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How to Scramble and Solve a 1x1x1 Rubik’s Cube

The 1x1x1 Rubik's cube doesn't have multiple layers to twist in order to scramble it as there is just one piece to it with each of the six sides of it represented by a different colour with no two sides being the same colour. So the question a lot of people ask of this puzzle is: how do you solve it? The answer to this is that there is a way it is supposed to be played with and solved but this may come across as very easy to do and feel unsatisfactory when completed. However, there are other ways it can be played with and used from this way it is supposed to be played with and solved that might make this version of the Rubik's cube more appealing.

The way a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube is supposed to be played is to place it either in your hand or on a flat surface so that you can see two or three sides/faces of it and then memorize this which means memorizing the colours of the sides you see and the positioning of them as this is the starting point and also the solution to the puzzle. The starting position of this puzzle can be either deliberately chosen or can be selected randomly by rolling the puzzle as you would a dice or alternatively by rotating it with your fingers without looking, remembering or paying attention as to how you have rotated the puzzle. The next step is to turn or even roll the puzzle so that the sides that are facing you are not exactly the same as they were before when it was in its starting position. This means that now you have turned or rolled the puzzle, after memorizing the starting position it was in, that you are now not looking at the exact same coloured faces in the exact same positions they were in when the puzzle was in its starting position. It can be that after rolling or turning the puzzle, after memorizing the starting position of it, that you are still facing the same coloured sides as that of the starting position of it but this is okay and still a solvable challenge as long as these sides are not also still in the same positions as that of the starting position of it as well. Ideally though when you roll or turn the puzzle, after memorizing the starting position it had, the sides now facing you will have at least one different coloured side to that of its starting position and the best-case scenario is that all the sides that are now facing you are different colours to the ones you memorized from its starting position. The next and final step is to solve the puzzle by making one rotation at a time until the sides of it that are facing you are exactly the same as those it had in its starting position when it faced you both in terms of the sides colours and their positioning. One rotation of this puzzle would be rotating or turning it once either up, down, left or right so that the faces being rotated or turned are replaced by the faces directly next to them that are also being turned at the same time. Alternatively, the final step to solving this puzzle could be to simply pick it up and to turn it in one or as few movements as possible until the starting position is found and then place it down again so that the sides facing you in terms of colour and positioning are those that faced you when it was in its starting position. The Pyraminx 1x1x1 is played with and solved in the same way but there can only ever be two sides facing you at a time when you are looking at it instead of the up to potentially three sides that can face you at any one time with a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube.

This 1x1x1 Rubik's cube puzzle could also be used as a dice with each of the six colours of it being matched to or assigned a number. When assigning dice numbers to this puzzle then only the numbers one to six can be used and each number from one to six can only be used once. The polar opposite sides of a dice always have numbers that add up to seven and that must be the case when you assign numbers to the coloured sides of a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube. Each side of a dice has a number from one to six and these numbered sides have exact positions they must be in which is why it is best to find a real dice if you have one or to look online if you don't in order to see what a proper dice looks like and to ensure that the 1x1x1 Rubik's cube you have assigned dice numbers to has these exact positions as well. It is advisable to write down or note somewhere that will be easy to reference which dice numbers have been assigned to which coloured sides of the cube in case you forget and I certainly wouldn't write the numbers on the cube itself. Using a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube, when you have one at hand, as a dice could be a good option if a game or puzzle you want to play needs a dice but the dice from this game or puzzle has gone missing and you don't have another proper dice available to you at that moment. There are a number of dice games that involve just one dice such as the dice games Beetle and Pig and a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube could be easily used as a dice to play these games as the only other equipment that would be needed then to play these dice games mentioned would be a pen/pencil and paper.

A 1x1x1 Rubik's cube doesn't have to be used as a game to play or a puzzle to solve but instead can be used in a more basic way as it could be used as a fidget toy. The physical characteristics that make it work well as a good fidget toy such as the small size of it and the cubed shape of it that allow it to be gripped and rolled between a person's fingers or fingertips very easily. The fact that it is light in weight and small in size means it is very easy to transport and carry on a person so you can always have it readily available to you if you choose when you need something that is fun to fiddle and just mess about with. It could be squeezed by a person either by them using their fingertips or with the palm of their hand but the person doing this has to make sure they squeeze very gently and not so hard that they break or deform it. It could also be used and played with as a spinning top, just as a regular dice can, by spinning it on one of its eight corners and seeing how long it will spin by itself and then trying to beat this time by making it spin longer. There are many different aspects to a spinning technique that would be applied to a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube such as whether to use one hand or both, the type of grip, the height it is spun from, the angle it is at when spun, the force it is spun at and whether to spin it clockwise or anti-clockwise and figuring out the best spinning technique that works for you could be a very fun and creative process.

