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The Cube Puzzle

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The Cube Puzzle
Photo courtesy of Puzzle Paradise Gallery
Name
The Cube Puzzle
Alternative Names
66-Piece Cube
Designer
Dimensions
4.5 x 4.5x 4.5"
Year
1968
Cost
$500
Availability
Occasionally Available
Type
# of Pieces
66
Material
Maple, Walnut, Cherry
Objective
Take apart and reassemble the 66 pieces into The Cube.

"When I was 16 years old, I designed the basic idea for the cube puzzle. The puzzle consists of 3 parts: 1) The 'innards' - 24 pieces in the standard 24-piece burr shape 2) The 'shell' - 41 pieces, mostly surrounding the 'innards', which fill out the cube shape, and also form the locking mechanism to hold everything together 3) The 'key piece' - the cross-section of this piece is rectangular - half as thick as the other pieces which are cut from a square rod.

The workings of the puzzle are as follows:

a) The 'innards' pieces are irregularly shaped, and must be moved in some particular sequence in order to free the 'key piece' b) The 'key piece' is removed c) This unlocks the 'shell', which then comes apart d) The 'innards' come apart in a rather chaotic fashion.

I created about 6 different designs for the 'innards'. The one sold today as 'The Cube' is the third of these designs, and the one which has proved to be the most popular." -Bill Cutler