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From: whuang@ugcs.caltech.edu (Wei-Hwa Huang)
Subject: Creative ways of solving the cube
Date: 9 Dec 1998 15:48:18 GMT
Organization: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
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Nichael Lynn Cramer writes:
>This is not a formal solution, but --say when I want to kill some time-- I
>often find it entertaining to solve the 5X cube in "ascending spirals".
Although I don't play with my 5x5x5 much, I do play with the 3x3x3 a lot
and have entertained myself by solving it in many different ways.
The canonical methods:
1. First level, second level, third level
2. Centers, corners, edges
After much more understanding, however, I now try different techniques
for entertainment. In order of approximate difficulty:
0. Solve to a particular state (pons asinorum, super-flip)
1. Corners, edges, centers
2. Edges, corners, centers (rather disorienting)
3. First level, third level, center slice
4. One face at a time, with no regard to correct cubie placement
as long as the color is correct (this is fun)
5. Solve to a particular subgroup (half-turn group, anti-slice group)
then stay in that subgroup
--
Wei-Hwa Huang, whuang@ugcs.caltech.edu, http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~whuang/
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