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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rubik's Cube

I had it sitting on a bookshelf for years.  A former friend said he solved it the first time he ever played with one, but he had a strange sense of humor.  If you couldn't prove him wrong, he claimed he did it it.  If you could, he denied saying he claimed to have done it.  Does that remind you of a President-Elect?

Anyway, I had the darn thing about 90% done but couldn't figure out how to get beyond that.

So I was looking at the thing last week and looked it up on the internet.  Several places claimed to show how to do it "in 2 easy steps".  Right.  The videos made little sense.  But they all said to start with a cross of any color and all started with white (because that is where the logo is, I suppose).

It took me a while to get THAT!  Then the idea is to get the corners white.  Baffled me.  I coyldn't follow the video even by repeating it.

I'm persistent.

I finally caught on to part of the trick.  You keep the top white you have and move the lower 2 levels around to where you can get another white up.  Then move the op away and spin the lower side  up and move the top back.

Doesn't make any sense, does it?  You have to DO it to get it.

Anyway, I have finally have a whole white side.  I bet the rest is tricky.  On the other hand, when you get one side all one color, it means the other colors are more concentrated.  That probably helps.

If I ever get the whole thing done, I'll take pictures.  If I never mention this again, it means I didn't.  But I'm keeping my mind working...


Update:  I seem to have a faulty Rubik's Cube.   Following the detailed instructions does NOT get me to the picture on the next page.  Obviously *I* am not at fault...

1 comment:

Megan said...

OBVIOUSLY. No wonder you can't solve it if your puzzle is faulty! LOL