Cube Day 2002
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On a big Cube Day from CFF on 6 october in the Netherlands I met Tony Fisher. I consider myself a big fan of his creations. So I bought all the variatons he had.

Tony.JPG (11796 bytes)Tony Fisher holding the, Fisher's Hexagonal Prism

One puzzle was a very Big BIG Rubik's Cube with a size 19.5 x 19.5 x 19.5 cm. So this is even more the volume of 27 normal cubes!

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Tony only made one sample I got it! It is fully funtional 3x3x3 cube. The cubies are made from PVC and are hollow. It is not that heavy so it turns fine!


He also made 4 new skewb-variations  and a 3x3x3 variation
Fisher's Golden Cube
Fisher's Hexagonal Prism
Fisher's Truncated Octahedron
Truncated Octaminx
Fisher's Cylinder Cube

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Top left puzzle is the Fisher's Golden Cube, the mechanisme is based on a normal skewb. As you might know a skewb has 9 ball barring positions (you hear a clicking sound). At start you have to move one click to put the Golden Cube in a starting postions of a normal skewb. So the Colden Cube is a offset skewb with instead all different colors is has one color and all different shaped pieces. It is comparable with a ultimate skewb for the solution method.

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This is a starting position next to it a skewb in the same position

Next to it is the Fisher's Hexagonal Prism, also a skewb variation. It is comparable with a ultimate skewb for the solution method.

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In the second picture in the back the original skewb parts and in front the transformed parts.

The bottom left puzzle is the Fisher's Truncated Octahedron. It is diamond skewb with truncated corners.  So the sollution method is the same as a diamond skewb
The bottom middle puzzle is the Truncated Octaminx, a skewb variation that was already described a couple of years ago in CFF. The hexagon is a on a normal skewb a corner and the square's are the same as a skewb center.  It is comparable with a ultimate skewb for the solution method.
The bottom right is the Fisher's Cylinder Cube, made from a 3*3*3 Cube.


Tony cast his pieces from resign and he uses die to paint it black, he "polish" some pieces with a black marker.


I also met Anthony Greenhill. an other great puzzle builder, he made nice "Double Cheese" from a Rubik's UFO. Anthony made the Puzzle parts from PVC sheets.

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pictures where kindly supplied by Geert Hellings

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Tony Fisher and Anthony Greenhill with his wife Laura  with the Cube cake and the BIG Cube


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And I met with Geert Hellings the collector and puzzle builder with his versions of the 2x2x4 and 2x2x6. The 2x2x4 and 2x2x6 are based on a 4x4x4 and is an invention of Geert. The principle is a simple but great idea to use the 4x4x4 centers as axle. So on the 2x2x6 the 6th layer are the centers off a 4x4x4.

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He also made a "Cubic's Tangle" based on a 2x2x2 cube. In solved state the Tangle color design must match on each face.

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pictures where  kindly supplied by Geert Hellings

And there was the Twin-Cube a 3D sliding puzzle from Carlo Gitt, that was also on the IPP22 convention. This is build from two RTL Magic puzzles. The cubies can be mixed from one cube side to the other. The outside can be blue, yellow or red as on the RTL Magic. The RTL Magic is a MagicJack variation.

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carlo.JPG (13684 bytes)Carlo Gitt, with the Twin Cube in Yellow and Red state


And I got ....

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More picture are on the Ron van Bruchem site