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Tartan Cube 3x3x3
Above:Variant 1
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A brilliant design, filled with symmetries, some of which only become apparent after you scramble it.

Dan and Jim came up with the original Tartan design on a posting to cube-lovers at M.I.T. back in 1981. It was their task to use only 4 colors to make a supergroup cube.

It's interesting to notice that you can figure out what the colour patters on the three unseen sides will be by just examining the three visible sides.

Image 1 shows the version created by Mark Longridge. It matches the original design by Dan Hoey and Jim Saxe.
Image 2 shows the version created by Phillip K. On this version the squares are replaced by quarter circles, and the "Pons Asinorum" pattern is applied to the original state. This yields a cube covered with 56 dots, 14 of each color. About 10 copies were made.

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Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Philip K, Sandy.

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