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Peter,

I'm still interested in seeing the CFF table of contents, though I

might be subscribing to it, because you write

RUBIK'S CUBE IN 44 MOVES: HANS KLOOSTERMAN

Does that article actually show how to solve the cube in 44 moves?

Even if they count half-turns as single moves, it is significantly

better than the 52-move Thistlethwaite solution in Singmaster. Also,

Thistlethwaite was thinking of improving his method, and perhaps this

is a report of it. Or maybe it's just more rumor and conjecture, but

it's nice to hear after all this time.

I was making a few patterns over the weekend for some kids, and thought

of some stuff I was thinking of trying out. For instance, if you

restrict a face to two colors, there are only about fifty different

patterns, at least if you ignore handedness. I wonder how many of them

can be put on every face of the cube. We know the ones with corners

alternating colors are impossible. We have some experience with some

of the patterns--the X's, Crosses, Spots, T's, and H's--but that still

leaves a large number of possibilities.

My Christmas present to myself this year was to order Rubik's Cubic

Compendium. I hope to be able to report on that sometime soon. It's

always possible we may have a Cubic renaissance, though I'm not holding

my breath.

Dan