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Welcome to the Twisty Puzzles Forum Monthly Newsletter #1: November 2007
Author: Noah Hevey
Editorial assistance: Dave "DLitwin" Litwin
David "Pembo" Pemberton
3) Noteworthy Threads (New & Updated)
4) Puzzle Modifications
5) Recent Events
6) Upcoming Events
7) Market Place
8) Speedcubing.com Stuff
9) Closing Statements
Welcome to the new newsletter!
We all know Sandy is plenty busy and so a few of us decided to resurrect the newsletter on our own to update people on the largest happenings of the last month.
Feedback is welcome. As one might expect, any summary can't be complete, so if you think we've missed something important drop a line to TwistyPuzzleNewsletter@gmail.com
or PM me, Noah.
If you would rather not receive the newsletter anymore, just send an email with the topic “Unsubscribe” to TwistyPuzzleNewsletter@gmail.com
A) Olympicubes Announcement.
Konstantinos Verdes has announced some very big news about his and his father's Olympicubes project. They have announced that some Olympicubes will be released sometime in 2008. The official release date will be announced in the early months of 2008 on their website. They also have noted that any other announcements about nxnxn cubes that is made will have no relation to their puzzles, which is very important because our next topic is...
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8118
B) Mèffert’s Announcement.
The last few months have been very ground breaking for Mèffert’s. After restocking their Skewb line, they also announced the planned release of Fisher's Golden Cube, Halpern-Meier Tetrahedron and Pyraminx Crystal and restock of the Megaminx within the next year. On top of this Mr. Mèffert is planning on either releasing a 6x6x6 or 7x7x7 of his own design. Please see the topic link to read the letter from Mr. Mèffert. Although this post had many believing Mèffert’s to be selling the Olympicubes, Konstantinos Verdes' post indicates otherwise. Further discussion revealed that Mèffert mentioned considering more than one source of higher order cubes, so at this point it seems like an independent design. If the price were set at $60 USD, Mèffert would like to know your preference of puzzle and how many you are willing to buy. Contact him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Place your answers to the survey only in the subject line, and only send an email once.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8076
C) New Rubik's Product.
Rubik has produced a new puzzle known as "Rubik's Icon", which is a regular cube with different stickers. The colors are: White-Black, Silver-Gray, Light Gray-Dark Gray (Silver/White/Light-Gray clockwise around a corner). Apparently these puzzles are exclusive to Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8110
D) Nintendo Barrel gets a facelift.
The Nintendo Billion Dollar Barrel has been remade, with a new look as the Nintendo Star Tenbillion, and is available only through Club Nintendo Japan members. Several of them have found their way onto eBay.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8066
D) Rules Crackdown.
Sausage has increased the stringency of the rules due to the increase in unrulely behavior amongst a handful of newer members. He has asked that all members pay attention to the new rules being put in place.
1) Any deliberate attempt to break a rule listed above will result in dis-activation of the members account - no warning will be given.
2) Any hassling of any member for whatever reason, contempt, or rudeness will result in dis-activation of the members account - no warning will be given.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8165
3) Noteworthy Threads
A) Shapes and Mechanisms: Concepts and Creations (Updated)
This thread saw some new interesting activity with Tony Fisher revealing a puzzle he made years ago that isn't very well known, his "Cubominx" which is a Pyraminx in a cubic form, without the 4 additional corners that appear on the Skewb. There is also an interesting sketch by Thomas of a Pyracue being stretched into a disproportional Mental Block.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8016
B) $50 Dino Cubes, anyone? (Updated)
The.drizzle provided us an update on his inexpensive Dino project.
OK, an update, and I don't think you'll like it...
Basically, I got too injured to finish this off a while ago, and when I was all better, the shop was basically not available. Then it was, but I was (and still am) running at a severe shortage of free time to work on this project--or any other one for that matter--and have just put everything on hold for now.
Add to that that once things calm down and I get some free time (about a month from now), I will be heading overseas for a while. The bottom line? Don't expect anything until early 2008 AT THE EARLIEST.
Many apologies, but such is the nature of working for free I guess
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=6883
C) Stefan is officially insane (Unseen Video) (New)
Stefan Pochmann has always been an asset to the forum, as well to the cubing community, but sometime you have to wonder about his sanity. This thread includes an amusing video with him.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8139
D) Gelatin Brain's Applet Solutions Discussion Thread (Updated)
New solutions to the Megamorphix (4x4x4 Tetrahedron with half turn restrictions) as well as the Dino Octa and other 8 sided puzzles. Lattice Cube (Master Dino) puzzle applet was added as well.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=7830
E) Magic Puzzle Order (Update)
Kastellorizo discusses the cause of his delays on making the orders of custom magics from October 2007.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=7887
F) Biohazard puzzle (Update)
Dave Litwin provides another update and redesign of his Biohazard puzzle. Changes include fewer screws, different thickness of clear plastic and using the acrylic pins on the inner layers. The puzzle is also now up for sale. Check the marketplace for further details.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=7606
4) Puzzle Modifications
A) QUINBLZ - Cornerless Cube
Using a bowl of rice in an interesting way.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8131
B) Ranaakamarth - Cylinder Cube
A very nice, yet slightly rough looking Cylinder Cube with hand cut stickers.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8140
C) timselkirk - Skew2b & Half and Half Skewb (NEW!)
