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 Post subject: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:58 am 
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Hi Twisty Puzzles fans,

Squashed Cube looks like a Rubik's Cube after being squeezed together in a vice. The six faces turn sort-of-like a Rubik's Cube, but in a very bandaged - jumbling - way. The middle slices are at an angle of 60 degrees from each other. This way, the hexagons in the center of each face can change position and orientation. This makes this puzzle very hard to solve.

Watch the YouTube video.
Buy the puzzle at my Shapeways Shop.
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Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 6:07 am 
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Wow! It looks as though it would be hard to mix up, because of all the blocked moves that appear after only a few turns!

Very interesting!

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 6:14 am 
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So you leave it up to us to analyse what's happening there? (in your invention??) :lol:
Great. It's really insane.

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 7:13 am 
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Door wrote:
It looks as though it would be hard to mix up, because of all the blocked moves that appear after only a few turns
The edges and corners are indeed relatively easy to solve. The tough parts are the hexagons and little triangles.

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 7:18 am 
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Man, that's sick and twisted. And genius - I love it! How on earth do you come up with these ideas?? Well, that's assuming you do come up with them on earth, and not some far distant planet. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:06 am 
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Yet another extraordinary puzzle! It is amazing not only how fast you come up with new concepts, but how fast you can turn them into physical reality.
Oskar wrote:
The edges and corners are indeed relatively easy to solve. The tough parts are the hexagons and little triangles.
Is there a geometry that would emphasize the tougher parts of the puzzle while minimizing the easy parts or eliminating them altogether?

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:16 am 
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After the squished cube we now have the squashed cube.
A faceturning rhombohedron. Quite cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:34 am 
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Very cool. Am I right in assuming this jumbles? Or are we looking at something else? Also, it's not fudged, is it?
Very nice! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:43 am 
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Amazing! I had been waiting to see this one. The combination of the shape and the cuts is quite beautiful.

I have to ask... now that you've done this with an oblate rhombohedron, are you also planning to apply the same concept for it's prolate counterpart? (would this work?)


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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:55 am 
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Kapusta wrote:
Am I right in assuming this jumbles? ... Also, it's not fudged, is it?
Jumble: yes
Fudged: no
DKwan wrote:
... are you also planning to apply the same concept for it's prolate counterpart? (would this work?)
It is already in my Shapeways Shop, but it looks different from what you would expect.

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:10 am 
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Yay! I've been wanting to see a face turning rhombohedron for a while now, and this one looks great! Well done. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Squashed Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 2:10 pm 
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Wow, it looks like it would be tremendously confusing. Nice work Oskar!

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