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Just surfing. A wise man will always change his mind . . a fool never will

- Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 20:34:42 (GMT)
Geweldige site... veel info van mijn favoriet Erno Rubik. Ik mag zelfs info gebruiken voor mijn site. Echt bedankt Jaap!!
http://www.rubiks.info <peter at rubiks dot info>
- Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 20:17:09 (GMT)
this site is cool
amatoriali <amatoriali at hotmail dot com>
- Friday, October 25, 2002 at 01:11:33 (BST)
Thank you your site is good. Also there is good on puzzlemakers.net and many others. To all thank you.
- Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 05:41:35 (BST)
Thanx for the job you've done...
- Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 09:37:44 (BST)
I have collected goe-puzzles since the first Rubik's cube hit the market. I have one that came in a plastic "CAN" before the signiture square box was used.
... I have an alexandars star, and used the solution to Mefferts megaminx to solve it... but I ended up with 2 "arms" that needed "swaping". this was not accounted for in the solution. (it states the last 2 pieces will automaticly find their places. Is this true? or might have one piece been out of place before I started.

I thought that because there are 2 of every color combo piece in the puzzle, I might not have them in their orriginal positions even thought the colors line up. (help please)

Lester <lsegelhorst at charter dot net>
- Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 19:14:21 (BST)
Hi everybody,
This site is great. But I'm looking now for 5 months after Rubik's Magic.
Does anybody know where I can buy it in Belgium?


Tim Bal <baltim at hotmail dot com>
- Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 19:43:40 (BST)
wie heeft een snelle oplossing voor peter's black hole? mijn snelste tijd is 46 seconden.
rob mulderij <r dot cmulderij at freeler dot nl>
- Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 22:24:03 (BST)
^-^ I'm a Korean student of Chung-buk scinece high school.
I like cube very much.
I want to know David Singmaster's E-mail address.
Would you send message of David Singmaster's E-mail address?

Dong-young Kim <kdyoung6 at hanmail dot net>
- Monday, September 30, 2002 at 14:10:46 (BST)
- Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 12:28:26 (BST)
great page!
http://www.theposters.net <posters at ukr dot net>
- Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 21:26:00 (BST)
Hi everybody! I'm searching the master magic for a long time. Could anyone tell me where I can buy that puzzle and other Rubik's in Holland? Thanx a lot!
kirsten van bodegom <krisvanbodegom at hotmail dot com>
- Monday, September 09, 2002 at 15:28:53 (BST)
Hi. I very much liked design of your site. I invite you to visit mine. Yours faithfully Andy.
http://www.any-posters.com/POSTERS.htm <andy at mail dot ru>
- Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 13:47:29 (BST)
Great page!
http://www.theposters.net <sskjdd at ssskjd dot com>
- Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 22:05:28 (BST)
Hi, don't suppose anyone know's where I can get hold of an original 1980s orange rubber Impossiball?


Jenny <jhuczok at hotmail dot com>
- Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 14:35:13 (BST)
The Blackhole puzzle can't be too good. Blackholes suck. It's what they do.
- Friday, August 09, 2002 at 21:11:46 (BST)
Hey! Clemens, you seem to know the (or at least one of the) solution(s) to Peter's Black HOle!! Can you pleez mail them to me????

Greetz, Marco :)

Marco Wemekamp <mwemekamp at hotmail dot com>
- Wednesday, August 07, 2002 at 20:28:08 (BST)
Wie o wie heeft de oplossing voor Peter's Black Hole? Ik kom er echt absoluut niet uit en wordt er helemaal gek van!!! Help me alstublieft!

Does somebody have the solution for Peter's Black Hole?? I absolutely can't solve it and it's driving me nuts! Please help me!

Marco Wemekamp <mwemekamp at hotmail dot com>
- Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 21:13:48 (BST)
Please - can anyone tell me where
IN THE UK I can buy:


and The 15 puzzle?