Two of a new user's three custom skewb mods. Very interesting. Definitely worth checking out.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8077
D) timselkirk - Elongated Hexagonal Prism (NEW!)
A new user’s skewb mod that closely resembles Fisher's Hexagonal Prism. (Made without previous Fisher Puzzle knowledge.)
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8094
E) Professorcube5x5 - Fisher Cube
A clean cut Fisher Cube.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8099
F) Kastellorizo - Magic World Cup (Football Magic) (NEW!)
The Magic Master strikes again with the sports themed six tile magic.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8070
G) Daqing Bao - 6 Stalk Ball (NEW!)
One of our foreign members with an interesting custom ball that is the equivalent to an edges only 3x3. Several other links to some amazing builds of his, including a handmade Master Pyraminx, and many other never before seen mods.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8069
H) Doubleyou - Evil Cousin (NEW!)
An interesting mix between a bandaged cube and a 3x3 extended on three faces.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8095
I) Superman - Fused Pillow Cube (NEW!)
A well constructed Fused 3x3, truncated like a Pillow Cube, giving off a very nice Crystal looking puzzle.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8047
J) TheAtarian1 - 2x2 Windmill Prism (NEW!)
At the moment unfinished, but a new puzzle that looks promising.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8105
K) Alexander - Half Truncated Cube & Unique Cornerless Cube
Another new member to the forum, but not to the community (Alexander Ooms), showing off some well executed modifications. The Cornerless cube is stickered in a way resembling an Alexander's Star.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8166
L) Puzzlemaster42 - Cubic 3x3x5 (New!)
Adam impresses us again with a 3x3x5 that is the size and shape of a regular 3x3x3. Please see marketplace for the sale of this puzzle, along with shape modifications.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8169
M) VeryWetPaint / Dario DiBattista - Amorphous Cube Reconstruction
VeryWetPaint takes us through the multiple day construction of the Amorphous Cube, and his experimentation of a new kind of paint.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8164
N) Guoguo - Simple Bump Cube
A new member showing off a very clean looking 'simple bump cube' with colored stickers.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8226
O) Ferrari - Sphericube
Ferrari recreates Pantazis's 30 tile creation.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8234
P) The.drizzle - Puckube Variation
Discussion about how to make the Puckube (Originally by Tony Fisher) more stable with two new ideas.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8238
Q) Ferrari - Mystery of the Inca (New)
Another six tile magic design.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8241
R) Thomas - Junior Bump Cube (New)
Thomas impresses us again with a 2x2 bump cube with silver stickers and all. Using 2mm ABS and a Mini Eastsheen 2x2x2 (2.4cm), has created a Bump Cube the same size as the regular Eastsheen 2x2 (5cm).
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8239
S) Caleb - 3x3x3 Barrel Cube (New)
A new shape modification similar to a Cylinder Cube with slightly tapered ends.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8227
T) Doubleyou - Sigurd's Crystallicube (New)
A new mod very similar to Mike Grimsley's Baby Face. Later there is a discussion of a Rhombic Dodecahedron with a 2x2x6 like extension on all faces.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8207
U) Doubleyou - Little Brother (New)
A nice new concept of a 1x1x6 attached at 90 degrees so it isn't in a straight line. Later discussion about Astrolabacus's similarity to a loop version of this puzzle.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8312
V) Hidetoshi - White & Transparent Fused Cubes
Hidetoshi makes some more Fused Cubes with different DIY colored kits.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8310
W) QUINBLZ - [unnamed] (NEW)
Four cubes fused/siamesed together.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8305
X) Vadim - V Cube (New)
A UFO placed in a cube with the faces being parallel to two opposite edges.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8255
Y) Scott Bedard - Mental Puck 2.0
A remake of Scott's original Mental Puck, using rapid prototyping to avoid minute errors.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8302
Z) Ryan Thompson - White X-Block
Ryan remade his puzzle from January 2007 in a nice white color. The puzzle went up on eBay and will be ending in the beginning of December.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8269
a) Ranaakamarth - Trajber's Octahedron
The in progress pictures of the standard 3x3 modification.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8277
b) QUINBLZ - Fused Cube & Triamese
Remakes of puzzles you would find in the Duane Cash Collection.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8273
c) Thebrakshow - Transparent Mental Block
A Mental Block made with clear Plexiglas with a still stickered Skewb visible on the inside.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8331
d) brown - Evil Twin
A Evil Twin that hasn’t been filled yet.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8320
e) Superman – Mastermorphix
Discussion and construction of a Mastermorphix, along with a PDF tutorial.
