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Tartan Cube 3x3x3
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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.



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


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