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Today's featured article is the Skewb.


The Skewb (originally named the Pyraminx Cube) is a twistable puzzle in the shape of a cube that is cut diagonally 2 times along each of 4 axes. It is a cube-shaped puzzle. It consists of 6 center pieces and 8 corner pieces (four of which are attached to the central core). Unlike the Rubik's cube, which turns around faces, the Skewb turns around axes that go through its corners. It is a deep-cut puzzle (i.e. each cut goes through the absolute center of the puzzle, and exactly half of the puzzle changes with each turn).

This puzzle was originally called the Pyraminx Cube by Uwe Meffert, but Douglas Hofstadter suggested the name "Skewb", and it has been called that ever since.


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This is a Siamese Cube. This is the version 3.


Did you know

EOline is the first step of the ZZ Method.
The mainly used methods for the 3x3x3 are CFOP, Petrus, Roux and ZZ.


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Terminology

The 3x3x3 cube (also known as "Rubik's cube" and "magic cube") was invented by Ernő Rubik in 1974, and was quickly unveiled in the early 1980s.

This is a mechanical and geometric puzzle composed of with 26 elements (called cubies), which can be moved with a system of axes, that is hidden in the center of the cube. Each of the six faces is covered by 9 stickers, among six solid colours (traditionally being white, yellow, orange, red, blue, and green). The system of axes enables each layer to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be a solid colour.

It is said to be the world's best-selling toy, with over 350 millions cubes sold worldwide as of 2009.

It has inspired many widely available variations such the 2×2×2, the 3×3×3, the 4×4×4, the 5×5×5, larger sizes ones, the Pyraminx (tetrahedron), the Skewb Diamond (octahedron), the Megaminx (dodecahedron) or the Dogic (icosahedron). All of these items belong to a broad category of puzzles commonly referred to as "twisty puzzles". Some twisty puzzles are shape-shifting (such as the Square One) or custom-built (such as shape modifications of existing mechanisms).

Many subjects have been built around cubing:

Speedcubing
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Blindfolded solving
Blindfolded solving
Feet solving
Feet solving
Fewest Moves
Fewest Moves solving
One-Hand solving
One-Hand solving
Algorithms research
Algorithms research
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Group axioms
Optimal solution
The superflip pattern
Puzzle softwares
scrambled simulated 3x3x3x3
Puzzle solving
"beginner method" steps
Mechanism improvements
3x3x3 with rounded cubies
Puzzle collection
a cube collection
Puzzle building
A 3D printer
Puzzle modification
The Ficher's cube is a 3x3x3 modification