This puzzle is made from a standard pyraminx by gluing an edge piece to an adjacent corner piece, and then doing the same to the edge on the opposite side of the puzzle. This is somewhat similar to how a bicube is made from a standard Rubik's cube.

This puzzle was made by Norman Diamond, and he gave one to me when he asked me to devise a solution to it.

If you include the trivial tips then this has to be multiplied by a further 3^{4}=81.

A quick computer search gives the following result (ignoring the tips):

Depth | # Positions |
---|---|

0 | 1 |

1 | 4 |

2 | 12 |

3 | 32 |

4 | 76 |

5 | 206 |

6 | 510 |

7 | 1,126 |

8 | 1,803 |

9 | 1,980 |

10 | 981 |

11 | 165 |

12 | 15 |

13 | 1 |

Total | 6,912 |

The antipode at distance 13 is the position with all 4 free edges flipped. In Sloane's On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences this is included as sequence A079769.

In the solved position, the edges which are glued to the L and R corner pieces lie in positions LB and RU respectively. Due to its symmetry this is true even when the puzzle is turned over so that the L and R corners are swapped.

- Simply turn each tip so that it matches its corner piece.

**Phase 2:** Solve the bandaged corner pieces.

- Find out which colour is missing from the B corner piece. The face opposite (the URL face at the front) will eventually be that colour.
- Turn the L and R bandaged corner pieces to their correct orientations, i.e. showing the correct colour in the front face. The bandaged edges should lie at RU and LB.

**Phase 3:** Position the LR edge piece, in its correct orientation.

- Find the piece that belongs in the LR position (directly between the bandaged corners). Skip this step if it is already correctly positioned and oriented.
- If the edge lies at RB then do R', otherwise do R.
- Turn U to bring the edge to the UB position.
- Turn R back to its original position.

The piece belonging at LR now lies at UB. - If the colour of the front (ULR) face is showing on the right hand side (URB face) of the edge piece, then do RL'U'L'R'L', otherwise do RUR'. The edge should now match the adjacent L and R corner pieces.

**Phase 4:** Solve the unbandaged corner pieces

- To turn the U corner, do R'UR or R'U'R so that its colours match the L corner piece.
- To turn the B corner, do L'BL or L'B'L so that its colours match the R corner piece.

**Phase 5:** Position the remaining 3 edges.

- Find the edge piece belonging at the RB position.
- If it lies at UL, then do RURUR'UR'.
- If it lies at UB, then do RU'RU'R'U'R'.
- The other two edge pieces are automatically now correctly positioned.

**Phase 6:** Orient the 3 edges.

- To flip the RB and UB edges, do RUL'ULU'RU'R.
- To flip the RB and UL edges, do RUL'U'LU'RUR.
- To flip the UL and UB edges, do LBR'BRB'LB'L.