The Info List - Speedcubing

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(also known as speedsolving) is the sport involving solving a variety of twisty puzzles, the most famous being the Rubik's Cube, as quickly as possible. For most puzzles, solving entails performing a series of moves that alters a scrambled puzzle into a state in which every face of the puzzle is a single, solid color. Some puzzles have different requirements to be considered solved, such as the Clock, for which all the dials must be moved into the 12 'o clock position.[1] The standard puzzle sizes are 2×2×2, 3×3×3, 4×4×4, 5×5×5, 6×6×6, and 7×7×7, although variations of the puzzle have been designed with as many as 33 layers, albeit not mass-produced for the public.[2] There are also different shapes of the famous puzzles, including Pyraminx, Megaminx, Skewb, and Square-1. The world record for a single 3x3x3 solve is 4.59 seconds, set by SeungBeom Cho and Feliks Zemdegs
Feliks Zemdegs
at the ChicaGhosts 2017 and Hobart Summer 2018 competitions, respectively. Zemdegs also holds the average of five 3x3x3 solves world record of 5.80 seconds, set at the Malaysia Cube Open 2017 competition.[3] Speedcubing
is a popular activity among the international Rubik's Cube community, or cubers. Members come together to hold competitions, work to develop new solving methods, and seek to perfect their technique.


