’t notice because the sticker is just one colour and no pattern. 

Here you can see what I am talking about – a rotated (and therefore unsolved) centre:


There’s not much more challenge here ( as long as you know how to turn the centres). 

I guess just the patterns or pictures are down to personal preference. 

Here is this one scrambled:


See you tomorrow!

19.7.16

Shengshou Mirror (“bump”) 3×3


So, pretty obvious after yesterday’s post. 

What was also pretty obvious was that yesterday’s post wasn’t very good – I must admit, I did rush it, but it wasn’t just that. I realised I didn’t really know who I was blogging for – there have been some comments that this is good for new cubers to see the different types of puzzle available. Probably not much use for experienced cuber who probably have a lot of these puzzles. 

So then, I realised it probably wouldn’t be very clear to a new cuber what a bump cube actually is!! So, I am going to try to explain that in each post from now on – experienced cubers can bear with me (we’ve all been new to something sometime, right?) and hopefully, it will be of use to newer cubers. 

So…….a mirror, or bump cube is a 3×3 shape mod (still has the same mechanical structure as a 3×3, but the outer shapes of the pieces are different). As opposed to a sticker mod, where the pieces are the same snap, but the puzzle is stickered differently to change the look and difficulty of the puzzle (see previous posts on super cubes). I  will show a 3×3 sticker mod tomorrow. 

Although, saying that, it is a slight sticker mod although the stickers don’t affect the difficulty – every piece is shaped differently, so has an exact position – if this was a normal 3×3 covered in stickers that were all the same colour, it would be pretty easy – right??

The structure here is the same – 3 layers, centres, edges and corners. The pieces are just shaped differently – layer one is thin, two is about normal and three is BIG. Turning is the same, solving is the same – find a piece (the difficult bit) then place it as you normally would (the easy bit!!). 

As I said yesterday, this was a gift bought from Amazon, for only a few pounds – can be bought from pretty much any cube shop for not very much money. 

Give it a try, you might like it. 

Now, if only I could afford for tomorrow’s cube of the day to be a 4×4 mirror cube!

Here’s this guy scrambled: