Category Archives: Master

5.8.16

QJ Super Square-1


So, as if it wasn’t obvious, today is about biggering. After yesterday’s Square-1, so today is the super square-1. 

This was a gift from my wish list a long while ago. I don’t think I even knew what it was!! Just saw it and liked the look of it – no cuboid experience, no square-1 experience. Good luck, me…..

I really struggled and ended us watching videos to solve it. I had NO IDEA!

Still don’t……

BUT. I did write out my own guide for it. And lost that. 😦

Hey ho. So this sits mostly untouched on the shelf with all of the others. 


It’s a nice puzzle. Really well made. The stickers have this strange, gritty kind of feel to them. Unlike any others I have. But that’s how they have always been. 

I think there were a lot of complaints about this puzzle, but I have none. It turns very well and only locks up if it isn’t lined up properly!! Which seems pretty obvious!

I like it. 

I would have got a Square-1 first, and maybe a cuboid or two, but other than that, I like it. Give it a bash – this one actually came from Amazon, but they aren’t in stock any more. A quick search shows that Cubezz have them for well under ten pounds. GET STUCK IN!!

Here it is scrambled:


And now we are down to 11:


Have a good weekend!

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2.8.16

MF8 Gigaminx


Well, as an obvious step up from yesterday’s Megaminx, it’s the turn of the giga today. 

Solve-wise, I don’t think there is much of a difference – than there is between solving a 3×3 and a 4×4. 

Saying that, this was a gift possibly two Christmases ago (from my wish list), but hasn’t been solved very many times. So it is hard to remember…

If I’m right quite a lot of people weren’t overly impressed with this puzzle. I did a few turns this morning when I picked it up to take to work and it seems to turn well enough. The stickers are all intact and it’s a comfortable weight. It’s OK. Not going to break any speed solving records, especially now that the cheaper and better Shengshou version is available. 

The amount of times I solve this puzzle tells me that I have no need for the Shengshou, but if you don’t have a Gigaminx already, that’s probably the road for you. 

So, here is this one scrambled:


And, of course, only 14 days to go:

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.