1 History 2 Solving methods

2.1 CFOP method 2.2 Roux method 2.3 ZZ method 2.4 Petrus method 2.5 Corners-first methods

3 Competitions

3.1 World Cube Association 3.2 Format 3.3 World Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube

4 World records 5 Lubrication 6 Terminology 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] The Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
was invented in 1974 by Hungarian professor of architecture, Ernő Rubik. A widespread international interest in the cube began in 1980, which soon developed into a global craze. On June 5, 1982, the first world championship was held in Budapest, Hungary. 19 people competed in the event and the American Minh Thai won with a single solve time of 22.95 seconds. Other notable attendees include Jessica Fridrich
Jessica Fridrich
and Lars Petrus, two people who would later be influential in the development of solving methods and the speedcubing community. The height of the Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
craze began to fade away after 1983, but with the advent of the Internet, sites relating to speedcubing began to surface. Simultaneously spreading effective speedsolving methods and teaching people new to the cube to solve it for the first time, these sites brought in a new generation of cubers, created a growing international online community, and raised the profile of the art. People prominent in this online community, such as Ron van Bruchem, Tyson Mao, Chris Hardwick, and Ton Dennenbroek, eventually wanted to meet in person and compete, so twenty years after the first world championship they orchestrated a second one in Toronto in 2003, and another smaller competition in the Netherlands
later that same year. This revival of competition sparked a new wave of organized speedcubing events, which include regular national and international competitions.[4] There were twelve competitions in 2004, 58 more from 2005 to 2006, over 100 in 2008, and over 880 in 2017, with more happening every year. There have been eight more World Championships since Budapest's 1982 competition, which are traditionally held every other year, with the most recent in Paris, France, in 2017. This new wave of speedcubing competitions have been and still are organised by the World Cube Association (WCA), founded by Ron van Bruchem and Tyson Mao. Solving methods[edit] The standard 3x3x3 can be solved using a number of methods, not all of which are intended for speedcubing. Although some methods employ a layer-by-layer system and algorithms, other significant (though less widely used) methods include corners-first methods and the Roux method. CFOP Method, Roux, ZZ, and Petrus are often referred to as the "big four" methods, as they are the most popular and can be used to achieve faster times than the others. The CFOP Method
CFOP Method
is used by most speedcubers. CFOP method[edit] Main article: CFOP Method The CFOP (Cross - F2L - OLL - PLL) method, also known as the Fridrich Method, was named after one of its inventors, Jessica Fridrich, who finished second in the 2003 Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
World Championships. While it is known as the Fridrich method, its origins are actually credited to David Singmaster, who was one of the first to publish a layer by layer method of solving in 1980,[5] and Guus Razoux Schultz, who built upon this and developed a more efficient system for the first two layers (F2L).[6] Jessica Fridrich
Jessica Fridrich
then finished developing the method and published it online in 1997,[7] an event that was very influential in the revival of competitive speedcubing. The first step of the method is to solve a cross-shaped arrangement of edge pieces on the first layer. The remainder of the first layer and all of the second layer are then solved together in what are referred to as "corner-edge pairs" or slots. Finally, the last layer is solved in two steps — first, all of the pieces in the layer are oriented to form a solid color (but without the individual pieces always being in their correct places on the cube). This step is referred to as orientation and is usually performed with a single set of algorithms known as OLL (Orientation of Last Layer). Then, all of those pieces are permuted to their correct spots. This is also usually performed as a single set of algorithms known as PLL ( Permutation
of Last Layer). The CFOP Method
CFOP Method
can be used as a less-advanced method by dividing the steps into more steps, reducing the number of algorithms you need to learn but sacrifices time. Most people start learning CFOP with 4LLL (Four-Look Last Layer), which is the less advanced, slower, and algorithm-reducing way to learn CFOP. The 4 steps are divided into Edge Orientation, Corner Orientation, Corner Permutation, and Edge Permutation. Later on, you can learn Full PLL which replaces the permutation of the edges and corners, making the solve more efficient and therefore faster. Even later, you can learn Full OLL which will replace the Orientation of the corners and edges, again making the solve faster. The CFOP method is a widely used speedcubing method. Its popularity stems from the speed at which it can be easily performed. Many advanced speedcubers such as World Champion Feliks Zemdegs
Feliks Zemdegs
have also learned additional sets of algorithms for the last layer, such as Corners of Last Layer (COLL), which orients and permutes the corners when the edges are oriented. Roux method[edit] The Roux method was invented by French speedcuber Gilles Roux. The first step of the Roux method is to form a 3×2×1 block usually placed in the lower portion of the left layer. The second step is to create another 3×2×1 on the opposite side, such that each block is sharing a bottom color. The remaining four corners are then solved using a set of algorithms known as CMLL (Corners of the Last Layer, without regard to the M-slice), which leaves six edges and four centers that are solved in the last step, L6E or LSE (Last Six Edges). This method is not as dependent on algorithm memorization as the CFOP method, since all but the third step is done with intuition as opposed to predefined sets of algorithms. The Roux method can be performed without rotations (unlike the CFOP method) which means it is easier to look ahead (solving a collection of pieces while at the same time looking for the solution to the next step) while solving. ZZ method[edit] The ZZ method, short for Zbigniew Zborowski, is a modern speedcubing method originally proposed by Zbigniew Zborowski in 2006. The method was designed specifically to achieve high turning speed by focusing on move ergonomics, and is the combination of a block-building method and a layer-by-layer method. The initial pre-planned step is called EOLine, and is the most distinctive hallmark of the ZZ method. It involves orienting all edges while placing two oppositely placed down-face edges aligned with the correspondingly colored center. The next step solves the remaining first two layers using only left, right, top and bottom face turns, one of the advantages of ZZ. On completion of the first two layers, the last layer's edges are all correctly oriented because of edge pre-orientation during EOLine. The last layer may be completed using a number of techniques including those used in the CFOP method. An expert variant of this method (ZZ-a) allows the last layer to be completed in a single step with an average of just over 12 moves and knowledge of at least 494 algorithms.[8] Petrus method[edit] The Petrus method, named after its inventor Lars Petrus, is considered to be more intuitive than the structured CFOP method. The first step of the Petrus method is to solve a 2×2×2 block of the cube. This block is then extended to a solved 2×2×3 block. All edges that are unoriented are then oriented, and then the first and second layers are completed using only turns of the right layer and the upper layer. Next, the top corners are put in the right place and the layer is oriented correctly (all stickers facing up) and finally the last edges are permuted (moved around). Lars Petrus developed this method to address what he felt were inherent inefficiencies in layer-by-layer approaches.[9] This method is often used as the basis of a method for fewest moves competitions. Corners-first methods[edit] Corners-first methods involve solving the corners then finishing the edges with slice turns. Corners-first solutions were common in the 1980s, and was one of the most popular methods that 1982 world champion Minh Thai used. Currently corners-first solutions are less common among speedsolvers. Dutch cuber Marc Waterman created a corners-first method in the cube craze, and averaged 18 seconds in the mid-late 1980s. Competitions[edit]

Anssi Vanhala solving a 3×3×3 Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
with his feet in 36.72 seconds, at the 2009 Estonian Open.

