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To think the rubix cube is impossible to solve.

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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

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.

DrGoogleWillSeeYouNow Sun 30-Dec-12 22:55:53

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

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?

SquinkiesRule Sun 30-Dec-12 23:41:58

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, and bloody pain in the arse finished it too.

SquinkiesRule Sun 30-Dec-12 23:42:23

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.

FryOneFatManic Mon 31-Dec-12 12:58:17

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

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