[next] [prev] [up] Date: Mon, 14 Oct 85 22:23:48 -0700 (PDT)
[next] [prev] [up] From: Rodney Hoffman <Hoffman.es@Xerox.ARPA >
~~~ ~~~ [up] Subject: Skewbs

Hey, it worked! On Sept. 18, I sent an order for a skewb with a
cashier's check for US$16 to Meffert in Hong Kong, in response to his
apology/order form. I included a cover letter mentioning that I was one
of those who had never received an earlier order (that is, my skewb
order of January 1983).

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, I received the promised airmail letter containing
the registered mail receipt showing the package was mailed Oct. 2, and
on Saturday, Oct. 12, I received a package containing TWO skewbs! The
thing seems rather easy, I think, but it's great fun because it's so
weird -- so odd looking in mid-turn, so awkward to manipulate quickly,
so difficult to keep your bearings (no face centers that stay put to
navigate by). I haven't fully explored it, but I've found a few handy
"macros" and identities that seem to get me out of most trouble.

Anyway, if you have wanted a skewb ever since first seeing the drawings
of them in Hofstadter's "Scientific American" column, go ahead and try
Meffert. In case you've lost my note of Sept 18, here's the relevant
portion again:

Descriptions Item No. Unit Price

5 x 5 x 5 cube		CE8426		US$25/Air
Skewb			CE8431		US$15/Air
Pyraminx		CE8423-24	US$20/Air
Timber finished Pyraminx		US$20/Air
Impossi-Ball		CE8429		US$29/Air
3D Nought's + Crosses	CE8434		US$ 9/Air

*All plus US$1 for registered mail.

Please rush me with Item No...............Amount:...............

P.O. Box 31008
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong

--Rodney Hoffman

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