World Cube Association[edit] Since 2003, speedcubing competitions have been held regularly. The World Cube Association (WCA) was formed in 2004 to govern all official competitions. For a competition to be official, it must be approved by the WCA and follow the WCA regulations. Included in the regulations is the necessity of having one or more WCA delegate in attendance. A delegate's main role is to ensure all regulations are followed during the competition. Once the competition has finished, the results are uploaded on to the WCA website. Format[edit] The majority of puzzle competitions are held using an average of 5 format. This involves the competitor solving 5 times in the round; the fastest and slowest solve are disregarded and the mean of the remaining 3 is used. The 6×6×6 and 7×7×7 events are ranked by mean of 3. This is the same but only three solves are done, and no solves are disregarded when calculating the mean. 3×3×3 blindfolded and fewest moves challenge are held either by mean of 3 or best of 3. 4×4×4 blindfolded, 5×5×5 blindfolded and multiple blindfolded are held using best of 1, 2 or 3, depending on the competition. Occasionally an event is held using an uncommon format, for example best of 3 for 3×3×3. When a round begins, competitors hand in the puzzle they will use. Puzzles are scrambled using a computer-generated scramble. Each round, five, three or one (depending on the format, mentioned above) scrambles are used. Every competitor in the round will receive each scramble once. Before starting a solve, a competitor has up to 15 seconds to inspect the puzzle (inspection is removed for blindfolded events). This is monitored by a judge with a stopwatch. Once the solve is complete, the judge records the time on the competitor's scorecard and it is signed by both. If the puzzle is unsolved and the timer is stopped, the time is recorded as "DNF" (Did Not Finish). There are also numerous reasons why the solve can receive a two-second addition to the solve time, such as a face being more than 45 degrees off, or the competitor going over the allowed inspection time. A competitor can also receive an extra solve to replace the one just completed, for example having a timer malfunction or being deliberately distracted by another person. The official timer used in competitions is the StackMat timer. This device has touch-sensitive pads that are triggered by the user lifting one or both of their hands to start the time and placing both their hands back on the pads after releasing the puzzle to stop the timer. Official competitions are currently being held in several categories.

Category Cube type

Speedsolving 2×2×2, 3×3×3, 4×4×4, 5×5×5, 6×6×6, 7×7×7

Blindfolded solving 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5

Multiple blindfolded solving 3x3x3

One-handed solving 3x3x3

Solving with feet 3x3x3

Solving in fewest moves 3x3x3

Speedsolvers solving Megaminxes at the 2011 Estonian Open.

Competitions will often include events for speedsolving these other puzzles, as well:

Pyraminx Megaminx Skewb Square-1 Rubik's Clock

World Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
Championships[edit] The WCA organizes the World Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
Championship as the main international competition once every two years. The latest championship was held in Paris, France, from July 13–16, 2017.[10]

Championship Year Host Date(s) Nations Puzzles Events Winner Winning time(s) Ref

I 1982 Budapest 5 June 19 1 1 Minh Thai 22.95 [11]

II 2003 Toronto 23–24 August 15 9 13 Dan Knights 20.00 [12]

III 2005 Lake Buena Vista 5–6 November 16 9 15 Jean Pons 15.10 [13]

IV 2007 Budapest 5–7 October 28 10 17 Yu Nakajima 12.46 [14]

V 2009 Düsseldorf 9–11 October 32 12 19 Breandan Vallance 10.74 [15]

VI 2011 Bangkok 14–16 October 35 12 19 Michał Pleskowicz 8.65 [16]

VII 2013 Las Vegas 26–28 July 35 10 17 Feliks Zemdegs 8.18 [17]

VIII 2015 São Paulo 17–19 July 37 11 18 Feliks Zemdegs 7.56 [18]

IX 2017 Paris 13–16 July 64 11 18 Max Park 6.85 [19]

World records[edit] The following are the official speedcubing world records approved by the WCA.[20] Note: For averages of 5 solves, the best time and the worst time are dropped, and the mean of the remaining 3 solves is taken. When only 3 solves are done, the mean of all 3 is taken.

