Saturday, April 7, 2012

Crazy 3x3x3 Jupiter - Reduction

The Crazy 3x3x3 Jupiter is one of the "Crazy Planet Cube" series.

This solve will be using a Reduction method, where we reduce the cube to a Rubik's cube. This means we'll first attach the outer edges to the circle edges, and then attach the outer corners to the circle corners. Once that's done, we'll complete the solve as we would for a standard Rubik's cube.

Understanding Crazy 3x3x3 Jupiter

First, take a look at the diagram below.

You'll see that Jupiter is listed as "0", and on the picture, the white face is different to the other 5 faces. The "0" means that when you turn the white face, the center parts do not turn with the face. When you turn the other faces, the center parts do move. So they're "1" faces.

But yours may have a different colour as the "0" face. (Apparently the factory just puts them together with the correct face specification regardless of colour.) It's a good idea to make yours the same colour specifications as the original. This site will be using the correct colours. This video will show you how.

The Basic Plot
  1. Reduce edges
  2. Reduce corners
  3. Solve edges
  4. Solve corners

Step 1: Reduce Edges

To reduce the edges, we want to attach an outer edge to a corresponding circle edge of the same colour. We use the "0" face (white) to turn outer edges onto circle edges, and then store reduced edges in the other faces. It's very simple and quite a bit of fun, as this video will show.

Step 2: Reduce Corners

We attach circle corners to outer corners in much the same way as the edges. To begin with, make sure the white face has all 4 edges the same colour. Then, move a circle corner into position next to an outer corner of the same colour. As we do this for all 4 corners, we can attach 4 corners at one time.

Step 3: Solve Edges

Now that the edges and corners have been reduced, we place the edges with edge piece series, as though solving a Rubik's cube. The only restraint is that we can't turn the white face. Otherwise, we'll disrupt the edges and corners we previously reduced.

Step 4: Solve Corners

The final stage of the solve is to place the reduced corners. Again, carry out corner piece series without turning the white face.

And that's it. Your Crazy 3x3x3 Jupiter is now solved. I trust this site has been helpful. If you have any questions or want some clarifications, please use the comments to do so.

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