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2x2x2 Evil Twin
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A 3x3x3 consisting only of corners that block themselves in external bandaging.

The 2x2x2 Evil Twin, looks like a 2x2x2, but doesn't turn like one. It is instead a puzzle based entirely on external bandaging, and the solving experience is not at all similar to a regular 2x2x2.
Normally, when a 2x2x2 is created from a 3x3x3, the corners are extended so that each one covers three halves of edges, and three quarters of centers. This way, the puzzle is "watertight" and the centers and edges are not visible. Because each edge is covered equally by two corners, there are conflicts as multiple pieces never try to occupy the same space.
This puzzle, however, has an offset, so that one corner covers all of its three adjacent centers, and another corner covers no edges or centers. The rest of the corners are somewhere in between, depending on their position. In addition, the edge and center extensions are hollow below the surface, so that pieces can actually pass over and under each other, making the movement less restricted than it otherwise would have been.
The turns that can be made are somewhat limited, and figuring out what turns are available is half the experience. It is not particularly difficult due to the restricted move set, but is very fun to play with, at least in my opinion. Interestingly, there are two cubic states where the colors are unsolved.
Edge length: 50 mm
Weight: 46 grams

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