David Simpson <simp at least dot netkonect dot co dot uk>
- Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 11:00:00 (BST)
I need to buy a puzzle. Puzzles are terrrrrrrrrrrific.
- Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 23:26:25 (BST)
Hi - nice and interesting side.......

with magical greetings - Robinson

http://www.puzzleum.de/ <robinson at zauber-kasten dot de>
- Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 23:25:13 (BST)
Ever tried Peter's Black Hole?

It's not that difficult, but nice to collect :-)

- Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 08:30:13 (BST)
Rubik's rings is pretty hard. Go ahead and cheat. Use the solution on tha Jaap's webpage.
charlie (charl10439)
- Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 00:50:25 (BST)
Atomic Chaos is mighty tricky. DON'T BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Charlie ( charl10439 )
- Tuesday, June 04, 2002 at 16:37:46 (BST)
Thank you so much! My 9 year old son had to cut & assemble the four cubes, then work the puzzle. We were annoyed that he was given an assignment that took so much of his time. After a reasonable number of attempts to solve on his own, and then with mom's help, we finally hit the internet and found you! Thanks again!
Denise <hooks_at_tahoe at msn dot com>
- Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 17:14:14 (BST)
Your site is probably the best. The ammount of great work here is incredible. However, and unfortunately, it is totally worthless for the general puzzle public, who can't understand the ambiguous and misterious notation that you use. I know, it is very easy AFTER you SEE a picture with the notation, the problem is that we didn't see it yet. We simply can't imagine what strange position you grab and look a puzzle (like Impossiball, for example), and see something like "FDR" (Front,Down,Right) or Ultimate Skewb (with total confusion with 'faces' and 'moves'). Please think about how frustrating and irritating is to look after a solution (since the ones that are sold with the puzzle often are useless) and we find more problems understanding the solution itself than the puzzle. I imagine that you are a very busy person, but we would like very much some little and simple GIFs...

Sven <teutonic_knight_ at hotmail dot com>
- Monday, May 20, 2002 at 19:41:31 (BST)
Hey man nice web page but im really confused wut to rotate. These instructions that you give really confuse me. Can't you add a few pictures to help make it more understandable for beginners like me?
Baki C <shadow_blade at hotmail dot com>
- Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 04:52:50 (BST)
hey!! I've been looking for solutions to square - 1 for a long time and hoping to solve it! nice page :)
Mars <nanner_,marsi at hotmail dot com>
- Friday, May 03, 2002 at 14:12:03 (BST)
I am trying desperately to find a Masterball in the multi-color style...the one with 8 different colors. Does anyone know where I can find one?? THANKS!
Gina B. Eskigian <ginae at fox dot com>
- Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 17:24:29 (BST)
Hats off JAAP! Your puzzle page is a treasure for all lovers of recreational math with a perversion for 'cube-like' puzzles. (Is JAAP short for Just All Amazing Puzzles ?). The only thing I miss on your site is a unified approach to solving all types of mechanical permutation puzzles. But then, that might be your own secret!
Hooman <amanahorizon at hotmail dot com>
- Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 22:53:06 (BST)

I just found your site. Fascinating...I have never met anyone so involved with " the cube " and such. I've have not thought of collecting such information as I've seen on this sight. A refreshing look at how wonderfully different we all are. " Isn't that great ?! " I'll bet you are skilled at chess. Fun to peek at your world. Blessings and Namaste '

Andromeda <preciousunshineflavor at yahoo dot com>
- Friday, March 29, 2002 at 15:48:32 (GMT)
Does anyone have the solution to the five ring rubiks puzzle, remember the one that was made of tiles with fishing line holding them together, and you had to unlink and link the rings back together...well i have the FIVE ring puzzle (my three ring broke :Ů) and i was wondering if anyone had any good links as to where i can find the solution to it

Emily <eshelby82 at hotmail dot com>
- Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 00:59:32 (GMT)
Hi, Jaap,

I try some search and finally find your page. Good to meet you.
I am one of the engineer who design the circuit and assembly programming of the
ORBIX game for Mr. Meffert. It was many years ago and I almost forgot how to play
the games. Just know game 1 is the easier, game 3 and 4 have some case could not
be solved.

Did you hired by Mr. Meffert to set up this webpage?



Martin Ly <martinly77 at yahoo dot com>
- Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 02:08:38 (GMT)
Thanks for having links to my Tower of Hanoi pages
at http://www.jaapsch.net/puzzles/hanoi.htm.
Please, note, that the new, permanent URL's for these
pages are:
Best regards,
Miroslav Kolar

http://HanoiTower.mkolar.org/HTonWebE.html <mk at mkolar dot org>
- Friday, March 15, 2002 at 02:30:20 (GMT)
Hi, do you know where I can find a photo of Robbie Rubik, the computerized robot that students invented in the 70s to solve the rubik's cube?

Thank you!!

Laura Miller <mail at lauramiller dot net>
- Monday, March 11, 2002 at 21:35:19 (GMT)
I just got a working model of a pretty old (1989) electronic puzzle called LAMINATIONS.
Unfortunately, I don't have any instructions, so I don't even know what the object of the puzzle is.
(It is a tetrahedron with 3 different colored LED's at each vertex. They change color when the
object is rotated.) Anyone know where I can find more info on this gadget?
Solutions, or at least the object of the game would be helpful.

Thanks, Foster

http://www.adastran.com/ <foster at adastran dot com>
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 02:03:53 (GMT)
Don't buy the Tricky Disky puzzle! It's too easy!
- Monday, March 04, 2002 at 20:32:14 (GMT)
I really like your new Dino / Rainbow section. Now I see why the Rainbow Cube is a Dino. Great illustrations and explanations.

By the way, here is a tidbit you might enjoy. There are also 4-color Dino cubes where the all the stickers around the corner are the same color. So there are actually three versions of the Dino produced.

- Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 00:25:28 (GMT)
wayhay ! at last a solution for my nintendo barrel :)
that's the only puzzle i ever threw away out of frustration - and i don't have to do so, with the one i got on ebay a few months back. totally cool site - thanks very much


liz burrow <lizzy dot burrow at lineone dot net>
- Friday, March 01, 2002 at 23:06:12 (GMT)
i didn't know this site and plus i like this site
http://www.yahoo.com/ <farleyz_gurl at yahoo dot com>
- Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 09:21:03 (GMT)
I just wanted to thank you. I received the Instant Insanity over 15 years ago as a child.
I threw out the directions many years ago and never understood the true goal of the puzzle.
(Actually, I thought it may be some sort of cruel punishment from my parents.:))

The mathmatics/logic solution was an interesting solution as well, and was one of the clearer ones I have read.

Thanks again !

Jeff Miller <smill93750 at aol dot com>
- Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 02:22:20 (GMT)
Hi, I just listed an Instant Insanity Puzzle on ebay!! It has Bob, Ted, Carol and Alice of the 1960's movie of the same name. The colors are green, red, yellow and white. The cubes have images of the four individuals. It is unopened in its original packaging, and is dated 1969 Parker Brothers. It appears to be a French version. Is anyone familiar with this version of Instant Insanity? My ebay seller id is: dittofalls Regards, Carl dittofalls
Carl Smith <dittofalls at mindspring dot com>
- Monday, February 18, 2002 at 22:00:44 (GMT)
Try my new "Diamond 16 Puzzle" at http://m759.freeservers.com/puzzle.html.
http://m759.freeservers.com/puzzle.html <m759 at post dot harvard dot edu>
- Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 16:12:20 (GMT)
Square 1 is pretty stinkin' neat!
- Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 20:16:23 (GMT)
i hab ben working on roobax for 5 kilograms per year and i cannot terminate..please help..you do it!
bir man kan <birkan at kan dot man dot bir>
- Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 15:33:56 (GMT)
i enjoy x-bocks, and roobax squares they is much funny to play
bir kan <birkan at bir dot kan>
- Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 15:31:17 (GMT)
Wicked page! Is the Rubick's Magic still available if it is
isit available in the U.K because i want to buy one!

Sid <hipnat at hotmail dot com>
- Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 13:20:28 (GMT)
Nice page. :-) I yesterday wrote a small PHP version of this puzzle at http://dreael.catty.ch/Spiele/Drehen.php3
http://www.hofen.ch/~andreas/ <andreas at hofen dot ch>
- Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 12:31:01 (GMT)
Thanks for your solutions of various kinds of puzzles. Your page is an EXCELLENT PAGE!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Clement Lee <clement61087 at yahoo dot com dot hk>
- Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 10:12:34 (GMT)
I want to know a good solution to Square 1. Any ideas? I see a message that says, "Thanks for the great solution" or something like that. So if whoever has this solutions sees this, please email me or post a message with the web site written there. Thanks.
Chris Lu <chrid131072 at yahoo dot com>
- Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 02:13:25 (GMT)
Congratulations to your Computer Puzzling section of your site. It describes very clearly the fundamental strategies which are needed to implement a fast solver.

In the section which describes my algorithm you write:

>> It is hard to quantify how much is gained because it is difficult to give an >> upper bound on the length of the two stages.

The length of the first stage is 12 and the length of the second stage is 18, so the first solution which comes out has at most 30 moves.


http://kociemba.org/cube.htm <kociemba at t-online dot de>
- Monday, January 14, 2002 at 14:16:18 (GMT)
Hallo Jaap,
Hier dan eventjes een bericht van een zeer "ver" familielid van je (????). Ergens heel ver in de verte zijn wij familie, dat hebben we net via je vader uitgevonden, vandaar dat ik eventjes in je 'Puzzel'website zit te kijken, niet dat ik er iets van snap; de originele Rubics cube heb ik NOG STEEDS moeite mee, puzzelen en kaartspelen, daar kan ik niks van, dus ik zal je website adres aan mijn dochter geven, die zal dit wel prachtig vinden en er een hoop plezier van hebben.
Dag - groeten van -
Sydney - Australie.

Anneke Drese <annekedrese at hotmail dot com>
- Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 01:32:25 (GMT)
Excellent site. Some math related to permutations and designs made with cubes can be found at my website, http://m759.freeservers.com .
http://m759.freeservers.com/ <m759 at post dot harvard dot edu>
- Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 00:22:19 (GMT)
i need help with my cube. my cube only has 3 sides with stickers on it. and it is scrambles at the moment. and i can't place more stickers on it until i get the 3 sides that have stickers done. and all the solutions you have. require me to have all sides with stickers. i was told that there is a way to do it by doing four moves repeativly. if that is possable or somebody knows another way to help lease e-mail me. thanx
Confused <ajax_669 at hotmail dot com>
- Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 03:48:31 (GMT)
Jaap, an excellent site. I can't believe that I had not come across it before. I bought an Orb-It today and came across you while looking for other references. Visit it me sometime.
http://www.martinhwatson.co.uk/puzzles.html <via website>
- Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 14:44:57 (GMT)
Hi - how funny to stumble across this great site when doing a Google search for my name, and finding my name in the first issue of the Cubic Circular. I remember vividly still being in the lead at lunch time at that competition 20 years ago! I can now only do one layer - very sad. Thanks for the fun memories. Benjamin Ealovega
http://www.benjaminealovega.com/ <ben at benjaminealovega dot com>
- Monday, December 03, 2001 at 16:52:35 (GMT)
Hi Jaap:
I am trying to make a Super Magic like the picture you have on your Magic page supplied by Corneliu Zavadovschi, but I don't have a solution for it.
Do you have one? Thanks.
P.S. Thank you very much for all the work you have done for us puzzlers.

Anthony Caveda <tonycaveda at netscape dot net>
- Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 13:57:15 (GMT)
Thanks for putting up this page. I looked at several other pages but the explanations are not so good, yours on the contrary take the person step by step and lead to the final solution.
Jorge Jaramillo <kingeorge at hotmail dot com>
- Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 19:56:58 (GMT)
I thank the lord for this page! I looked all over the internet to try to find chinese rings and this is the only place I found them. The date is the 27 of November and if you get this or anyone sees this before December 5 I need some more information on chinese rings because I have to do a report on it in front of my geometry class. Please help me and I thank you for giving me this much.
Kate Adkins <Mipadkins at aol dot com>
- Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 21:28:29 (GMT)
hello. I've really enjoyed your puzzle pages and solutions and used some of your pages as "reviews" of what to add to my puzzle collection. Following your suggestion, I created a stella octangula out of two pyromorphixes. I'm stuck. I need help orienting the last three tips. How about a solution for the "Star of David"?!!?
Jeremiah Sibley <Miahluvdd at aol dot com>
- Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 04:14:57 (GMT)
I am trying to find a pyramix, and missing link.
I had these puzzles in the 1980's and now I want
them back!!

ROBYN <queenli19 at yahoo dot com>
- Friday, November 09, 2001 at 18:18:32 (GMT)
This is really...a genius, work of art. I do not know where to start to explain how amazing this is.
veronica <partiegrrl at hotmail dot com>
- Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 07:13:40 (GMT)
Just my kind of website. Thanks for putting all this stuff together Jaap. Jaap's Puzzle Page rules!
Luis F Lupian <lupiansa at uiuc dot edu>
- Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 16:30:14 (GMT)
Excellent site. Thanks
- Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 01:40:53 (GMT)
Please see my note on adjusting tension of 3x3x3 at <http://www.rubiks.com> "chat"!
James N. Koppel <jamenkop at hotmail dot com>
- Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 00:22:50 (GMT)
does anyone know how to type in the different puzzles e.g #12
for the lights out 2000
as i don't understand page 10 in the instrction booklet.

MEL <goody2shoes2uk at yahoo dot com>
- Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 23:07:19 (GMT)
Korean boy <butiloveu at hanamil dot net>
- Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 06:41:32 (BST)
Thanks a lot!

╚ĄŻ├ ├Á└š??

Korean boy <butiloveu at hanmail dot net>
- Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 06:40:21 (BST)
How much can I pay you to make me a "Super Magic?"
I have cold hard American Dollars for you.

-Jon Palmer
mazzterpiece at yahoo dot com

Jon Palmer <mazzterpiece at yahoo dot com>
- Friday, September 28, 2001 at 23:05:59 (BST)
Many thanks for your work.
I really appreciate all the math part.
I think that everybody feel better when things are explained.

JIMMI <jm at yahoo dot fr>
- Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 10:57:23 (BST)
This site is awesome. Did you compile all of this yourself by actually playing these puzzles?

Do you know of any games that can be played by combining 2 or more Tantrix discovery (10pc) sets? I would love to buys a 56 pc set, but no stores near me carry them. Perhaps I will order one online.


John Raggio <raggio at optonline dot net>
- Monday, September 24, 2001 at 03:45:44 (BST)
Hi Jaap,

I've enjoyed your puzzle site or years now -- are you planning to reinstate the downloadable version with some of your more recent updates added? The site is delightful, but it is incredibly convenient to have your text on hand without having to go online.

Thanks for all of your marvelous efforts,

- Peter

Peter Harle <harle at macalester dot edu>
- Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 06:41:28 (BST)
The Version 2.0 Beta of Cube Explorer is available! Maybe you would like to take a look at it at
best regards
H. Kociemba

Herbert Kociemba <kociemba at t-online dot de>
- Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 22:30:30 (BST)
Hola al que lo lee, me gustarýa comprar el 4*4*4 o 5*5*5 , o algun otro, prfavor escribanme.
matias <matias_sa at latinmail dot com>
- Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 14:59:44 (BST)
I also have been looking for these puzzles for years how can i purchase the whip it and the missing link puzzles. Please help. Much appreciation.
CARLA <carlasewell at hotmail dot com>
- Friday, August 03, 2001 at 01:13:54 (BST)
Phase 4 step b1 should read: To swap DLF and DFR, do R'D'R FDF' R'DR D2. You have a ' on the last R on the site. Otherwise, OUTSTANDING site! It has rekindled my high school obsession with mastering the cube!

[ Thanks Jim, It's been fixed! -Jaap]

http://www.slippery-jim.com/ <jamesdegriz at hotmail dot com>
- Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 07:06:47 (BST)
I have been looking forever to replace my magic puzzles!! Do you know where I can purchase these? please HELP!

Flip <flipstash at home dot com>
- Monday, July 09, 2001 at 08:13:03 (BST)
Have you a solution to the 25 tile Rubik's Tangle. This one is really difficult - or am I missing something simple?
Ron Schwinn <ronsnormas at cs dot com>
- Monday, June 18, 2001 at 05:44:49 (BST)
wow!!!!!!! your site is excellent! the "possible other puzzles" section is very thorough and fascinating; it is a real "page-turner"!!!!! I want to suggest a link for you to post. http://www.tux.org/~bagleyd/puzzles.html DAVID BAGLEY has put together a package of his FREE windows-based programs including a cube simulator that allows at least as high as 10x10x10 to run flawlessly on my old 486 -66mhz-24 mbRAM machine as well as pyramids, octahedra,dino, skewb,etc. all with the ability to increase/decrease "layers" and change from face turning to corner turning modes where applicable. These program allows you to save the current state of your cube (including all the moves done to get to that state) to a file called xxxxx.dat(can be renamed to allow for multiple save states) and reload it later to continue where you left off. worked great for my first-ever effort to solve 9x9x9,which took several half-hour sessions to finally complete(which I then saved to the ".dat" file,and which ,when reloaded, plays an impressive little "movie" as the simulator displays every single state the cube was in from start to finish in rapid-fire succession) The download is small and the functionality is UNSURPASSED !!!! BY FAR THE BEST SOFTWARE SIMULATION I'VE YET TO USE AND I BELIEVE BY FAR THE BEST SOFTWARE SIMULATION OUT THERE!!!! (DEBATABLE, I'M SURE) DID I MENTION IT'S FREE??? Try it, you'll love it. thanks. sincerely, J.P.Gizzi (j_gizzi at yahoo dot com)
JOHN P. GIZZI <j_gizzi at yahoo dot com>
- Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 14:36:11 (BST)
Hi again , sorry my message should read German puzzle shop (one of your links)

mark <mind-games at lineone dot net>
- Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 15:03:51 (BST)
Do you have a list of manufacturers of puzzles or wholesalers . I have two
puzzle shops and am always on the look out for new puzzles . I already have the
main ones like binary arts , pentangle , lagoon , . The german puzzle has lots of puzzle's which are new to me . Please can you or anybody help

mark <mind-games at lineone dot net>
- Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 15:01:49 (BST)
Please, put one picture or diagram in your Ultimate Skewb Notation. I really can┤t understand what you mean in that notation. Thanks
Fabio Couto d┤Alambert <fcdalambert at globo dot com>
- Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 00:20:30 (BST)
Incredible site! I am in awe of you people who can do the cube puzzles and do the coding for putting this stuff out on the web. And you do it for FREE, I bet! Amazing. I have been monitoring your emails regarding speed solving, and I stand in awe! I recall when I could solve the 3x3x3 cube in under 3 minutes. I thought that I was hot stuff then! I have some original duplicate puzzles from the 1980s if anyone is interested. Please feel free to contact me. Your puzzle and web expertise make me feel like an insect!
Joey Butler <jbutler_490 at yahoo dot com>
- Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 17:02:26 (BST)
Do you know where to buy a 12 colored Megaminx?
Darren <djgrew75 at hotmail dot com>
- Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 04:26:39 (BST)
Your page is awesome, it just needs more information on the
puzzle and the creator!

Erica Nancekivell <erica_152 at hotmail dot com>
- Monday, May 07, 2001 at 14:35:40 (BST)
Hello, Jaap,

What a terrific resource this website is! I am a frequent visitor.

Perhaps you can recommend a source of historical information. I am trying to
figure out who designed and who manufactured some of the early variants of
Rubik's cube, specifically the cubo-octahedron, the octagonal prism, the
truncated cube, the pillow cube, and the magic octahedron. It would be
interesting to know if Erno Rubik was involved with any of these, or if his
famous invention sparked the creativity of other puzzle designers. We know
how Rubik's puzzle inspired Mr. Meffert. What about these other puzzles?


Carter <ctarrer at ec dot rr dot com>
- Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 13:29:55 (BST)
I just discovered your page today! Thank you for including me on your links page (how did you find my website?). As an HTML novice, I'm not sure why my web page is hard to view in Netscape... but I'm open to suggestions.

Thank you greatly for your solution to Create the Cube. That is the only puzzle of mine which I haven't solved yet, so I am looking forward to having the time to utilize your solution. Keep up the good work!

http://www.geocities.com/dcden87_2 <dpalaganas at erols dot com>
- Monday, April 16, 2001 at 18:13:18 (BST)
Where can I find information about how can I make (physically) Rubik's cubes (2x2x2,3x3x3) and others from the Rubik's familly? There exists informations about their mechanism on the net?
Please email me at hypersorin at email.ro

Sorin <hypersorin at email dot ro>
- Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 11:33:25 (BST)
Hi Jaap

I have a big problem. For my Birthday I got a Masterball (rainbow). I just wanted to try to turn the segments, but sudenly I couldn't turn back and I would like to have my masterball like before I started to turn. CAn you halp me to solve it? The colors are like that now:

row at Northpole:

yellow, violett, dark blue, light green, violett, lighte blue, orange, red

upper row in the middle:

yellow, violett, light blue, orange, dark green, violett, red, dark blue

lower row in the middle:

yellow, light green, dark blue, light blue, orange, light green, dark green, red

row at the southpole:

yellow, light green, dark blue, dark green, light blue, orange, red, dark green

Or is there a possibility to put these colors in that following in your example and trainingstation at your homepage? Please help me. Thank you

Yours Sincerely Neela

Neela <littleangel5481 at hotmail dot com>
- Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 09:16:10 (BST)
Hello Jaap. You have a great site, and I admire your work. The motive of this message, however, is about the problems I faced when I tried to follow your solutions to Ultimate Skewb, both that in the Meffert┤s booklet and that in this site. I stopped at section 2 of the booklet; beyond that it became impossible to follow it. Many steps are not clear or it is supposed that the reader already know what to do. And then I tried this site┤s solution, but I couldn┤t understand even the notation you used to refer to the puzzle parts.
I would like to know if you can help me (and probably many other people with faced the same problems).

Fabio Couto d┤Alambert <fcdalambert at globo dot com>
- Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 12:02:01 (BST)
Hello Jaap,

You have a great website. I really love the Rubiks Magic and I saw a competition on the TV a few years ago and someone was trying to break the world record for going from the three rings separated to the three rings linked. I think they did it in just over two seconds and I am SO sure that I managed to do it in just under two seconds! The only trouble was I broke my Rubiks Magic trying to get faster and faster. This was a very long time ago and haven't been able to get another one since then. Any ideas where I can get one? I am in the UK.

Gary <garito100 at hotmail dot com>
- Monday, April 02, 2001 at 21:02:49 (BST)
Just thanking you again for your kind answers to my e-mails on Square1. I really enjoy your very good pages.
Elias Hernandez Capdevila <ehcM at amena dot com>
- Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 10:23:31 (BST)
Hi Jaap. Great page. The stuff on the tantrix unsolved puzzles really
interests me, since Paul Martinsen and I were the first to find a solution
(with a computer) to the longest lines puzzle.
I have since proved to my satisfaction that the shape used (as seen on
the mathpuzzle.com site) is the best possible, but still can't find a nice
way to prive the largest loops puzzle.
If you are interested, I could send you a postscript file of my proof that
the shape is the best possible.

Jamie Sneddon <j dot sneddon at auckland dot ac dot nz>
- Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 21:31:34 (GMT)
I wrote a paper on Rubik's Magic Puzzle some years ago in which I showed that Rubik had made what appears to be a mistake in the design. I hope to put it on our website sometime.
Also my daughter designed a very hard puzzle which we called Rubik's Revenge. This was done on the NES and was the 32nd final puzzle in "Dudes with Attitude". I think we stil have some of those.
These days I work on Word Puzzles and games including our popular "WordZap" which has sold 1.3 million copies and was recently ZDNet game of the day (check WordZap dot com).

http://crick.com/ <mica at crick dot com>
- Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 00:54:06 (GMT)
Very nice site. It helped me to find better solutions for Orbix and Lights Out. Thanks a lot.


