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January

National Puzzle Day

Posted by Brittany

National Puzzle DayToday is National Puzzle Day, a day to challenge your mind with your favorite type of brainteaser. My personal weakness is Sudoku. I started playing a couple of years into the craze and, though I sometimes have problems with the puzzles on my phone (I’m going to blame it on the small print), I’ve never met a Sudoku puzzle on paper that I couldn’t solve pretty quickly. That’s probably because I’m pretty good with numbers. When it comes to other types of puzzles though — crossword puzzles, word games, logic puzzles — I tend to give up only a few minutes in. One of my worst qualities is that I lack patience, and it really shows when it comes to puzzles.

For instance, not only have I never solved a Rubik’s Cube, I’ve never tinkered with one for longer than a few minutes. It always seemed to me like the solution would either be impossible, or not worth the amount of time I would need to invest. But, in the spirit of this “unofficial”, I was determined to change that. So today, after a lovely lunch at Fujiya House in Fredercksburg, Chris and I headed over to our local Target in search of a new challenge. It didn’t take long for me to find the classic Rubik’s Cube, but then my eyes caught something else a few feet away — a Rubik’s 360. This little puzzle, which was invented by the creator of the original Rubik’s Cube, requires both strategy and dexterity. At least some anyway — I was able to solve it in about 2 hours of intermittent play, and in less than an hour Chris is 5/6 of the way there.

Either the Rubik’s 360 is a lot easier than the Rubik’s Cube, or I’ve been keeping the classic multi-colored puzzle at bay for far too long. Maybe it really is time for me to work on my patience and conquer the cube — I think I’ll be stopping by the toy aisle again in the near future.

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