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 Post subject: Tony Fisher's 2006 Dutch Cube Day puzzles
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:15 am 
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These are my brand new puzzles for Cube Day. They are Giant Skewb, Container, Puckube and Dino-Trunc. I will post more details when I return to the UK on Monday.
Please note: These puzzles will only be available outside Cube Day if/when I make an announcement or contact people directly. Please do not ask to buy the puzzles (or have them reserved) before that time.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:20 am 
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Awsome Tony!!

I love the Puckube, very clever design.

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Awesome puzzles you have there Tony. Once again I don't expect anything less from you :wink: .

How big is the gaint slewb? I mean what are the measurements?

I can't figure out what type of mechanism you used for the Puckube. What is the mechanism that you used for this Puckube puzzle?(BTW it is the cutest one)

I just read the name of the Dino-Truc. D'uh no questions for that one.


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Oh my God....!!!

I must find a job in Europe.... I can't keep missing all those!!! :oops:
Brilliant Puzzles and Ideas, simply brilliant!



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Darren Grewe wrote:
I can't figure out what type of mechanism you used for the Puckube. What is the mechanism that you used for this Puckube puzzle?(BTW it is the cutest one)


I think he uses a puck for the center layer and the other two layer are fixed to the center of the puck...

God job, Tony

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I bought a Puckube from Tony today. And I am very pleased with it. It is indeed a clever design, it looks great and it turns smooth. For the mechanism he indeed used a PuckPuzzle.

I think it looks a lot like an "inverted" Square-1. And I think this is what Tony aimed for. The outer dimensions of the two puzzles are the same (55mm) and also the outer two layers have the same height as the middle layer of a Square-1 (9mm).

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Does the puckube top and bottom layer rotate independently or are they tied together? The pictures seem to indicate they are tied together, as would be the case with the mechanism rubikaz proposes it is.

Great job as always, Tony. :D


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At first I tried not to feel guttered, as, apart from other problems, I was full of cold all week and wouldn't have made it to the cube day today anyway...
But now I do feel guttered!!!!!!
I can't believe I missed all these puzzles! :cry: :cry:
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Once again, great job with those puzzles Tony.
The puck cube is my favorite out of those (seems like most other people's as well)
Hopefully you'll decide to make a large batch of those.

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For some reason I really really like the Giant Skewb.


To bad I'll never be able to get a Tony Fisher puzzle. I still love to admire from afar though.

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It looks like the puckcube could be made from a 4x4x4. Turn the middle two layers 45 degrees, cut, build up, and bandage. Does anyone else see what I see?


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How about using Tony's idea of the Puckube for a Square-2?




The top and bottom layers need to have a slightly different orientation:




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You bandage the corners:




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Et voilà... you have yourself a Square-2:




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It would be a fairly easy puzzle, but I guess it would look great next to a Square-1.




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The top and bottom layers would have to be able to move separate each other too. It looks like they can't do that. Great idea thought.


Another idea for a Square-II I had thought of is to have it like a normal Square-1, but have the large pieces (Sq1 Corners [60 degrees]) be the edges and the small pieces (Sq1 Edges [30 degrees]) be the corners.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's 2006 Dutch Cube Day puzzles
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:28 am 
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Tony Fisher wrote:
Please note: These puzzles will only be available outside Cube Day if/when I make an announcement or contact people directly. Please do not ask to buy the puzzles (or have them reserved) before that time.


May I inquire how one gets his name added to the list that you send the announcement out to? I'm sad to say I don't always have the time to keep up with the forums here.

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xcool wrote:
Another idea for a Square-II I had thought of is to have it like a normal Square-1, but have the large pieces (Sq1 Corners [60 degrees]) be the edges and the small pieces (Sq1 Edges [30 degrees]) be the corners.


So, whant a chalenge on who builds it first? :P
I have also thought about this idea...
Never mind, you will beat me...
It is kinda sad I know that... :(

In your way of doing it, would you still have the orientation of the middle slice at the same angle, or did you thought of making it "in cubeshape" when twistable?


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Hi!

