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 Post subject: Anyone know where to find solutions for these rare puzzles?Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2001 4:32 am

Joined: Fri Jun 29, 2001 10:09 am
Location: Great State of Washington
I am looking for solutions to the following puzzles. Websites would be great but books, faxes, scans, etc would work too. If anyone knows how to solve these puzzle or where to find a solution please let me know.

Here are the puzzles.

Dino Cube
Smart Alex
Hungarian Rings - This is the 4 color one not the new Rubiks 3 color

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 Post subject: i can do the dino cube but not the othersPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2001 4:32 am

Joined: Sun May 27, 2001 7:03 pm
i dont know anything about the other puzzles, but i can tell you about the dino cube from playing with it at David Byrden's site...

i dont know if you want complete instructions on how to do it, but heres how i do it.

you could choose a face (4 pieces) and solve it quite easily. its also fairly easy to solve the 4 vertical pieces joining the face you solved to its opposite face. (just muck around for long enough and you will figure it out...)

then to do the bottom you just need to know one move. Say you are holding the puzzle with everything solved except for the bottom four pieces. Say a (clockwise) twist of the bottom left corner is denoted by L and a (clockwise) twist of the bottom right corner is denoted by R. Then if you do the move L2 R L R2 (where L2 means L twice - or just L backwards) it will cycle 3 of the bottom pieces around. have a look at the way the pieces are arranged and you should be able to see how many of these moves are required and which way to be holding the puzzle.

also, it is impossible to have a piece in the correct position but having an incorrect orientation. so you dont have to worry about that.

if this doesnt help just tell me and ill put some more details up later. (David Byrden's dino isnt working for me at the moment...)

hope it helps,
james.

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 Post subject: Hungarian ringsPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2001 12:22 pm

Joined: Wed Mar 15, 2000 9:11 pm
Location: Delft, the Netherlands
I recently got a hungarian rings, and have worked out a solution for it (and wrote a little javascript sim). It will be up on my web page very soon now. I have been meaning to update my pages for weeks, but I kept finding new things to add. The dutch cube day didn't help .

The Dino Cube should be relatively easy (I don't have one). It is very similar to alexander's star.

I don't have a Smart Alex, so I don't know how much more difficult it is than tricky disky.

Jaap

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