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To think the rubix cube is impossible to solve.

(57 Posts)
McNewPants2013 Sun 30-Dec-12 20:30:18

I have been trying for weeks since my birthday on 14th December.

It just can't be solved

RandomMess Sun 30-Dec-12 20:30:46

Eh, of course it can confused

bealos Sun 30-Dec-12 20:31:15

I would like to agree with you, as personally I can't do it, but my dp can do it. It's like a weird party trick. He learnt how to do it living as a kid on a farm in NZ apparently!

Shutupanddrive Sun 30-Dec-12 20:31:55

No it's not impossible. My brother can do it. (I just used to take the stickers off!)

Sparklyblue Sun 30-Dec-12 20:32:51

My BIL can do it in minutes, he's a right brain box though grin

McNewPants2013 Sun 30-Dec-12 20:33:54

A glimmer of hope that it can be done, I am close to donating it to the bin

AnnoyingOrange Sun 30-Dec-12 20:35:07

For some strange reason, children can usually do it quite easily

Meglet Sun 30-Dec-12 20:35:53

In theory I know it's possible, and within 60 seconds for experts.

But the most I ever managed was 2 sides. I had a 'you can do the cube' book and everything. Pah.

Cezzy Sun 30-Dec-12 20:35:57

I used to do it prising it apart and putting it back together correctly, my school friend in the 80s could do it really quick. There used to be a booklet with the instructions.

Llareggub Sun 30-Dec-12 20:36:19

I rearranged the stickers in the end :-)

McNewPants2013 Sun 30-Dec-12 20:36:40

I have even googled it and still can't do it lol

Emandlu Sun 30-Dec-12 20:37:14

My brother can do it. He says its something about seeing the patterns.

Hulababy Sun 30-Dec-12 20:37:19

Dd got one for Christmas but none of us can even get close. Watching some 100 best toys things on tv and people doing them in seconds!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

thenightsky Sun 30-Dec-12 20:38:55

DS (now aged 21) can do a basic (3 cube deep) Rubix cube in about 2 minutes. He has a bigger four cube deep one he does in about 4 mins. He has been given a five cube deep one for xmas. Not sure if he's done that one yet.

He solved the 3 cuber when he was about 11.

EcoLady Sun 30-Dec-12 20:39:17
mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sun 30-Dec-12 20:39:29

I used to be able to do it..... It's easy when you learn the method actually. I haven't tried for years though

McNewPants2013 Sun 30-Dec-12 20:39:31

Hula what channel is that on

complexnumber Sun 30-Dec-12 20:40:40

I heard that any rubric cube orientation can be solved in a max number of 20 moves!

www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-08/gods-number-revealed-20-moves-will-solve-any-rubiks-cube-position

It just means the rest of us are a little slower...

LeeCoakley Sun 30-Dec-12 20:42:21

I could do it when it first came out. In about 2 minutes if I solved the top layer quickly, otherwise up to 5 minutes or so. I just made up a solution which was a bit random hence the different solving times. I couldn't do it now though!

LostInWales Sun 30-Dec-12 20:44:46

DH can do it in about 60s but then he didn't have a girlfriend until he was 21...

PeppermintonCandyCane Sun 30-Dec-12 20:47:37

There's a way to do it - probably the one in the link although I haven't looked at it. IIRC it involved repeating the same sequence of moves several times, then bingo!

FredFredGeorge Sun 30-Dec-12 20:51:27

LostInWales So is it related to wrist strength or loneliness then?

I figured out a route to do it when I was a teenager, was a bit random on getting it into the right state for me to solve it from after getting the first 2 layers done, but I'd always get there in the end - something like 5 minutes like LeeCoakley I'd say. Doubt I could do it now, but hopefully still have the mind to figure it out.

musicmadness Sun 30-Dec-12 20:56:51

I can do it - it's just to do with the algorithms. The only truly intuitive bit is solving the first cross. The thing is when you make a side it is not enough to have the side all one colour, it needs to be all one colour on one side and the other colour on the edge pieces needs to match the colour of the centre of the adjacent side. www.rubikssolver.com/ Follow the instructions in this to solve it. Go very slowly at first or you will lose your place and have to start again. You soon get the hang of it if you practice a few times!

CoteDAzur Sun 30-Dec-12 20:57:32

Maybe you should try solving a Rubik's Cube, instead smile

MummytoKatie Sun 30-Dec-12 21:05:47

I used to be able to do it in about 2/3 minutes. Not sure if I still can as I can't find the d@mn thing and I've had 1.5 kids since then (18 weeks pregnant with second) so my brain is not as it was. But I'd probably get it eventually if I had the time and energy. (And a tidy house so I could find it.)

I used to do the top layer. Then the corners. Then the rest.

LostInWales Sun 30-Dec-12 21:08:14

Fred I'm going to go with lots of time on his hands and ignore the obvious innuendo there wink

Cote grin

SarahStratton Sun 30-Dec-12 22:17:20

I used to be able to do it, it was one of my party tricks. There's a set of moves that solves it every single time, provided you always hold it a set way (I used to hold it with the centre blue square facing me).

I've forgotten it now, and my party trick had been reduced to Donald Duck impressions. sad

Pixel Sun 30-Dec-12 22:39:50

I used to be able to do it in about a minute when they first came out <shows age> as I knew the formula. Wouldn't have a clue now though!

