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Rubik’s Fifteen: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Rubik’s Fifteen, the mechanical puzzle, came out around 1988 at the same time as Rubik’s Clock. Both are terrific because the mechanisms are quite clever.  However, both are kind of easy.
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It may seem that Rubik’s Fifteen is double sided. Yes and no. Yes, both sides have numbers.  One side is red with Roman Numerals, the other side is yellow with regular numbers. The yellow side is harder than the red side because some numbers get hidden under the black frame.
I originally solved the yellow side by focusing on the red side where I could see all of the numbers, because a 7 on one side is still a 7 on the other.
Now you don’t have to buy the actual puzzle because the virtual puzzle is here and it’s free. But the virtual model is missing that tactile magic.

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A simple trick to crack all Rubik’s cubes

This video is perfect for new twisty puzzle people to figure out how to come up with your own algorithms for solving any twisty puzzle.  As opposed to copying somebody else’s formulae.
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Fastest Robot Solving Rubik’s Cube

About 18 months ago I attended the Rubik’s Cube exhibit at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.  It had a video showing the history of robots that could solve Rubik’s Cube.  I believe the fastest machine did it in 6 seconds. Or maybe it was 3 seconds.

Well, there’s a new robot in town that is blazing fast.
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Another Robot solves Rubik’s Cube in record time

I’ve lost track of how many robots have broken the record for speed cubing. This record is going to stand for a while.
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Who owns the largest Rubik’s Cube?

Michael Hostetler They were actually very careful to make the distinction between yours and theirs. “This is a truly amazing and unique kinematic mechanism that functions as a Rubik’s cube,” said Noel Perkins, the Donald T. Greenwood Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and adviser to the students, in a news release. “There is no other human-manipulable cube like this, to the best of our knowledge. That said, it is not technically the largest cube. We’re aware of a larger cube that requires the user to literally roll it on the ground to solve and rotate the faces. None of that is required by our stationary design. So to be very precise, it is the world’s largest stationary, human manipulable Rubik’s cube.”…/giant_rubiks_cube_installed_on…

Giant Rubik’s Cube installed on University of Michigan campus

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Tony Fisher
Tony Fisher I have read what they wrote and the distinction is totally contrived. Mine can be stationary and mind is hand solvable. They have made the 2nd largest working Rubik’s Cube in the world yet that would not have made headlines. I have had multiple comments on my videos about me losing the record and they have succeeded in their attempts to mislead. Disgraceful.
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Neil Hutchison
Neil Hutchison Take it to Guinness, they would have to confirm the claim, and that would surely be disputed.
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Michael Gottlieb
Michael Gottlieb The only difference between a “stationary, human manipulable” cube and yours is a stand that holds it in the air for you. Not much of a distinction!
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Tony Fisher
Tony Fisher Neil Hutchison It’s not an issue for Guinness or which is the larger since there is no despite about that. It’s about people believing something false. In a week or two if you search for “what is the largest Rubik’s Cube” it will be theirs. That’s the way search engines work.
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Robin Verstraten
Robin Verstraten a better title to give some credit: “the worlds largest fully functioning rubik’s cube that isn’t made by tony fisher”
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Tomas Linden
Tomas Linden I have a 1x1x1meter that is a exact upscaled version of the original (all parts identical with the original except size and material). Mine is (afaik) the biggest wooden Cube! Maybe there is room in the world for different versions!????
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Tony Fisher
Tony Fisher I was trying to see how big there’s it. It looks about the same as yours and 1m seems a logical size. That would make it equal 2nd (or 3rd?). 
Ignoring the misleading claims I have to admit it looks pretty good.
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22 x 22 x 22 Rubik’s Cube

About 6 years ago Oskar van Deventer premiered his World Record 17 x 17 x 17 cube at the New York Puzzle Party. I was one of the ‘expert witnesses’ who wrote a letter to the officials at Guiness to confirm that this was indeed the largest n x n x n Rubik’s Cube.

Nathan Wilson has shattered that record. See for yourself:
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Rubik’s Cube turns 40

Early 1981: after playing with the cube on/off for a few weeks, I woke up on a Sunday morning and said to myself: TODAY IS THE DAY THAT I WILL SOLVE THIS. 9 hours later, it was DONE! (Halfway through my grandmother came over and she wanted to try it. Within seconds, she ruined whatever progress I had.) I got the corners by partial luck and then figured out the edges. I didn’t fully understand my algorithms. The next day it took me only 4 hours. The day after – 2 hours. Eventually I came up with an algorithm for the corners. I know that my method is slow – my fastest time is about 2 minutes. I’m resistant to learn the faster methods because I didn’t figure them out myself. Erno Rubik is a great man.

Mr. Erno Rubik could be the most influential person of the 20th century.
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New World Record for solving Rubiks Cube
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Flat Cubes: a 2D Rubik’s Cube by Christophe Scholly FREE

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Flat Cubes: a 2D Rubik’s Cube comes from Christophe Scholly. How many times have we seen puzzles described as a 2-dimensional Rubik’s Cube?

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The object is to slide/transfer the colored tiles onto their targets.

Interesting: not all the rows/columns can slide.  Only the ones that have the black borders can slide.

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There are 100 levels and I solved the first 25 in about 30 minutes.  Last night I solved the next 40 levels in about 45 minutes. 

If you’ve never done this type of puzzle, then definitely give this a chance. The graphics are really very polished.

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