Event Type Result Person Competition (Date(s)) Result Details (Min:Sec.100ths)

3×3×3 Single 4.59 SeungBeom Cho (조승범) ChicaGhosts 2017 (28 October) —

Feliks Zemdegs Hobart Summer 2018 (27 January) —

Average 5.80 Feliks Zemdegs Malaysia Cube Open 2017 (14 October) 5.99 / 5.28 / 5.25 / 6.13 / 9.19

2×2×2 Single 0.49 Maciej Czapiewski Grudziądz
Open 2016 (19–20 March) —

Average 1.35 Maciej Czapiewski Warsaw Cube Masters 2018 (24-25 February) 1.25 / 1.14 / 1.31 / 2.00 / 1.50

4×4×4 Single 19.36 Feliks Zemdegs LatAm Tour - Arequipa
2017 (22 June) —

Average 22.55 Max Park SacCubing III 2018 (27-28 January) 22.26 / 22.37 / 23.03 / 21.03 / 26.26

5×5×5 Single 38.52 Feliks Zemdegs World Championship 2017 (13-16 July) —

Average 43.21 Feliks Zemdegs Melbourne Cube Days 2017 (18-19 November) 42.24 / 53.93 / 42.02 / 42.66 / 44.74

6×6×6 Single 1:19.60 Max Park SacCubing III 2018 (27-28 January) —

Mean 1:25.10 Max Park SacCubing III 2018 (27-28 January) 1:24.66 / 1:31.04 / 1:19.60

7×7×7 Single 1:59.95 Kevin Hays Heartland Champs 2018 (9-11 March) —

Mean 2:08.71 Kevin Hays Heartland Champs 2018 (9-11 March) 2:13.91 / 2:12.27 / 1:59.95

3×3×3 Blindfolded Single 17.87 Max Hilliard Texas BLD Showdown 2017 (19 November) —

Mean 22.36 Angelo Zhang Longhorn Cube Day 2017 (18 November) 23.18 / 23.17 / 20.73

3×3×3 Fewest Moves Single 19 Tim Wong Irvine Fall 2015 (11 October) —

Marcel Peters Cubelonia 2016 (9–10 January) —

Vladislav Ushakov PSU Open 2016 (27–28 August) —

Mean 24.00 Sébastien Auroux Only FMC 2017 (26 August) 23 / 26 / 23

Walker Welch FMC Americas 2017 (15 October) 22 / 23 / 27

3×3×3 One-handed Single 6.88 Feliks Zemdegs Canberra
Autumn 2015 (9-10 May) —

Average 9.99 Max Park Thanks Four The Invite 2018 (13 January) 8.27 / 9.89 / 10.27 / 12.66 / 9.82

3×3×3 with Feet Single 16.96 Daniel Rose-Levine Heartland Champs 2018 (9-11 March) —

Mean 26.84 Jimin Byeon (변지민) Jeju Open 2017 (25-26 November) 24.95 / 28.95 / 26.62

Megaminx Single 29.93 Juan Pablo Huanqui LatAm Tour - Santiago
2017 (10–11 June) —

Average 32.03 Yu Da-Hyun (유다현) CWR Winter 2018 (24 February) 30.94 / 31.24 / 35.78 / 30.12 / 33.90

Pyraminx Single 1.20 Tymon Kolasiński Speed Days Kraśnik 2018 (13-14 January) —

Average 2.02 Tymon Kolasiński GLS Final 2017 (9-10 December) 2.11 / 1.65 / 2.45 / 2.30 / 1.51

Rubik's Clock Single 3.73 Nathaniel Berg Danish Open 2015 (20–21 June) —

Average 4.95 Tairan Zhong (钟泰然) Shanghai Winter 2018 (20-21 January) 4.13 / 4.44 / 5.87 / 5.47 / 4.94

Skewb Single 1.10 Jonatan Kłosko ŚLS Wodzisław Śląski 2015 (17 October) —

Average 2.03 Łukasz Burliga CFL Santa Claus Cube Race 2017 (16-17 December) 2.48 / 1.91 / 1.71 / 1.39 / 4.98

Square-1 Single 5.73 Charlie Stark Guildford Open 2017 (23-24 September) —

Average 7.56 Charlie Stark Guildford Open 2018 (17-18 March) 7.28 / 10.72 / 7.30 / 7.29 / 8.09

