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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: Solve the Rubik's Cube with Shepherd stickers

Learn how to master the Rubik's Cube puzzle... watch this two-part video tutorial to see how to solve the Shepherd Rubik's Cube. You don't have to be a genius to accomplish solving the 3x3 Classic Rubiks Cube, but you may have to be one to solve one with stickers invented by Alistair Shepherd. This is one hard cube design! These replacement stickers can be used for the 3x3, 4x4, and 5x5 Rubik's Cubes.

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.

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 inspired Square One puzzle

So, you can solve the Rubik's Cube, good for you, but what about the Square One? Erno Rubik is nothing compared to Karel Hršel and Vojtech Kopský, who invented the Square One puzzle, also called by its full title, "Back to Square One", or its shorter name of "Cube 21". It's shaped like a Rubik's Cube, but it's cut like a freak show, adding that layer of difficulty that challenges you.

How To: Repair and assemble a V-Cube 6 puzzle

The V-Cube 6 puzzle is a uniquely designed and constructed skill game. V-Cube 6 is a multi-colored, multiple-layered cube, rotating smoothly on based axes. The player is required to discover a strategy to achieve uniform color sides on her or his V-Cube, but in this process, the Rubik's Cube-like puzzle may break, especially if you're in the process of speedsolving.

How To: Use commutators to solve the Rubik's Cube

Want to solve the Rubik's Cube without any algorithms at all? Well, you're in luck. In this video tutorial, you'll learn about commutators, which are sets of moves that only change very small parts of the Cube. All of these things are intuitive and derivable, and there are no mentions of algorithms. After understanding this video, you will most likely be able to intuitively solve the entire Rubik's Cube! Just don't expect to watch this video once and be an expert on Rubiks Cube commutators; y...

How To: Solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded

Well, you're bored of just solving the Rubik's Cube, and you've broken all of your personal records? Now what? How about blindsolving? Watch this seven-part series to see how to do it. Now, if you can't even solve a Rubik's Cube with your eyes staring deep into those vibrant colors, then you should probably not try this.

News: Android App Solves the Unfathomable Mexaminx (Think Rubik's Cube on Steroids)

The Android Megaminxer is mind-bogglingly elaborate, impressively combining multiple geeky mediums to solve an incredibly complex puzzle. ARM, the genius behind the stunt, uses LEGOs (a Mindstorms NXT kit to be exact) to build a robot responsible for the mechanics; they then employ an Android app as the brain, which solves a Rubik's Cube—oh wait, not a simple Rubik's (that would be too easy), but a Megaminx, which is a dodecahedron with 12 faces, each face containing 5 edges. Like the classic...

How To: Solve a Rubik's Mirror Blocks Cube

OK, you've beaten everything from the 2X2 Rubik's cube all the way up to the 6X6. Now it's time to try something different. This video shows how to solve the Rubik's cube Mirror Blocks cube. It's tricky at first but follow the video and figure it out!

How To: Solve the V-Cube 7

If you've solved the classic Rubik's cube and are looking for a bigger challenge, try stepping up to the V-Cube 7, currently the biggest puzzlecube out there. This tuturial walks you through sides, centers, edges to help you work it out. This is a two part video, so make sure to watch both parts.

News: The Movable Type Rubik's Cube

Love this Rubik's Cube stamp with movable type Chinese characters by Shaun Chung. Chung laser-etched the characters from wood, and then adhered them to a regular Rubik's Cube to create verses from a traditional Chinese text.

How To: Find the aabb square

This video presents a mathematical puzzle which is to be solved by the viewer. The solution is posted in an alternate video, but this video presents the problem of a four digit number which is the square of a smaller number. The first two digits of the square are the same as each other and the last two digits are the same as each other as well. The video calls for the viewer to find the integer whose square is this four digit number without the use of a calculator, although abacuses are allow...