Message #3331

From: Melinda Green <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] Re: Introductions
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:48:13 -0700

Are you sure you really understand the 3D puzzle? imagine a 10x10x10.
That’s 1,000 cubies, right? But a great many of them are completely
interior, 0-color pieces, and the part you solve is only the thin, 2D
surface. The faces of 4D twisty puzzles similarly surround regions of
4-space that we are generally unaware of, and we work with their 3D
"surfaces". So now it should be clear that the 3x3x3 is built around a
true cube but we’ve given it a misleading name. It might almost be
better to call it the 3x3x6, and the 4D version the 3x3x3x8.

I can’t say much about the difficulty of the 2^D puzzles but it’s safe
to say that each 3^D is really a collection of 3 nearly independent
puzzles of which one is a 2^D.


On 4/18/2016 12:13 PM, [4D_Cubing] wrote:
> I have finally cracked how to use the reply function. Turns out, I
> haven’t been signed in for weeks without even realising, which is why
> I couldn’t reply to anything. Not my finest moment really.
> Anyways, how does a 2^4 compare in difficulty to the 3^4? I’ve yet to
> really take a proper look, with exam season coming up, but I’m curious
> to find out how an extra dimension alters the simple 2x2x2.
> Another question: What makes it a 3x3x3x3? A 3x3x3 is fairly obvious,
> being 3 cubies wide, 3 cubies deep, and 3 cubies tall, but where do we
> get the additional x3 from in relation to the 8 cells of the 3^4?