It’s Follow-Up Friday: Rubik Rap edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’d like to return to the subject of Rubik’s Cubes!

I’ve written about Rubik’s Cubes plenty of times before, but today, I want to focus on learning how to conquer the cube.

There are numerous videos and how-to guides online that offer tips to improve your Rubik’s solving, but one video jumped out at me, because it taught you how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in song form.

Oh yes, there’s a Rubik’s Cube rap, courtesy of YouTube icon DeStorm:

Did his lyrical instructions help you finally unravel the mysteries of the Rubik’s Cube? Let me know in the comments!


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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Rubik’s Under Pressure edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’d like to return to the subject of twisty puzzles and the Rubik’s Cube!

You know, every time I think I’ve seen it all when it comes to Rubik’s Cube, some enterprising solver proves me wrong yet again. I mean, in writing three blog posts a week here for years, I’ve seen a LOT of cool things done with Rubik’s Cubes.

I’ve seen the world’s largest Rubik’s-style cube being solved, a building turned into a solvable Rubik’s Cube, a new speed-solving world record of 5.25 seconds, and a Rubik’s Cube solved one move at a time by strangers across the globe.

But I didn’t expect this one. Please join me in awe as this breath-defying solver tackles 2×2-style, 3×3-style, AND 4×4-style Rubik’s cubes in a little over a minute:

I’ll give $20 to the first person to solve a crossword in the same fashion.

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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Rubik ‘Round the World edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’d like to return to the subject of twisty puzzles and the Rubik’s Cube!

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[Picture courtesy of Rubiks.com.]

It’s been over 40 years since Erno Rubik created the first working prototype of the Rubik’s Cube, and over the decades, these unmistakable little cubes have changed the face of puzzles and games.

We’ve seen the world’s largest Rubik’s-style cube being solved, a building turned into a solvable Rubik’s Cube, and just this year, a new speed-solving world record of 5.25 seconds became the mark to beat for competitive puzzlers.

This puzzle has truly global appeal, and perhaps no video provides more telling proof of that fact than the one I have for you today.

A globe-trotting YouTuber named Nuseir Yassin brought a Rubik’s Cube with him as he explored eleven different countries, and he accomplished something I’ve never seen before: an international group solve of a Rubik’s Cube.

Not only that, but each person who participated was only allowed 1 move before passing it along. One twist, one turn, one shifting of blocks. That’s all.

And guess what? It worked.

Just watch, and marvel at a truly unique and inimitable puzzle-solving experience:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: puzzles make the world a better place.

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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Rapid Rubik edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And I’d like to return to the subject of twisty puzzles.

Obviously the most famous twisty puzzle of all time is the Rubik’s Cube. It’s one of the most recognizable puzzles in the world, and there are entire tournaments dedicated to speed-solving those signature cubes.

As you may recall, I’ve written about Rubik’s Cube world records before, but you’ve never seen a solve like this. Collin Burns set a new world record for speed-solving a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube.

His solve was so fast that he could’ve solved a dozen Rubik’s Cubes or more in the time it’s taken you to read this far. Check it out!

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Collin’s solve took 5.253 seconds, shattering the previous record of 5.55 seconds. Absolutely mind-blowing.

I wonder if Erno Rubik had any idea his eponymous cubes would’ve inspired something like this.

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Twist and shout…

Invented in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube is probably the most famous puzzle toy in history. For four decades now, it has been an instantly recognizable symbol of one’s puzzly ambition. Whether you’ve mastered it or you have it sitting on a corner of your desk mid-solve, it shouts to the heavens “a puzzler resides here.”

Originally known as the Magic Cube or the Hungarian Magic Cube, the Rubik’s Cube is tied up with some truly staggering numbers. Hundreds of millions of Rubik’s Cubes have been sold, and that’s just a drop in the bucket compared the number of possible patterns you can make with the cube. According to Rubiks.com, there are 43 quintillion ways to scramble a Rubik’s Cube. (That’s 34 with eighteen zeroes after it.)

And yet, some truly tiny numbers are also associated with the tiny, sometimes frustrating puzzle cube. For instance, 6. The top speed cubers — people who compete in speed cubing competitions, complete with special techniques, lubricating oils for their cubes, and cubes designed especially for speed solving — have solved a Rubik’s Cube in under 6 seconds!

(10 years ago, the World Record time for solving a Rubik’s Cube was more than three times that, at 20.00 seconds. And I haven’t even mentioned the people who somehow manage to solve them blindfolded.)

It’s become a universal part of the pop culture lexicon. (I’ve featured Rubik’s Cube Halloween costumes here in the past.) There is even Rubik’s Cube art. Images made from patterns formed with numerous Rubik’s Cubes.

It boggles the mind.

Now available in 2×2, 4×4, and 5×5 permutations in addition to the classic 3×3 cube, plus speed cubes, customizable cubes, and other variants, this twisty, beguiling puzzle shows no signs of slipping in popularity anytime soon. (I have an Australian friend who collects different kinds of Rubik’s Cubes, including ones with different pictures, different shapes, keychains, and so on.)

“Solve a Rubik’s Cube” is actually on my bucket list. If I ever manage it, you’ll be the first to know, fellow solvers.

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