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Sun 30-Dec-12 22:42:36

Used to be able to do it too. Think I would struggle without a solution now!

musicmadness Sun 30-Dec-12 22:44:23

Anyone who can solve one and wants a challenge should try solving this. It is a really good party trick grin.

ReinDearPrudence Sun 30-Dec-12 22:47:45

I can do it, but only having memorised sequences of moves. It takes about 2 minutes, and is easy once you've learned it.

When I was young I could actually solve it but no way could I do that now.

moonbells Sun 30-Dec-12 22:53:06

I memorised the moves when I was about 11 (when the Cube came out) and as long as I don't think too hard when I'm solving it, I can still do it. It's like my physical memory still works but the brain one doesn't,

Had to work out the solution to the 4x4 though, then I made the mistake of lending that Cube to a school friend and they broke it. Never got another one. Sniff.

Yet things come full circle. DS is fascinated by the 3x3 and I'm sure one day he'll crack it.

It's just a bunch of algorithms. My DS can do it in about 2 mins, he is age 9. He taught me and I can do it in about 4 mins.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Sun 30-Dec-12 22:56:17

it's dead easy.
there's a brill video set on YouTube that i followed.

works every time
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HsQIoPyfQzM

nickelbabylyinginamanger Sun 30-Dec-12 22:56:56
Trills Sun 30-Dec-12 22:58:04

I don't know about reasonable, but it would seem that you don't understand what the word "impossible" means.

KellyEllyChristmasBelly Sun 30-Dec-12 23:10:45

I can't even do the flat ones where you move the squares around smile

blackeyedsusan Sun 30-Dec-12 23:14:48

I can't personally. the closest i got was 2 layers and the cross on the bottom... however, there were other pupils at school who could solve the damn thing in seconds...

VonNeurosis Sun 30-Dec-12 23:15:37

Why not up the ante and try solving them hurtling to earth in a rubber dinghy?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuNOvlqJ1IU

Give it to a small child they can do them.
Also my Dh can do it in about 10 minutes, Ds takes long about 20 and other Ds and me, not in a million years.
So we went out and bout Dh the more difficult one, www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-5011-Rubiks-Cube/dp/B0001CU16A and bloody pain in the arse finished it too.

I bought not bout.

SoupDragon Sun 30-Dec-12 23:43:49

2 mins 30 seconds was my best ever time.

Sadly I can't remember how to get the corners in place now which is rather important.

It's really easy though - all about learning how to manipulate a given block into place without disturbing the others.

BackforGood Sun 30-Dec-12 23:47:48

YABU in saying you think it's impossible to solve, when there are clearly thousands of people who can do it. If I remember back to my childhood, I'm sure the 'record breakers' used to do it in under a minute.
Personally, I've never managed to do it, but then there's loads of things I've never mastered, doesn't mean they are impossible to do.
I hope Mr Rubik made a lot of money from it, and didn't just sell out for a few dollars early on smile

quoteunquote Sun 30-Dec-12 23:57:11

I can do it,

I can also teach you to do it.

do a face(white) and work down in slices,

then place the corners in the right location,

then turn the corners so they match the middle pieces on each face,

then the middle bits around the bottom slice,

that's the basic fool proof method,

I can talk through any moves.

Hulababy Mon 31-Dec-12 11:58:34

Using the instructions it has just taken me most of the morning to solve it!!! But it is now done smile
Next challenge will be to do it without instructions but not today.

Solution I used was

White cross with matching the colours below - middle and one above - on each side. Order blue, orange, green, red
Then did white corners
Next middle and top layer of each 4 colour
Then yellow side

SoupDragon Mon 31-Dec-12 12:06:56

My method was:
Top face (I always went with orange grin)
Bottom corners
Middle layer
Bottom layer

I must google how to place the corners...

cardamomginger Mon 31-Dec-12 12:09:34

DH could do it behind his back. He's an engineer. I couldn't do it even following the instructions in the book grin.

OhyouMerryLittleKitten Mon 31-Dec-12 12:26:11

I need to buy a cube now.

I could do two layers, but have forgotten the instructions on how to complete the third layer.

It was years ago. I need a cube, now

nightowlmostly Mon 31-Dec-12 13:33:13

My dad taught me how when I was a kid, there's a set of moves that will do it every time. First the corners, then the edges. It was really easy to do when you knew how, obviously! Can't remember it now though...

DandyDan Mon 31-Dec-12 16:14:10

I can do it - I learned the method thirty-odd years ago and never forgot. And have now passed it on to my kids.

Yes, remove stickers and basically cheat grin

thegreylady Mon 31-Dec-12 16:23:39

My ds can do it really quickly and so can dgs whereas I never managed more than one face.Mind you I cant get solitaire [the one with marbles] out either and I cant do a jigsaw with more than 100 pieces blush

Dawndonna Mon 31-Dec-12 17:15:16

dd1 can do it in 45 seconds.
She raised a fortune for charity doing it in school assembly. They all bet on her time, teachers too. She got just over £400.00.

5Foot5 Mon 31-Dec-12 17:30:21

I learnt how to do it dead quick when they were first out in the 80s but this was by following one of the printed solutions. I never actually "solved" it for myself IYSWIM

TandB Mon 31-Dec-12 17:33:08

I've never even got a single side done. I just don't understand it.

There was a puzzle called the dragon lock about 20 years ago and it was supposed to be fiendishly difficult but I could do that one. I suppose it is just about how your brain works.

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