I was one of the lucky ones to meet Tony and also to buy some of his puzzles.
After playing with them for some time I can really say that they are of the usual very good quality - as everyone would have expected :P

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xcool wrote:
Another idea for a Square-II I had thought of is to have it like a normal Square-1, but have the large pieces (Sq1 Corners [60 degrees]) be the edges and the small pieces (Sq1 Edges [30 degrees]) be the corners.


Wouldn't the relation of that puzzle to Square-1 be exactly like what the normal 3x3x3 is to a Fisher cube? I.e. you just add small triangles to the edges and cut off the triangles of the cornes so as to get a new square which is twisted by 45 degrees in comparison to the old one.


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Alex wrote:
xcool wrote:
Another idea for a Square-II I had thought of is to have it like a normal Square-1, but have the large pieces (Sq1 Corners [60 degrees]) be the edges and the small pieces (Sq1 Edges [30 degrees]) be the corners.


Wouldn't the relation of that puzzle to Square-1 be exactly like what the normal 3x3x3 is to a Fisher cube? I.e. you just add small triangles to the edges and cut off the triangles of the cornes so as to get a new square which is twisted by 45 degrees in comparison to the old one.


Yupp, but with the exception that a Fisher cube is harder to solve than a 3x3x3 since the centers/corners demand orientation, as opposed to that this one doesn't have a change in difficulty


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Haara wrote:
Alex wrote:
xcool wrote:
Another idea for a Square-II I had thought of is to have it like a normal Square-1, but have the large pieces (Sq1 Corners [60 degrees]) be the edges and the small pieces (Sq1 Edges [30 degrees]) be the corners.


Wouldn't the relation of that puzzle to Square-1 be exactly like what the normal 3x3x3 is to a Fisher cube? I.e. you just add small triangles to the edges and cut off the triangles of the cornes so as to get a new square which is twisted by 45 degrees in comparison to the old one.


Yupp, but with the exception that a Fisher cube is harder to solve than a 3x3x3 since the centers/corners demand orientation, as opposed to that this one doesn't have a change in difficulty
Exactly. So shall we call it the Fisher-1?

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The Giant Skewb is 12 x 12 x 12 cm. I used plastic sheet and a full sized Skewb as the core. The most time consuming part of making a puzzle like this is the sanding and tidying up
The Container is the medium sized one I showed several weeks a go. It's dimensions are 6 x 6 x 8.5 cm. Again I used plastic sheet and a cut down full sized Skewb as the core.
The Dino-Trunc is made from a Rainbow Cube. I felt it resembles a Dino Cube and it could be made from one if so desired.
The Puckube is of cause made from a Puck puzzle ( thanks http://www.puckpuzzles.com ). The top and bottom do not move independent of each other.
I now have a video showing these puzzles working-

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?doc ... 2261787014

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xcool wrote:
The top and bottom layers would have to be able to move separate each other too. It looks like they can't do that. Great idea thought.


If you use the mechanism that Tony Fisher has used, the top and bottom layer would not be able to move separate each other but you can do a modification. Use the same mechanisms for the center and top layer. Then for the bottom layer you can use the mechanism that is used in the square1 (the same idea), but now with the bottom layer and the center of the puck. Then, the top and bottom layers can move separate each other.

Tony, you also can do it in the Puckube for get that these layers could move independet.

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wwwmwww, Announcements are made on the Marketplace.

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Tony Fisher wrote:
wwwmmwww, Announcements are made on the Marketplace.


You can call me Carl... and may I ask what is the marketplace?

Thanks,
Carl


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... and may I ask what is the marketplace?

Thanks,
Carl

The marketplace, is one of the parts of this forum, like the one this topic is placed in is called "General Topics", we have Speedsolving, Comments &..., Of Topic and one else, I forgot the name for...


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Haara wrote:
The marketplace, is one of the parts of this forum, like the one this topic is placed in is called "General Topics", we have Speedsolving, Comments &..., Of Topic and one else, I forgot the name for...


Ahhh... thanks. I guess I need to explore the forums a bit more. I'm not sure if I've ever been out of the "general topics" area. Now I just need some time and my life is chaos at the moment.

Well back to work...
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