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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:31 pm

3x3x3 Star

Same as the heart, difficult to solve and you need to get those centre orientation correct. Another shape shifting cube.

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby steve131 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:28 pm

You got a good collection there Roy 8-) , do you know if Mr Rubick gets any royalties from these or are they different people's ideas ? :?:
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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:06 pm

Thanks Steve,

I don't know about royalties, I'm sure if they change the design in some way, then there is no copyright.

3x3x3 Egg

Another shape shifting puzzle where you need to ensure centre orientation is correct.

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby Mark » Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:05 pm

As far as I know, Mr Rubik didn’t patent the cube, and has never got royalties from them.
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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:48 pm

If you thought all the previous puzzles were difficult, the next few gets even trickier to solve.

3x3x3 Axis or Axel

The axis on these are skewb at different angles. When scrambled, it's a complete mess, there is no telling which parts goes where. This is a shape shifting cube, centre orientation is also required.

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby Mark » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:57 am

Transformer cube!
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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:00 pm

Mark wrote:Transformer cube!


Yes, this cube is also known as the Transformer Cube

Imagecube transfomer by Jess Lee, on Flickr

I also own a Mirror version

3x3x3 Axis or Axel or Transformer Mirror cube

Another very tricky cube to solve, also ensuring those centre orientation are correct.

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:54 pm

The original Rubik cube was a 3x3x3 cube. This was my first cube and was the one that I learned how to solve the cube on. It was over 30 years ago since I first learnt how to solve the cube and I can do it with my eye closed, well almost.

So solving a 3x3x3 is second nature to me, but as you can see from some of my previous post, even though they are the same to solve, each individual variation of the cube makes each one comes with it own challenges.

This next cube is a 3x3x3 just like the original cube, but it has to be the most difficult 3x3x3 cube that I own.


3x3x3 Ghost Cube, just like the previous Axis/Axel cube, it is very difficult to identify each piece and where they go. Centre orientation is also required to solve it.

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How ever this cube has another element, I'll try my best to explain it. Some cubes can lock preventing you from turning them until you line up the cube correctly.

Let me try and explain with a standard Rubik 3x3x3 cube.

This next image shows you the cube nicely lined up, which means that you can turn the cube on any axis

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However, if you turn one or two parallel sides half way and stop, this will prevent you from turning any other sides until you line up the cube again. It locks the cube as shown in the next image.

ImageIMG_3358 by Jess Lee, on Flickr

With the ghost cube, it is the opposite, if you have it nice and squared up looking like a cube, it locks up the cube, you can't turn any of the sides apart from one.

So what you are seeing with the Ghost cube in the next image is how the standard Rubik cube is shown sitting next to it. You can't turn either cube apart from the two sides that are out of aliment.

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To free up the Ghost cube, you need to move the cube out of shape slightly to line up all the lines.

In the next image, the standard Rubik cube has been squared up, but the ghost cube has slightly been off set to allow all the sides to turn on their axis.

So what you are seeing with the Ghost cube in the next image is how the standard Rubik cube is shown sitting next to it. You can now turn the ghost cube in any direction.

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The ghost cube in the above image has only been move slightly in all directions, as you can see, with only moving it slightly out of shape, it looks a total mess, and it only needed to be move a notch in each direction to put it back again to square, this was enough for me to accidentally lose how to put it back again and completely mess it up. So I spent the last few hours trying to solve it.

It is the fact that you need to have the cube out of shape to solve it, is what makes this so difficult, you can easily lose where you are. At each step of solving it, you have to square it up to see you progress, then slightly un-shape it again so that you can turn it. It has to be the most difficult 3x3x3 cube in the world to solve.
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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:42 pm

Time to get fruity

3x3x3 Lemon, this even has the texture of a lemon skin (hard plastic not soft, but full of tiny dimples) , A shape shifting puzzle with paying attention to the centre orientation.

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:38 am

The lemon cube is cute, but that ghost cube is impossibly fiendish!
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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:18 pm

3x3x3 Apple (Red)

Another shape-shifting cube with centre orientation required to solve

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:26 pm

2x2x3 Banana

Another shape shifting cube with centre orientation required.

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and where do I keep my puzzle cube shape fruit? .....


...well in a fruit bowl of course!

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:17 pm

The last post contained the Banana which was a 2x2x3.

Today cube is the standard version of the 2x2x3 cube

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:00 pm

This one was newly added to my collection within the last week

2x3x3 Cube

Less blocks doesn't necessarily means it's any easier to solve than a standard cube, actually more trickier as solving it requires different techniques

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:21 pm

Another recently acquired cube to my ever growing collection

3x3x3 12 colours cube

Each side has four triangles made up of different colours, centre orientation is required to solve this one

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby steve131 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:54 pm

Never been able to do the original ,my brain would just collapse with this one :shock: :? :lol:
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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:47 am

With you all the way Steve. Some of these designers definitely have a sadistic streak!
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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:46 pm

Like I said before, I learnt how to do a regular Rubik cube back in the 80's when I was at high school. Back them you would start off by solving the top layer and then work your way down using various different algorithms.

The problem with working from top to bottom, it slows you down, especially if you are trying to speed cube as you are constantly turning the cube over to see what comes next.

Speed cubers work from bottom upwards. This saves time as you are not turning the whole cube over every few minutes.

Over the last winter, I learn't a new way of solving the cube by working from bottom upwards, but not only that, it only requires just the one algorithm to learn. It's such a simple method that I've recently taught Jess on how to solve a standard Rubik cube.

If anyone would like to learn how to solve a standard cube, then let me know and I will try and post a link or video explaining on how to solve a standard Rubik cube.

This next cube is another new one that I recived over the weekend. Usually the easy part for most people is solving the first side, however, the way that this cube is printed, it took me a good hour just to figure out where each block goes to solve the first side, it was very confusing. One I solved the first side, the rest of the cube fell into place

Another 3x3x3 Unequal Rainbow (different design to previous ones), because the block are unequal sizes, it means that this cube is a shape shifting one, also the centre orientation is required.

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:00 pm

Now I going to show you some barrel cubes. They are not cube shape

3x3x3 Octagon Barrel

A shape shifting puzzle

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Re: What is in the Jiffy? My Rubik cube Puzzle collection

Postby royjess » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:37 pm

3x3x3 Round Edge Barrel

Another shape-shifting cube

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