# Hot Puzzles Posts

### 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 a Jigsaw Puzzle

There are tricks to putting together jigsaw puzzles that will make them more fun to do. You Will Need

### How To: Solve a 9x9 KenKen puzzle without operation signs

Bored with crosswords and sudoku puzzles? Well, try your hands at a new type of puzzle: KenKen logic puzzles.

### How To: Solve a simple 4x4 KenKen puzzle

Bored with crosswords and sudoku puzzles? Well, try your hands at a new type of puzzle: KenKen logic puzzles.

### 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.

### How To: Solve with partial edge control on a Rubik's Cube

Find out a new way to solve the Rubik's Cube made famous by Erno Rubik, master puzzle maker. Try to get the edge pieces on the last layer using a new method called partial edge control. Just watch this video tutorial to see how to solve with partial edge control on a Rubik's Cube.

### How To: Memorize the G-Permutations on the Rubik's Cube

Solving puzzles can be hard, especially when it comes to Rubik's Cube. Erno Rubik's puzzles are extremely difficult, three-dimensional mechanical cubes, unless you're determined and can handle a few mathematical algorithms, then they're easy, or at least not impossible.

### 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: Clean and lubricate Rubik's Cube puzzles

It's time to lubricate your Rubik's puzzle, so how do you do it? Erno Rubik designed these puzzles to be solved, but every once in a while it is necessary to take them apart, either for cleaning, lubricating or for replacing game parts.

### How To: Disassemble and reassemble the Rubik's UFO puzzle

It's time to disassemble your Rubik's puzzle, so how do you do it? Erno Rubik designed these puzzles to be solved, but every once in a while it is necessary to take them apart, either for cleaning, lubricating or for replacing game parts.

### 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 with the Jessica Fridrich Method

Check out this three-part video tutorial on how to solve a Rubik's Cube with the Jessica Fridrich Method. Are you not familiar with Mrs. Fridrich? Then that means you probably only know how to solve the Rubiks Cube the easy way. Get fast with that puzzle and learn it the faster and more complicated way.

### How To: Solve the Rubik's Cube with algorithms

The Rubik's Cube, originally called the "Magic Cube," is a mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Erno Rubik.

### How To: Easily lubricate a Rubik's Cube with silicone spray

If you aren't quite as fast as you would like to be on your brand new Rubik's Cube, maybe you should check out this video tutorial that will have that puzzle spinning faster that the Sun.

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

Watch this four-part how to video on solving the 5x5 Rubik's Cube Professor. What, you didn't know they made them that big? Well, they do, and it's called the Professor. The 5x5 monolith.

### 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.

### How To: Disassemble and reassemble a 5x5 Rubik's Cube

That 5x5 monster Rubik's Cube can be quite tricky, especially when taking it apart. Watch all four of these videos to disassemble it for cleaning or lubing. This should also work with the Eastsheen, too.

### How To: Make your rubik's cube spin more easily

Check out this video to learn how to make your rubik's cube spin more easily. Enjoy!

### How To: Find the 20-ball pyramid puzzle solution

Check out this video to learn how to solve the 20-ball pyramid puzzle. There is no sound in this video.

### How To: Solve the Soma Cube

This is the solution to the notorious 3x3 Soma Cube puzzle. Well, there's one mistake -- can you spot it?

### How To: Take care of your Rubik's Cube with these tips

Okay, want to know all of the tips out there for the Rubik's Cube. Well, let me tell you, you'll learn great tips here, like never putting your Cube in your pocket, and always keep your fingernails clipped.

### How To: Solve a tricky Snake Cube puzzle

See how to solve this Snake Cube puzzle from somebody at WorqSmart. Watch slowly, keep your eyes glued to the screen, then blink, and solve it yourself.

### How To: Make you own Rubik's Cube out of DVD cases

See how to make a Rubik's Cube out of everyday DVD cases. Start out watching this, then go off on your own and see if you can figure it out the rest yourself. If you can solve a Cube, then why can't you build one? Too much for you?

### How To: Assemble an Eastsheen 4x4 Cube

See how to assemble that Eastsheen Cube of yours in this two-part video. Or your Rubik's Cube. Does it matter? Maybe. Just don't screw it up.

### How To: Solve the sixth S.U. Doku (sudoku) puzzle

National and international sudoku champion Thomas Snyder explains and shows some tips on how to solve the sixth S.U. Doku puzzle from Stanford University. Get it? S.U. The second video is of him actually solving it.

### How To: Disassemble and assemble your Rubik's Cube

Here are some pointers on taking your Rubik's Cube apart and putting it back together. If you just got tired of trying to solve the darn thing, just do this (you cheater you).

### How To: Solve a sudoku puzzle with special techniques

Solve sudoku puzzle using the cross hatching, either/or, and pairs technique. If you can use a magic marker, and feel competent enough, then why not try it out?

### How To: Do tricks with a solved Rubik's Cube

A few extra things you can do with a solved cube, like creating different patterns on the club, plus a way to cheat at solving a Rubik's cube.

### News: Rubik's Cube World Record Gets Shattered in 4.74 Seconds

In 4.74 seconds, I can barely bend over to tie my shoes, and somehow this guy managed to crush the human world record for solving the Rubik's Cube in that time exactly.

### 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: Disassemble & reassemble the Holey Megaminx puzzle

If you're looking for the right way to take apart your Holey Megaminx puzzle, this video is for you. Part by part, piece by piece, this video will show you how to break it down then build it all back up.

### 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.

### News: And You Thought a Normal Sized Rubik's Cube Was Hard To Solve...

Below, Evgeniy Grigoriev's fully functional Rubik's Cube has been shrunk down to 10mm (that's less than half an inch). Why? Grigoriev roped in world record status with his one-of-a-kind cube fit for fairies and dwarves. Actually, I think it's too tiny even for dwarves.

### 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...

### HowTo: DIY Wooden Rubik's Cube

Put your woodworking skills to the test with this spin on the classic Rubik's cube. Instructables user BrittLiv demonstrates how to craft your own wooden cube using the following materials and tools: