Saturday, June 20, 2015

Crazy 2face B4

I know I know, less than two weeks ago I posted, "Basically I can't be bothered with anything that has alignment or sticker or bandaging issues right now. Been there done that. Just want some smooth simple fun." No bandaged puzzles huh? Well guess what has been calling my name lately.

June 22, 2015 I posted on Puzzle Photography:
I haven't played with the Crazy2face B4 Cube in a year and a half maybe. I didn't intend to play with it now. I was enjoying my smooth, simple puzzles that don't have any bandaging. But this started calling my name. So here it is. I'm not sure what it was even named in the past, if anything. It has one 0-face, two adjacent 2-faces, and three 1-faces lined up. And one pink piece. I have an idea that maybe Andy Chillingworth or Kevin Sadler introduced it but I'm not sure. I think it is supposed to be one of the easier configurations but I'm not sure. I'm not looking for hints on solving, but rather if it was given a name. Any ideas?
June 22, 2015
I've been fiddling with it. When I had no idea how to start I tried finding notes I had made previously somewhere, I tried looking at diagrams Burgo had prepared back when, but nothing helped. So I just started fiddling with it and found myself trying to reduce and solve the white edges. The white side is the 0-face. Next I figured I'd reduce and solve the white corners. And by that time figured I'd reduce the rest of the corners. This is where I am now.

June 22, 2015
The next logical step to me in my fiddling was to reduce the non-white edges. But the only way to reduce is on the white side / 0-face, so that means things got a bit muxed ip.

Here is a view of my cool, wet yard in the hot, dry land where I live.

And done. The 0-face and B4 bandage certainly added an extra challenge but once reduced it did not require any special algorithms to solve. Reducing did not require any special algorithms either, just a different technique that isn't needed in solving a normal 3x3x3.


I don't have many QJ puzzles but really like this Megaminx with thick tiles. It is the only Megaminx I have. I like to solve it from the bottom up using F2L type moves for inserting corner-edge pairs. Then on top use a familiar edge flipper to get all the edges face up, then a modified Sune to place them. Finally I get the corners in place with a commutator 3-cycle and twist any that need it using the same 3-cycle and twisters I use on a 3x3x3.

This is one more solve so far in the summer of 2015. Up to 22—

2x2x2 Cyclone Boys Cube
2x2x2 Hollow Ball
3x3x3 Zanchi 5 Cube
4x4x4 Cyclone Boys Cube
Crazy 4x4x4 II

Crazy 2x3x3 without the freaky move
3x3x1 Scramble
3x3x3 Magic Octahedron

3x3x3 Mixup Cube
Pyraminx Crystal
Pyraminx Trignis

Curvy Kite-ohedron Skewb (Curvy Rhombohedron)
Skewb Dodecahedron (Skewb Ultimate)
Skewb Tetrahedron (Jing's Pyraminx)
Curvy Copter with jumbling