Sunday 25 December 2022

Merry Christmas!

Dayan Double Circle Crazy Cube
I had hoped to have a wonderful Christmas tale of triumph over adversity! But of course, it was not to be. I bought the Dayan double circle crazy cube at the end of last year and had been much too frightened of it to do any more than idly test its' movement. First of all, I have to say the movement is absolutely bloody awful (which didn’t help me get the courage to properly play). I put it down for a year until my good friend, Jason Burgo, contacted me again after a long time away from puzzling. He had been playing and setting it up in various configurations to find interesting solves and finally convinced me to play with I in an adjacent face setup:

As you can see the red and yellow faces turn like Rubik cube faces, the blue and orange faces have the inner circle fixed in place and the green and white have the inner 2 circles fixed in place.

The end result is a monster:

What have I done?
My aim was to use simple Rubik cube algorithms like the Edge piece series and SUNE to rotate pieces around and pair up the circle pieces with their corresponding outer parts and then solve as either a Rubik cube or a Circle cube.

Unfortunately, a week into trying I am stuck with the last 3 edges impossible to recreate. I need to think© and my head hurts. I hope that this will not prove impossible for me because it is a wonderful idea with so many possibilities.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Xmas and a happy New Year. I will join you on New Year's day for the top ten(ish) puzzles of 2022.

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