4×4×4 Blindfolded Single 1:34.66 Kaijun Lin (林恺俊) China
Championship 2017 (28–30 July) —

5×5×5 Blindfolded Single 3:46.56 Kaijun Lin (林恺俊) Singapore Championship 2018 (24–25 February) —

3×3×3 Multiple Blindfolded Single 43/44 Mark Boyanowksi Keep Portland Quiet 2018 (24-25 March) 1:00:00

Lubrication[edit] Members of the cubing community lubricate their cubes to allow them to be manipulated faster, easier, and more reliably than a non-lubricated cube. The WCA allows lubrication for official competitions.[21] Popular lubricants among speedcubers are:

Angstrom Gravitas/Dignitas Cubicle Silicone Lube/Lubicle Traxxas
30/50K Differential Oil Maru Lubricant Lubix Cube Lubricant SpeedCubeShop Speed Lube Cubesmith Lubricant DNM-37 LumaLube

Checking a lubricant's MSDS is often helpful in identifying cube-damaging ingredients. Terminology[edit] Below are some definitions of words generally used by the speedcubing community. For a more complete list of speedcubing terminology, see the cubefreak.net glossary.

1LLL  A set of 3915 algorithms to solve every possible state that the last layer could be in after completing F2L. The average move count is 12.58. Algorithm  A predefined sequence of moves used to effect a specific change on the cube. Often referred to as alg or (less commonly) an algo. BJ  Short for Bad Job, usually used to harass or tease a cuber on a bad solve. BLD  Blindfolded solving, i.e. memorize, don blindfold, then solve. Center piece  One of the centers of the faces of the cube. The centers never move relative to each other on an NxNxN cube, where N is odd. On NxNxN cubes where N>3, every piece with only one sticker is referred to as a 'center piece', including those pieces that can move relative to each other. CLL  Corners of the Last Layer. This is the first of two steps of one of the methods of solving the last layer of the cube. In the process, edges may be unoriented. This is used in Corners First methods for the last layer, in which the first all corners are solved, followed by the edges (see ELL). CLL is also commonly used to solve the last layer of a 2x2x2 cube in one step. Commutator  A commutator is a sequence of the form X.Y.X'.Y' (also represented as [X:Y] or [X,Y]) which affects only specific portions of the cube, leaving the rest untouched. This is used in Blindfolded solving and Fewest Moves Competition. Corner piece  One of the 8 pieces with exactly three stickers, called a "corner" piece because a corner is exposed. Cuber  Someone who solves a Rubik's cube, any of its other sizes, and/or other shaped puzzles. Cubie  One of the mechanically independent pieces that make up a puzzle. The cubies do not include fixed center pieces, the central axis to which they are attached, or any other internal pieces (Such as the internal edges of a 4x4 or 2x2). Cycle  To rotate pieces' positions on the cube. e.g. a 3-cycle would make cubie set A-B-C become C-A-B. DNF  Initialism for Did Not Finish, used in competitions and self-timing. e.g. when a piece pop occurs and the competitor decides not to continue solving the puzzle, or when the solver stops the timer with the cube still unsolved. DNS  Did Not Start, used in competition when the competitor does not begin a solve, either by opting to skip it (common in Blindfold Cubing), by not showing up when he or she is called, or not qualifying for the remaining (usually three) solves of a certain round. Edge piece  One of the 12 pieces with exactly two stickers, called an "edge" piece because only one edge is exposed. ELL  Edges of the Last Layer. The second of two steps of one of the methods of solving the last layer of the cube, solving the edge pieces without disturbing the corner pieces (see CLL). EPLL  Edge Permutation
of the Last Layer, specifically refers to the PLL cases in which only edges must be permuted to solve the cube. Explode  When, during a solve, multiple cubies come out of contact with the puzzle, usually causing the puzzle to be unstable, in which, upon turning, more pieces may become loose and possibly pop out too. F2B  First two blocks. This is used in the Roux method. F2L  First two layers. This is used in the CFOP (Fridrich), Petrus, and ZZ methods. GJ  Short for Good Job, usually used to congratulate a cuber on a fast solve Layer  One section of a cube consisting of a number of cubies that turn as a unit. (e.g. A standard Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
has 3 layers.) LL  Last Layer. Usually refers to the top layer of the cube, but for the Roux method can refer to the middle layer between the left and right faces. Method  A combination of steps that can be used to solve a cube. Move  A turn of one of the sides of a puzzle or knobs in the case of the clock. N-look, also known as X-Look Refers to the maximum number of iterations of algorithms necessary to complete a step in a particular solving method, often the last layer, e.g. '4-look LL'. OH  Short for One-Handed, it is the event or practice of solving a cube with one hand, left or right. OLL  Orientation of the Last Layer, usually used in reference to the respective step of the CFOP and ZZ methods. OLLCP  Orientation of the Last Layer with Corner Permutation. An advanced technique where multiple algorithms are learned for one OLL case, in order to use one that will solve the case while also permuting the corners, which results in an easy PLL case. Orient  To change the orientation of a piece. PB  Personal Best - personal record time to solve a puzzle. This can either be a single attempt or a trimmed average, depending on context. Permute  To relocate certain pieces in a way to achieve the desired result. Phasing  Used in various methods, it is a technique that allows the shrinking of algorithm sets by using alternative moves. e.g. Using phasing with ZZ-a will turn it into a reduced subset known as ZZ-b. PLL  Permutation
of the Last Layer. Usually used in reference to the respective step of the CFOP and ZZ methods, in which case it would follow the OLL step. Pop  When, during a solve, one or more cubies come out of contact with the puzzle, usually causing the puzzle to be unstable, in which, upon turning, more pieces may become loose and possibly pop out too. Prime  A counter-clockwise move popularly denoted with a ', e.g. 'R-Prime', denoted as R', R-,