If you have multiple 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes then they could be used to juggle with and should even provide more of a challenge to juggle with than traditional juggling balls that are designed for this purpose. The 1x1x1 Rubik's cube is more challenging to juggle than a traditional juggling ball because of a combination of physical characteristics that it has that are different to a traditional juggling ball and as a result make it more difficult to catch, grip and throw. These physical characteristics it has that are different to those of a traditional juggling ball and which make it more difficult to juggle are it is cubed shape, it is light in weight and the plastic material it is made from. The physical characteristics of a traditional juggling ball are it is ball-shaped, quite heavy and made from imitation leather and these qualities make it easy to catch, grip and throw so that fact traditional juggling balls are perfect for practising and doing juggling with it would best to learn how to juggle with these first before juggling with 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes. Just as with traditional juggling balls the more 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes you are juggling with then the more challenging it will be so it would be better to begin juggling with only two cubes and then once you can juggle those successfully you can then add another and then keep adding one at a time. If the 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes that you are juggling with are different sizes and weights then this could make them more difficult for you to juggle with than if they were all the same size and weight. This is because if they are all the same size and weight it should be easier to achieve the catching and throwing rhythm needed to juggle them successfully as they can all be thrown and caught in the same way. However, if they are of different sizes and weights then they may have to be thrown and caught with different grips and levels of precision and also thrown with different levels of force which could make it more difficult to find and achieve the throwing and catching rhythm necessary to juggle them successfully.

Another way of using multiple 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes is to use them as building blocks by putting them together so that they are touching each other either by placing them to the side of each other and/or by stacking them on top of each other. The goal when using them as building blocks could be to create something out of putting them together which could be simply just a shape or be more imaginative such as a real-world object like a car, tree, bridge or building. The goal could also be just to have fun stacking them on top of each other which could involve seeing how many of them you can stack on top of each other or alternatively the different, interesting and/or challenging ways you can stack them on top of each other. The more of them you have at your disposal the more things you can potentially build and the more complex and challenging these things you build and create can be as well. This also applies to stacking them as well with the more you have available to you the higher stacks you can create and the more complex these towers of stacked cubes you create can be. If the 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes you are using as building blocks are of different sizes and weights then this can make them trickier to fit together and also to stack on top of each other but, on the other hand, can also allow for more creative and complex structures to be created in comparison to if all the 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes you were using would be of the same size and weight. That they are different sizes can be an advantage when it comes to stacking them on top of each other, that is, when the smaller 1x1x1 Rubik's cube is always stacked on top and this would be the intelligent approach if the goal is to stack or build the highest tower possible from the different sized 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes you have available to you. Conversely putting a larger 1x1x1 Rubik's cube on top of a smaller one when stacking 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes of different sizes on top of each other is likely going to make stacking them more difficult to do, which might be the appeal of doing it this way, than when stacking them the other way round as it will make the stack more vulnerable to toppling over.