Topic Link: viewtopic.php?t=8315
5) Recent Events
A) Pleasantville Fall competition 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... leFall2007
B) Caltech Fall competition 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... chFall2007
C) UK Open 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... UKOpen2007
D) Berkeley Fall competition 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... eyFall2007
E) Ibaraki competition 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... baraki2007
F) Dutch Championship 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... rlands2007
G) Virginia Open 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... iaOpen2007
H) Toronto Open Fall 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... enFall2007
I) Spanish Championship 2007
Results: http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... =Spain2007
6) Upcoming Events
A) Brazil Open - December 8th - Sumaré, São Paulo, Brazilhttp://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... ilOpen2007
B) Swedish Cube Day competition 2007 - December 15th - Kungsängen, Swedenhttp://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... ubeDay2007
C) Lyon Winter Open 2007 - December 22nd - Lyon, Francehttp://www.worldcubeassociation.org/res ... erOpen2007
A) Custom Triple Hungarian Rings for $56.00http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0172103088
B) Spanish "Rack'em Up!" for $7.33http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0168782601
C) Rubik's Cheese for $610.00http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0177048973
D) PuzzleManiac is looking for a Roundy, and has several puzzles for trade. If you are interested, please contact him.viewtopic.php?t=8142
E) the.drizzle's Curvy White Mastermorphix has sold for an impressive $999.00http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0173407093
F) Scott Bedard is now selling Black and White Octahedrons that are molded from an original Octahedron. He is selling them for $100 per puzzle, but you have to reserve your puzzles now, as there is a waiting list.viewtopic.php?t=8134
G) Buttchucky is looking for a tiled 2x2x2 and a tiled 3x3x3 for collecting purposes.viewtopic.php?t=8217
H) Puzzlemaster42 is selling masters and sets of his Cubic 3x3x5 as well as some common shape modifications. There is no time limit on this offer.viewtopic.php?t=8237
I) Tony Fisher sold one of his 3x3x4 cuboids this month for $653.50.viewtopic.php?t=8205
J) NAEF Rota Gold 2x2x2 for $425.05http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0170624044
K) Io is selling a Mozaika on eBay, ending Dec. 6th.http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0193184363
L) Rich from Puckpuzzles.com is selling some harder to find puzzles on eBay.http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQfbfmtZ1QQ ... uckpuzzles
M) Geert Hellings is looking for a rare 2x2x2 Zodiac Ball. If you are interested in sale or trade, please contact him.viewtopic.php?t=8293
N) Rubik (Chinese seller) sold a 9x9x9 Magnetic Cube for $56.http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0173379703
O) DLitwin has made his BioHazard puzzle available for sale. Further details are provided in the thread.viewtopic.php?t=8329
P) Italrubik is selling a manufactured Diamond Dodecahedron.viewtopic.php?t=8335
Q) Dino Star for $362.http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0183563560
8) Speedcubing.com Stuff
A) Rubik's Cube Subwoofer
- An interesting look at making a huge subwoofer that looks like a Rubik's Cube.http://hackedgadgets.com/2007/10/24/hug ... subwoofer/
B) "Worlds Largest Rubik's Cube From 1982 Worlds Fair"
- A YouTube video from the 80's discussing the giant Rubik's Cube at the 1982 Worlds Fair in Budapest, Hungary.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a3lN_EThZE
C) "How to break a Rubik's Cube record underwater - in one breath"
- A small video discussing the world record underwater one handed solve.http://sciencehack.com/videos/view/a10a ... 0008c9f04d
D) Disney Land Rubik's Cube
- On December 1st, along with a demonstration by 6 cubers, including the Twisty Puzzle member Adam Zamora, Disneyland will be releasing their own "Disney Theme Park Edition" Rubik's Cube, complete with Rubik's Brand hex packaging.http://psc.disney.go.com/eventservices/ ... scube.html
E) PSP Rubik's Cube Programs
- A contest was held to create the best Rubik's Cube program for the Play station Portable (PSP), with a $500 prize. Here are four different downloadable programs to simulate the puzzle.http://pspupdates.qj.net/Rubik-s-Cube-H ... aid/107982
9) Closing Statements
Thank you for reading the first newsletter. I hope you enjoyed it. If you feel I missed anything, or there were any errors, please let me know and I will add a correction in the following newsletter. Also, if you would like to help edit it the future, or write an article of some sort, I would be glad to include it. (I reserve the right to not include submitted items or articles).
Also, if you would like to prepare one of the sections seen here, or one that you would add, please contact me at the email address provided in the beginning of the newsletter.
Please look forward to next month’s newsletter, which will be released on New Year’s Eve or New Years Day. It will hopefully contain the link to a "Puzzle of the Year: 2007" thread.
NOTE: I will also be posting the first couple months of Newsletters on the User Contributions sub forum, until I find the time to create a website to host all back issues of the Monthly Newsletter.
Regards and Happy Puzzling,