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How To: Solve a medium difficulty sudoku puzzle

This is a sudoku tutorial for a medium difficulty puzzle. It has less "given" easy solutions, so we have to use harder logic questions to figure out some of them. I'm sure I overlooked some easier ways to prove certain numbers, but it's good that you learn how the logic works for future difficulties. You should aim for about 10 minutes per game once you fully understand how to play. Have fun!

How To: Solve a Rubik's Cube in 90 seconds

Learn how to solve a Rubik's cube in ninety seconds in this video. You'll learn that there are couple of common methods used to solve the cube. The Petrus method which starts with the corner and the Friedrich method which starts at the bottom and moves up. The presenter shows how he uses several methods and algorithms to create seven steps to a solved cube. The first step is to make a cross on the bottom layer. The second step is to correctly place the bottom corner pieces. The third step is ...

How To: Solve a Rubik's Cube in 5 minutes

To solve a Rubik's cube, you will need to begin by keeping in mind the 7 steps. To learn about the cube itself, you will need to take it apart. The cube has 3 types of pieces. The center pieces do not move. They are actually fixed. Every piece is unique, and every piece has a unique place.

How To: Solve a 6x6x6 V-Cube 6 puzzle

Watch this four-part tutorial to learn how to solve a 6x6x6 V-Cube 6. This is a rather advanced cube, so it's recommended that you already know how to solve both a 4x4 and 5x5 cube first. If not, you might end up getting just a little bit lost. This detailed instructional video tutorial will leave you eager to get started on your own cube!

How To: Solve a 4x4 Rubik's Cube by advanced edge pairing

Check out this puzzle video tutorial on how to solve a 4x4 Rubik's Cube by advanced edge pairing. This video goes over how to match up multiple edges at a time, allowing you to eventually become faster with practice. This will also allow you to understand the technique necessary for multiple edge pairing in bigger cubes as well, where it really becomes necessary in solving quickly.

How To: Make a wood labyrinth

This video shows viewers how to create a wood labyrinth in which you can roll a small ball through a maze, trying not to allow the ball to fall into the hole. You will need some boards of wood which you will need to cut to the correct dimensions. You will need to create a box-like structure which will have an opening near the bottom from which you can retrieve your ball if it falls in a hole. After designing the template for your wood labyrinth, you should then proceed to make holes in the to...

How To: Turn and solve Rubik's Cubes one-handed faster

Okay, solving a Rubik's Cube one-handed in 15 seconds is pretty impressive. If you find solving a Rubik's Cube with two hands to be lacking in challenge and flair, try doing solves using only one hand. There is a technique to it, and this video will teach it to you. Basically, you just turn R and U a lot and rotate the cube.

How To: Use the "Ortega method" to solve a 2x2 Rubik's Cube

This is a video tutorial on how to solve a 2x2 Rubik's cube using the Ortega method. The tip from the author is to go for the color whose maximum squares are already together. It is also pointed out that not only does the Ortega method involve three steps, which is time consuming, people using it also tend to take pauses in-between, drastically reducing one's solving speed. This tutorial provides tips on how to reduce and eliminate such time consuming pauses.

How To: Disassemble and reassemble a Rubik's Cube

This video teaches you how to open a Rubik's Cube using a pair of scissors (and it says other household "tools" might work). After taking out the first block you can simply disassemble the other components as well. It's very useful if you are looking to replace a broken piece or if you can't solve the cube. Following the steps in this video will make you feel more comfortable about taking one of these cubes apart, since you might be afraid to break the cube while disassembling it. There is al...

1,000 Part Rubik's Cube: $3,550 Petaminx

Move over Rubik's Cube, there's a new puzzle in town. The Petaminx. The beautifully designed and custom built Petaminx has almost 1,000 moving parts. Peta- actually means 1,000,000,000,000,000, although that number could refer to the endless number of solutions.

How To: Solve the Rubik's Cube faster with fingertricks

Learn how to master the Rubik's Cube puzzle... watch this two-part video tutorial to see how to solve the Rubik's Cube faster with fingertricks. You don't have to be a genius to accomplish solving the 3x3 Classic Rubiks Cube. You just need some limber fingers, and maybe some heavy duty silicone spray for lubrication. These finger tricks will get you on your way to solving the Cube in under one minute, or close to it anyway.

How To: Solve the center of the V-Cube 7 puzzle

The V-Cube 7 is the grandaddy of all Rubik's Cube style puzzles, and it's on of the hardest puzzles to solve, with its 7x7 sides. If you're having a hard time getting started with the puzzle beast, specifically the 5x5 center, then this video tutorial should help you out. See how to solve the center of the V-Cube 7 puzzle. If you can solve a regular Rubik's Cube, it could help you out, because a lot of the principles are the same.

How To: Solve the 4x4 Rubik's Cube Revenge in seven steps

Solving the Rubik's Revenge Cube is similar in concept to solving the original Rubik's Cube. You still match colors and replace one piece with another, but there is an added level of complexity. Where the classic Rubik's Cube has fixed centers that determine the color of each face, every piece on the Rubik's Revenge Cube is fully moveable. It is also much more fragile than the original Rubiks Cube therefore requires greater care and precision. If you want to more... just watch and learn.

How To: Solve a Rubik's Cube with famous speedcuber Tyson Mao

Tyson Mao is a renowned world competitor in solving the Rubik's Cube. Not only did this Californian become a world class solver, but he also formed the Rubik's Cube Association with fellow speed solver Ron van Bruchem, which holds competitive events for the Rubik's Cube. If you want to learn how to solve the colorful and mighty puzzle, then who better than to learn from then Tyson Mao?

How To: Solve a 5x5 Rubik's Professor Cube

In order to solve a 5x5 Rubik's Professor Cube, you'll need to, of course, already know how to solve a 3x3 Rubiks Cube. First, you'll need to get the centers solved first, then you pair the edges (with the algorithm 2D*, R, F', U, R', F, D'*), and solve parity (with the algorithm 2R*, 2B, 2U, L*, 2U, R'*, 2U, R*, 2U, 2F, R*, 2F, L'*, 2B, 2R*), then you continue to solve it just like a normal 3x3 cube until it looks brand new, out of the plastic box.

How To: Solve the last two centers on the V-Cube 7 puzzle

This tutorial video will show you how to solve the last two centers on the V-cube 7, the Rubik's Cube style puzzle. These 7x7 V-cubes are difficult to solve, but like most puzzles, become easier to handle with practice. Good luck, V-cubers! Just don't expect to solve this puzzle in less time than a Classic Rubiks or a 4x4 and 5x5.

How To: Solve a Magic Sand Wand puzzle

Can you solve the mystery of the sands? The Magic Sand Wand puzzle is a clear acrylic wand, partially filled with brightly colored sand, and containing a silver ball. All you have to do is get the ball from one end of the wand to the other.

How To: Tell the difference between new and old Rubik's Cubes

Do you have a million Rubik's Cubes sitting around your house? Can't tell the originals from the new ones? Well, this video tutorial will help you learn how to tell the difference between those original old Rubik's Cubes and newest made Rubik's Cubes. From telling the difference in their stickers, their cubes pieces, and their internal mechanisms.