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The new RUBIK'S magazine is out. Not as interesting (to me) as the first.

Several articles on the Snake, on cube contests, and some on other games.

A computer flow-chart for the game Awari, and an analysis of Chinese Rings

are included. The most interesting cube articles are one on how disordered

a cube can get; and one on pretty patterns in other cube universes (ie, when

an edge is flipped, what symmetric patterns are there).

If you haven't seen it, the book "INside Rubik's Cube and Beyond" by

Christoph Bandelow is very good. It's translated from German, and contains

a fairly technical discussion of the Mathematical Model, solving in the

supergroup, other magic polyhedra, a detailed flowchart of a cube-solving

program (which also checks the input for legality), and a comprehensive

Maneuver Index, which contains, among other things, a complete catalog of

3-cycles. It includes an index, a bibliography, and a good section of

colored pictures in the center (including one of a 5x5x5!!!). Recomended.

I've also heard a rumor that the solution to "Masquerade" has been

written (and maybe published). Has anyone heard anything of this?

-- Stan

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