The Skewb (/ˈskjuːb/) is a combination puzzle and a mechanical puzzle in the style of Rubik's Cube. It was invented by Tony Durham and marketed by Uwe Mèffert. Although it is cubical in shape, it differs from Rubik's construction in that its axis of rotation pass through the corners of the cube rather than the centres of the faces. There are four such axes, one for each space diagonal of the cube. As a result, it is a deep-cut puzzle in which each twist affects all six faces. Mèffert's original name for this puzzle was the Pyraminx Cube, to emphasize that it was part of a series including his first tetrahedral puzzle Pyraminx. The catchier name Skewb was coined by Douglas Hofstadter in his Metamagical Themas column, and Mèffert liked it enough not only to market the Pyraminx Cube under this name but also to name some of his other puzzles after it, such as the Skewb Diamond. Higher order Skewbs, named Master Skewb and Elite Skewb, have also been made.[1][2]


1 Piece orientation 2 Records 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Piece orientation[edit] Although the Skewb looks simple, its pieces are actually divided into subgroups and have restrictions that are apparent upon examining the puzzle's mechanism. The 8 corners are split into two groups—the four corners attached to the central 4-armed spider and the four "floating" corners that can be removed from the mechanism easily. These corners cannot be interchanged i.e. in a single group of four corners, their relative positions are unchanged. They can be distinguished by applying pressure on the corner—if it squishes down a bit, it's a floating corner. The centers only have two possible orientations—this becomes apparent by either scrambling a Skewb-alike puzzle where the center orientation is visible (such as the Skewb Diamond or Skewb Ultimate), or by disassembling the puzzle. Records[edit] The world record time for a Skewb solve is 1.10 seconds, set by Jonatan Kłosko of Poland on 17 October 2015 at ŚLS Wodzisław Śląski 2015. The world record average of 5 (excluding fastest and slowest) is 2.03 seconds, set by Łukasz Burliga of Poland on 17 December 2017 at CFL Santa Claus Cube Race 2017.[3] See also[edit]

Rubik's Cube Pyraminx Pyraminx Duo Pyraminx Diamond Megaminx Skewb Diamond Skewb Ultimate Dogic Combination puzzles Mechanical puzzles


^ Master Skewb ^ Elite Skewb ^

External links[edit]

Birgit Nietsch's Skewb page Jaap's Skewb page Kirjava-Meep Skewb Method proposed by Thom Barlow and Kristopher De Asis. Sarah Strong's Skewb Method with variations for all skill levels. Rubik'skewb solution by Hideki Niina. Ranzha's Skewb Method by Brandon Harnish.

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Rubik's Cube

Puzzle inventors

Ernő Rubik Uwe Mèffert Tony Fisher Panagiotis Verdes Oskar van Deventer

Rubik's Cubes

Overview 2×2×2 (Pocket Cube) 3×3×3 (Rubik's Cube) 4×4×4 (Rubik's Revenge) 5×5×5 (Professor's Cube) 6×6×6 (V-Cube 6) 7×7×7 (V-Cube 7) 8×8×8 (V-Cube 8)

Cubic variations

Helicopter Cube Skewb Square 1 Sudoku Cube Nine-Colour Cube Void Cube

Non-cubic variations


Pyraminx Pyraminx Duo Pyramorphix BrainTwist


Skewb Diamond


Megaminx (Variations) Pyraminx Crystal Skewb Ultimate


Impossiball Dogic

Great dodecahedron

Alexander's Star

Truncated icosahedron



Floppy Cube (1x3x3) Rubik's Domino (2x3x3)

Virtual variations (>3D)

MagicCube4D MagicCube5D MagicCube7D Magic 120-cell


Missing Link Rubik's 360 Rubik's Clock Rubik's Magic

Master Edition

Rubik's Revolution Rubik's Snake Rubik's Triamid

Renowned solvers

Erik Akkersdijk Yu Nakajima Bob Burton, Jr. Jessica Fridrich Chris Hardwick Kevin Hays Rowe Hessler Leyan Lo Shotaro Makisumi Toby Mao Tyson Mao Frank Morris Lars Petrus Gilles Roux David Singmaster Ron van Bruchem Eric Limeback Anthony Michael Brooks Mats Valk Feliks Zemdegs Collin Burns Lucas Etter Max Park





Layer by Layer CFOP Method Roux Method Corners First Optimal


God's algorithm Superflip Thistlethwaite's algorithm Rubik's Cube group

Official organization

World Cube Association

Related articles

Rubik's Cube in popular culture The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube 1982 World Rubik's Cube Championship

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