Tony Fisher's Cubillusion Puzzle

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Idea Conceived

Prototype finished

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Dimensions

 

Early December 2013

9th December 2013

8th December 2013

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6 x 6 x 10.5 cm /
2.4 x 2.4 x 4.1 inch side  

 

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People often ask me how I come up with ideas for puzzles. Usually they are influenced but previous ideas or puzzles. These can be mine or other people's. In this case it was a mixture. Every now and then a puzzle gets made with an optical illusion quality. Examples of these are my 5x5x5 Rhombic Dodecahedron which looks like a cube from a certain angle and the Squished Skewb which is similar.
Both myself and others have been fascinated by these types of illusions so I set out to deliberately make a puzzle with one. I knew that if you reverse things like faces (making them concave instead of convex) they still look the same. As a puzzle maker the natural choice for this was a Rubik's Cube.
I chose to build a wall of cubies onto a bed of cubies to get this effect. A regular Rubik's Cube doesn't have enough cubies since I needed an extra layer to build onto. An Eastsheen 4x4x4 was the answer. I should point out that this thought process was going on while I was doing some temp work in my other job as an archaeologist. The first design was scratched into dirt where I was working and can be seen to the left. The puzzle is on it's side.
Having decided on it's basic look I then had to decide the format of the extensions. Should I just make columns of three high cubies or use them to make the puzzle more interesting? After all columns would only serve to make the puzzle look different and it seemed a bit pointless to even make such a puzzle. I therefore chose to include bandaging and blocking which is always a great way to confuse and irritate solvers. There are many possibilities to choose from but I figured having an arch would be interesting. I then just added the other parts as I saw fit. I am sure there are better more interesting ways but I was pretty happy with the final arrangement.

 
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