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Title: US4872682: Cube puzzle with moving faces
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Kuchimanchi, Ravi; College Park, MD 20742
Thakur, Madhukar N.; Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Assignee: None

Published / Filed: 1989-10-10 / 1987-11-17

Application Number: US1987000108163

IPC Code: Advanced: A63F 9/08;
IPC-7: A63F 9/08;

ECLA Code: A63F9/08D1; K63F9/08D3R;

U.S. Class: Current: 273/153.S;
Original: 273/153.S;

Field of Search: 273/153 S

Priority Number:
1987-11-17  US1987000108163

Abstract:     A puzzle cube with movable sliders provides games with different levels of difficulty. At least one of the surfaces of the cubelets forming an exterior surface part of the base cube is not provided with a slider, thus defining at least one blank. This allows during the game the moving of anyone of the sliders adjacent a blank, on the same side of the base cube, to be moved into the blank. Each slider can be numbered, or given an orientation such as by an arrow thereon, or all the sliders for each side of the base cube can be given a respective different color, either by being so manufactured or by means of stickers placeable on the sliders. The respective parts of the base club can also be colored and/or numbered, for instance the bands along the intersections of the exterior surfaces (faces) of the base cube, these bands extending peripherally as a frame around the collection of sliders on each face of the base cube. The engagement of the sliders with the cubelets can be designed to prevent a slider from being able to slide out of a channel, that is, for holding it on the cubelet, during rotation of one of the planes of cubelets of the base cube.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Johnston, III, Wm. D. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Oechsle, Anton O.;

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. A puzzle cube, comprising
  • an array of cubelets extending in three dimensions to define a base cube with plural faces by respective facelets of said cubelet facelet wherein respective ones of said cubelets define respective sets of planes, the planes of any one of said sets of planes being orthogonal to the planes of each other one of said sets, each said facelet comprising a pair of orthogonal continuous channel segments defined by respective parts of the facelet which extend continuously from respective edges of each facelet to a central area of the facelet, the respective channel segments intersecting in a limited area at the center of each said facelet, said channel segments of all the respective facelets thereby defining a substantially continuous channel network for each said face of said base cube,
  • internal support means for supporting said cubelets in the form of said base cube, and for allowing the respective cubelets associated with any one of said planes to be rotated as a unit about a respective axis perpendicular to the respective set of planes,
  • sliders associated with at most all but one of said facelets of said cubelets of said base cube, said sliders having respective engaging parts on the backs thereof for being secured in said channels of the respective facelet and for holding the respective facelet from only its back in said channel segments so that the entire front of the slider is exposed to an operator and constrained to move substantially smoothly therein and for moving between adjacent facelets via said channel network, each said facelet not having one of said sliders associated therewith being exposed in the respective face of said base cube,
  • wherein each occurrence of an exposed facelet can be effectively moved around the respective face of said base cube by sliding any one of the next respective sliders along any respective one of said channel segments of said channel network on the same face of the base cube, each said occurence of an exposed facelet can be effectively rotated onto a different one of said faces of said base cube by rotation of at least one respective one of said planes of one of said orthogonal sets thereof with respect to each other of said planes of the same set, and said cubelets with said channel segments of said channel networks, said sliders with said engaging parts, and the number of said sliders are provided so that each said slider is capable of non-rotational, linear motion along each of two directions in each said face, said two directions of linear motion across each said facelet being defined by respective ones of said channel segments.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 8pp US3655201  1972-04 Nichols  Moleculon Research Corporation PATTERN FORMING PUZZLE AND METHOD WITH PIECES ROTATABLE IN GROUPS
Get PDF - 4pp US4373729  1983-02 Hanson et al.  Marvin Glass & Associates Puzzle with rotatable blocks and face portions slidable therebetween
Get PDF - 8pp US4405131  1983-12 Horvath   Puzzle cube
Get PDF - 5pp US4407502  1983-10 Paulos   Matrix puzzle game
Get PDF - 6pp US4412681  1983-11 Irwin   Two dimensional logical toy
Get PDF - 9pp US4418914  1983-12 Bauer   Toy puzzle arrangement
Get PDF - 9pp US4418915  1983-12 Calebs   Puzzle of stacked segments
Get PDF - 13pp US4421311  1983-12 Schesteny  Ideal Toy Corporation Puzzle-cube
Foreign References:
Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 16pp EP0042772 1981-12  A63F 9/08 Nagorny, Gabriel Three-dimensional puzzle 
Get PDF - 26pp EP0054886 1982-06  A63F 9/00 Fok-Gyem Finommechanikai és Elektronikus Müszergyárto Szövetkezet Two- and/or three-dimensional logical game 
Buy PDF SU1183136 1985-10  A63F 9/06 GRABARCHUK SERGEJ A,SU PUZZLE 
Buy PDF- 6pp GB2084471 1982-04  A63F 9/00 POLITECHNIKA IPARI SZOVETKEZET Logic puzzle 

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