− 1

displaystyle R^ -1

, or Ri. Also (less commonly) known as "inverse" or "inverted". Slice  The four center pieces and four edge pieces between two opposite layers of the cube. On a cube with four or more layers, it refers to any of the layers of the puzzle that don't have corner pieces. Summer Variation  A subset of algorithms for F2L that allows the user to force all upper-face corners to be oriented correctly, or an OLL-Skip, while the last F2L pair can be solved with R U R' or L' U' L. TPS  Turns per second - the number count of turns per second indicating how fast the cuber turns. Two-Second Penalty, also known as +2  A penalty of 2 seconds which is added to a solving time in official competitions when the cube is placed back on the timing pad with one or more faces misaligned 45 degrees or more. It can also be given in other cases, such as when the competitor starts the timer too slow or does not correctly stop the timer after finishing the solve. UWR  Unofficial World Record. WCA  World Cube Association, the international governing body for official cube competitions. Winter Variation, also known as WV  A subset of algorithms for F2L that allows the user to force all upper-face corners to be oriented correctly, or an OLL-Skip, while the last F2L pair is already formed. It is used when the last F2L pair (One corner and its corresponding edge correctly positioned relative to each other) to be inserted is in the top layer, with the 3 top-layer edges oriented correctly. There are a total of 27 cases. WV has an average lower move count than the standard OLL. WR  World Record. Can also be "World Rank" when referring to the rank of a person's record in a database. X-Cross  Completing an F2L pair during the cross setup, used almost exclusively in the CFOP method. YTUWR  YouTube Unofficial World Record, the fastest of something that is posted on YouTube. ZBLL  Considered one of the holy grails of speedcubing. It is a set of 177 algorithms (Not including mirrors and inverses) with 494 cases to recognize in order to solve the last layer in one look while all of the top edges are oriented with an average move count of ~12.08. Can be used in any layer-by-layer method that ends in N-Look LL, but will only really be efficient in ZZ and Petrus, as these methods keep edges oriented, whereas methods such as CFOP do not keep the edges oriented, becoming a sometimes 2LLL solve.

See also[edit]

Rubik's Cube World Cube Association Feliks Zemdegs Max Park


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External links[edit]

Speedsolving.com Speedsolving.com Wiki Fridrich Method Roux Method ZZ Method World Cube Association

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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




(Variations) Pyraminx
Crystal Skewb


Impossiball Dogic

Great dodecahedron

Alexander's Star

Truncated icosahedron



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

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 Rubik's Cheese

Renowned solvers

Erik Akkersdijk Yu Nakajima Bob Burton, Jr. Jessica Fridrich Chris Hardwick 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





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