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 Post subject: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:36 pm 
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I am going on a 2 month canoe trip in a few days, and I can only take one cube with me. There is a lot of puzzles to choose from and I seem to be having a hard time deciding.

So, this brings me to the main point of this post. If you where going away for a long time, and you could only have one puzzle to entertain you, which one would you choose?

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:39 pm 
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Funny you should ask this, because I'm leaving on vacation tomorrow. I'm bringing my 3x3, 4x4, and my 7x7. If I had to bring one, though, I'd take my 3x3. Small, portable, doesn't take too much time to solve, impresses people in airports, doesn't pop too much. Can't beat the classics.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:05 pm 
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I agree with the 3x3.

I own a huge amount of puzzles, including 6 dogics, and every mass-produced puzzle of late, and nothing gets more play time than a regular 3x3.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:26 pm 
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I always have my 3x3, 6x6 and gigaminx in my backpack but if I don't have my backpack with me I ALWAYS have a 3x3 on hand. Never gets old.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:35 am 
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I recently traveled with TomZ's Unbandaged Helicopter Skewb and it turned out to be a great choice. Most of the solve is resolving jumbling so every solve is different from the others. I don't think the same is true of most doctrinaire puzzles.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:10 am 
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There are many puzzles what is interesting, but I think the mail question is what do you want to do with the puzzle.

I always have a 3x3x3 with me. It is an obvious choice.
But some times, if I buy a new puzzle, I take it with me, just to learn how to solve it!

My advice:
So if you have some (one) puzzle, what you did not solve yet, take it with you. If you can solve all, take the 3x3x3!

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
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I would choose SwitchBack, because it has many challenges, I can play with this puzzle for a very long time.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:49 am 
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If there can be only one then it would surely have to be a cube with images from the film Highlander on it. :wink:

Personally I'd go with the puzzle which you enjoy solving above all others, or something with the greatest variety of challenges.

I was going to say pick a puzzle you haven't yet solved, but if you manage to solve it within a few days and don't enjoy the solving process, then you're kinda stuck with it regardless.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:10 am 
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I travel for work on very small airplanes almost every week. I always have one puzzle with me, so this is a constant question! I choose a simple puzzle such as 3x3, 4x4 or crazy 4x4. Of course, I always find room in my luggage for a couple more.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:31 am 
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I'd say my Dino 3x3. This cube turns fantastically with its magnets, looks cool, and is a nice challenge to solve.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
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I always bring my newest custom puzzle. It gives me a good amount of time to solve, plus I can say I made it. And of course I bring a keychain 3X3X3.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:42 pm 
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I may catch flack for this but...

Don't take any puzzles. Enjoy the trip you are about to take and let it all sink in.


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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:58 am 
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Well I don't want to not have any puzzles because I will forget how to solve them. If I forgot how to solve say, a 3x3, I don't know what I would do with my self. Too much is at stake!

Also, I have decided to take a 3x3. Cheap and not difficult to replace.


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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:34 pm 
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Jacob wrote:
Well I don't want to not have any puzzles because I will forget how to solve them. If I forgot how to solve say, a 3x3, I don't know what I would do with my self. Too much is at stake!


After learning how to solve a 3x3 and solving for maybe 2 months, I stopped solving for 2 years. That was when I didn't know anything about the twisty puzzle community. I then decided to pick back up on it and, like a bicycle, I still remembered how to solve my 3x3. So don't worry, unless it's a complex puzzle and/or you've only been solving it for a few days, you won't likely forget.

And to stay on topic, I would either bring my 3x3 or 5x5.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:19 pm 
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oBNoo wrote:
After learning how to solve a 3x3 and solving for maybe 2 months, I stopped solving for 2 years. That was when I didn't know anything about the twisty puzzle community. I then decided to pick back up on it and, like a bicycle, I still remembered how to solve my 3x3.
This is the power of muscle memory. If you don't yet have sequences committed to muscle memory then it's very easy to forget.

I don't solve any one puzzle enough times anymore to retain sequences as muscle memory. I find that I have to re-find most routines if I don't solve the puzzle for a month or more.

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:31 pm 
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bmenrigh wrote:
oBNoo wrote:
After learning how to solve a 3x3 and solving for maybe 2 months, I stopped solving for 2 years. That was when I didn't know anything about the twisty puzzle community. I then decided to pick back up on it and, like a bicycle, I still remembered how to solve my 3x3.
This is the power of muscle memory. If you don't yet have sequences committed to muscle memory then it's very easy to forget.

I don't solve any one puzzle enough times anymore to retain sequences as muscle memory. I find that I have to re-find most routines if I don't solve the puzzle for a month or more.

I've found muscle memory fascinating. I used to know how to solve the Square-1, but modded mine, and therefore didn't solve it for a long time. I recently got a new one and have absolutely no memory of how to solve it. There are other puzzles that I rarely solve, like the 4x4x4, that I can solve by muscle memory, but if you asked me to recite the algorithms that I use, I couldn't even picture them in my head.

I find commutators that I figure out on my own much easier to retain than algorithms that I blindly memorize.

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If I could only bring one, it'd be my Helicopter Cube. Such a fun solve :)

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 Post subject: Re: If You Can Only Have One
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:44 am 
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The 3x3 definitely.
You can impress people with the classic Rubik's cube, and its fun to solve.

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