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I have one of these, and when I got it I learned how to solve them.  I kept it on my desk.  Then last week, one of the guys at work messed it up on me – and I realized I’d forgotten how to put them back.

Google knows everything, I swear.

There’s a great cheat sheet here. Basically, it asks you questions about where different colors are, and shows you how to put them back one piece at a time.

If you want to try it and don’t have a cube, I like the virtual cubes here. (Make sure you have the latest Java plugin installed first). There’s a couple different color variations too, and 2×2 and 4×4 cubes if you want to be ambitious.

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Play it here

It’s a cute, addictive little game that can waste a lot of time.  You start with pieces for earth, air, fire, and water.  If you put the right pair of pieces together, it will make another piece.  So for instance, if you combine water + air, you get rain.  The goal is to find all 240 pieces.

Here’s where it gets tough.  It marks which pieces are dead ends.  There are 217 pieces that aren’t.  And since some of the combinations only make sense in retrospect (sky + cheese =moon), it makes sense to just try everything.  That’s 8128 combinations!