If you have the right number of 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes available to you then you could build a larger Rubik's cube from them such as a 2x2x2 in which you would need eight 1x1x1's to do this or such as a 3x3x3 in which you would need twenty-seven 1x1x1's to do this. The individual cubes of this larger Rubik's cube would not be attached together rather they would simply be placed next to each other so that the total shape of all them when put together is cubed which would mean stacking them on top of each other to achieve this. A 2x2x2 Rubik's cube built from entirely 1x1x1's, for example, would have four cubes put together in the form of a square as the base level of it and then another layer just like this placed on top of this base level to get the overall cubed shape. The final step of creating a larger Rubik's cube from 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes is to get the colours of it correct and the easiest way to do this is to it look unscrambled which means each of the six faces or sides of it having one colour to them and no side having the same colour as any other side. Each side or face of this larger Rubik's cube when it is all put together and completed will have 9 coloured squares on them that form one larger square if it is 3x3x3 or 4 coloured squares on them that form one larger square if it is 2x2x2. The red coloured face of a Rubik's cube, when the puzzle is correctly solved and unscrambled, is on the polar opposite side to the blue coloured face and the yellow coloured face will be on the polar opposite side to the white coloured face and finally, the green coloured face is on the polar opposite side to the orange coloured face. The easiest way to know for sure which coloured side of the larger Rubik's cube, that is made up of 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes, you are creating goes where and needs to be to make it look solved and unscrambled is to just simply look at one of the 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes you are using and replicate exactly the colour scheme of it. Once you have put together and completed your larger Rubik's cube so that it looks solved and unscrambled you could then try to scramble it and then solve it. The sensible approach to scrambling it is rotating one layer of it at a time as the layer, that you want to turn, must be held together tightly so that all the cubes in this layer that you are rotating will rotate as one and none of them move individually or out of sync with the rest. It is also a good idea when rotating a layer of it to only rotate the vertical layers of it or the top horizontal layer of it as these are the easiest layers to rotate without disturbing the cubes of the layers next to them. When rotating the vertical layers of this larger Rubiks cube it would be helpful to separate all the vertical layers from each other a little bit so that there is a gap between them and they are not touching which should mean these layers can be more easily rotated with disturbing the cubes of the other vertical layers next to them. Whilst scrambling and solving this larger Rubik's cube it would be best to place it and have it resting on a table or some other stable and secure flat surface in order that it will stay still when not touching it and so that you are able to just pick up the layer of it you want to rotate and know whilst rotating this layer that the rest of the cube will not move by itself. The entirety of this larger Rubik's cube will likely at some point whilst you are solving it need to be rotated altogether at the same time in order to be able to view it from another angle particularly when wanting to see the underside of it and/or to be able to better access and hold the layer(s) you want to rotate so that you don't disturb the other layers cubes whilst doing this. To rotate this larger Rubik's cube all at once then you need to grab a hold of it (with two hands if necessary) so that all the individual cubes of it are pressed tightly together and that none move or rotate whilst doing this and then pick them up and rotate all the cubes as one without any of them individually moving out of sync with the rest. Once you have rotated it as a whole so that it is in a position that you are happy with and want then you simply place it back down on the surface you lifted it from in a careful manner so that not one of the cubes rotate or move whilst doing this. When you have finally this larger Rubik's cube sufficiently scrambled so that each face of it now contains multiple colours and each layer (both vertical and horizontal) of each face has more than one colour then it is time to solve it. Solving it requires rotating the layers of it and manoeuvring it as a whole in the exact same manner it was scrambled but now with the intention and aim of getting this larger Rubik's cube back to its starting position with means each face of it having one solid colour. To do this you also need to know how to actually solve a regular 2x2x2 or 3x3x3 Rubik's cube and then apply this to the 2x2x2 or 3x3x3 larger Rubik's cube, which is made up of 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes, you have constructed whilst still handling it in the same way you scrambled it. If you don't know how to solve a regular 2x2x2 or 3x3x3 Rubik's cube it is easy to find out how on the web via a search engine or Youtube and I would recommend practising and learning how to do this on a regular Rubiks cube first and once you can successfully do it then try doing it with this larger Rubik's cube you have constructed that consists of 1x1x1 Rubik's cubes.

In summary, a 1x1x1 Rubik's cube can actually be scrambled, even though its appearance suggests it can't, and then solved by being unscrambled but it just can't, however, be operated in the same fun way a version of this puzzle with more than one layer to it can. This fun way of operating a Rubik's cube I am referring to is the ability to rotate multiple layers of it either at the same time or to rotate one layer of it while another layer of it remains still and this ability is a major reason why many people enjoy playing with this type of puzzle so much. A Rubik's cube with more than one layer to it also allows for the faces or sides of it to become multicoloured when the puzzle is scrambled and this means the person operating it can be creative when scrambling it as patterns can be made on these faces from having different coloured squares on them which can be fun to do. Therefore, if what you want from a Rubik's cube is that it has multiple rotatable layers to it and/or the ability to be able to scramble it so that the faces of it can become multi-coloured then the 1x1x1 version of it isn't for you as it can't do this. However, as mentioned the 1x1x1 Rubik's cube is a solvable puzzle and there are plenty of other ways to play with it or ways that it can be used which means there will surely be a way for you to derive fun from it.



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