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Nobody else has made this kind of flame yet, so I

guess I will.

Welcome to CUBE-LOVERS. We are devotees of a certain

mathematical puzzle variously called the Hungarian

Cube, the Magic Cube, and Rubik's Cube. It is a hard

puzzle. Very intelligent people often take weeks to

learn to solve it. Once they have learned, though, they

can solve it in a few minutes.

The puzzle embodies mathematical sophistication and

mechanical ingenuity in a pleasing and intriguing

synthesis. I have forgotten the Hungarian inventor's

name, but we should learn it: this person deserves

our profound respect.

For those who have not yet become Cube Solvers: you

can only solve the Cube for the first time ONCE. After

that, although there are a lot of problems to think

about, the initial challenge is gone. So, in the words

of Mr. Duffey: SPOILER WARNING! SPOILER WARNING!

Messages to this list will often deal with particular

solution techniques. If you haven't solved the cube yet,

and want to do it on your own, reading these messages

may ruin your fun.

If there is any demand, I am willing to hack up a short

introduction to Group Theory for Cubans. Group Theory

gives us a mathematical language for talking about the

cube.

Also, if anyone out there knows Hungarian, there are some

pamphlets we need to translate. Cubans should inform

everyone on the list of any written material they know of,

so that we can compile a bibliography.

Happy cubing,

---Wechsler