Thomas W. de Boer <t dot w dot de dot boer at bdk dot rug dot nl>
- Friday, December 01, 2000 at 08:25:35 (GMT)
Append /interests/puzzles/4Cube/Nteract4/ to my homepage for access to my 4D Rubiks pocket cube.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~jmb184 <jmb184 at frontiernet dot net>
- Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 21:13:53 (GMT)
I once demonstrated the Rubiks Magic on a TV show many years ago. I now have 2 children and would love to get hold of one again. If you have the firts version (black) and are willing to sell it to me please get in contact.

THanks for your time,


Mark Futcher <markf at virgin dot net>
- Thursday, November 16, 2000 at 01:32:35 (GMT)
Helemaal vol bewondering voor je kunststuk, mij hedenmiddag getoond door vader Jan,

Veel groeten,


Peper <jacques dot e dot peper at planet dot nl>
- Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 14:42:42 (BST)
Dear jaap--

Thanks a lot for your response to my rubiks dot com post re: the
impossibility of a double edge swap on a 3x3x3. I suspected as
much very strongly, but am thankful for your confirmation!


James N. Koppel <jamenkop at hotmail dot com>
- Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at 17:40:23 (BST)
Great site! You inspired me to dig out some of my old puzzles that had been collecting dust for the last several years. Some, like Alexander's Star, I had given up on before I'd figured out how to solve them. I already knew how to solve the Megaminx, so when you pointed out the fact that Alexander's Star was essentially just the Megaminx edges, I was off and running on my own. Why didn't I see that before? I did, however make the connection with the Impossiball on my own a few months ago.

Thanks again.............Scott

http://www.rollanet.org/~swhit <swhit at rollanet dot org>
- Monday, October 16, 2000 at 20:08:45 (BST)
Hello Jaap,

Just wanted you to know that there is another way to make the cube shape,
which causes less strain on the wires. I also have the "Create the Cube" puzzle,
and if you would like any info on it (pictures, etc), I can send that info.
I have solved it before, and I'm exploring the possibility of writing a
solution for it. Write me back if you want/need any info. Thanks, Jeff

Jeff B. <bondjd at hotmail dot com>
- Saturday, August 05, 2000 at 21:49:27 (BST)
Hi Jaap,

Cool site. Maybe you can take a look at my Rubiks-cube-solver and in case you like it give me a link?

http://welcome.to/jdrsoft/ <jdrsoft at worldonline dot nl>
- Thursday, August 03, 2000 at 12:23:30 (BST)
Thanks for a great page. Your Square-1 solution was excellent!
Ray Eddington <raye at morinda dot com>
- Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 18:43:53 (BST)
This page is really cool. I just looked at your Square 1 solution and it is a lot better than the ones that were out there a few years ago.

I wrote a quick program to solve the Billiards 9-ball puzzle before I came to your page, and it looks like we must have written very similar programs. :)


http://puzzlingaddiction.com/ <davidbarr at iname dot com>
- Monday, July 03, 2000 at 09:40:28 (BST)
Dear Jaap,

As a lover of puzzles, I have mastered many that are on your list. This one puzzle (turnstile) has been baffling me for almost 18 months!!! Thanks. It will be such a relief to finally be free of the nagging feeling at the back of my consciousness.

Jill <cnjsmith at mediaone dot net>
- Friday, June 09, 2000 at 03:05:12 (BST)
Dear Jaap
I have been hunting for a solution to the Magic Master edition for 5 years. God bless the internet. Although I now feel disappointed it was so straight forward!!!



Claire <vorlina at aol dot com>
- Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 13:48:36 (BST)
Hi Jaap,

You did an impressive job!
I really like your home page, and visit it frequently.



http://www.speedcubing.com/ <rvb at chello dot nl>
- Monday, May 01, 2000 at 19:27:20 (BST)
If you have any comments on my web pages, you can leave a message here.

Jaap Scherphuis <jaapsch at yahoo dot com>
- Monday, March 13, 2000 at 23:27:38 (GMT)
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