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    Cube Puzzles/Games

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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    Hey, a 3X3X3 cube is so last year - why not try 4X4X4 or 5X5X5 (as my grandson does). Indeed, there are now cubes(?) of many sizes and shapes (he has quite a few).
    I have 5 on my desk atm—3x, 4x, 5x, Pyraminx & Skewb—and maybe another 20 in a drawer, my GF is more into them than I am these days.

    I tried the 4x and decided it was too much like work. It would need more dedication, but hopefully not as much as this guy:
    Rubik's Cube finally solved after 26 years by avid fan
    Perhaps on some future rainy day at the beach. 5x I'll leave in case I fall into a coma sometime and get bored

    Easiest Start

    The 2x cube should be the easiest—well, discounting the 1x —but it's tricky enough. I haven't found a way to solve it without memorizing moves, which seems a bit pointless to me.
    I recommend the Pyraminx/Pyramid [linked above] as the easiest start and best way to find out if someone has the bug or not. Follow on to the 2x and 3x if hooked.

    Fun Cubes

    The Mirror is a fun variation of the 3x—solves exactly the same way.

    I got the Megaminx 1/2 solved in maybe an hour, but again looks way too much like work to even come close to finishing.

    Skewb linked above is a relatively easy variation, nice occasional diversion.
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    Lugh, your Mirror link is incorrect - only www.

    Yup, there's stacks of these things around - even ones which aren't regular. My grandson is a whizz with most, even his younger sisters aren't too bad. I think it's a case of the younger you start the easier it is (like many things).
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    Thanks Access, link fixed.
    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    the younger you start the easier it is
    I think it's more a case of having an interest. I played with the original cube back in the 80s when it came out, but dropped it after about a month—could solve 2 layers, but no chance with the third.

    Of course these days there are YouTube videos and online instructions—without those, it probably wouldn't have mattered how much interest I had!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh View Post
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    I tried the 4x and decided it was too much like work. It would need more dedication, but hopefully not as much as this guy:
    Rubik's Cube finally solved after 26 years by avid fan
    Easiest Start

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    I too have had a Rubik's Cube sitting around for 3 decades, once every couple of years I look at if to see if has reached Enlightenment and solved itself. ... Because I never could!

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