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I've started to play lots of online games involving memory. It seems the common perception of our brains is they're muscles. You exercise your memory and it gets better. Well I'm quite harsh on myself and haven't noticed any vast improvement but I am enjoying the games and testing myself and playing memory games. 

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I've also enjoyed learning the moves on the rubiks cube.. then it's fun to pick up and complete. Your memory employed in seeing it's current state and then remembering the moves to follow.

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I found a brilliant website for aids to improving memory

How To Memorize click here. All these little tricks to help and now I find I can recite many of my favourite poems. It's now easier for me to learn famous speaches or lists of jokes I find funny.

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A lot of the simpler games are great for memory improvement. Memory Tiles is one where you view a table full of tablets with pairs of symbols on them. They're then turned over and you have to remember where the pairs are. Simple but an effective memory work out.

Countries and Cities of the World Game

Another great memorizing game is clicking on the countries of the world? How good are you at your knowledge of the world? Well click on the map to find out.. chart your progress as you get better and better at remebering where different countries are. Useful and fun online game. How good is your knowledge of the world? Click here for the online game.

 

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The Traveler IQ challenge ranks geographic knowledge of cities such as: Vienna, Paris or Anchorage by comparing results against 6,939,748 other travelers.

 

Rubix, Rubrix, Roobricks, Rubicks, Rubics, Rubric, Rubrique, No it's the Rubiks Cube and here's a simple set of printable instructions to solve the puzzle. A great way to improve your memory. Play this game!  

 

 

 

 

 

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Rubiks Cube or Magic Cube

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How to solve the Rubiks Cube Puzzle
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The first step to complete the Rubiks Cube.

Complete just one face of the cube. You will at some point encounter one of the following five conditions.

Follow the set of moves that apply.

TIP. Hold the cube in the same position all the time! (silly, but it's all to easy to change the position of your cube as you start to rotate the different planes).

 
              
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Rubiks cube instructions position 1b
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Rubiks cube instructions position 1d
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Now you have the top of the cube as all one colour!

The next step is to get all the surrounding edge colours the same and for them to match their corresponding center colours. This creates a T shape as indicated below.

Create the T shape on the rubiks cube as indicated here

There are two solutions to achieve the above stage. Follow the one that applies.

Rubiks cube solution 2a
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Swap the positions of 1 and 2

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Rubiks cube solution 2b
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Swap the positions of 1 and 2

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Turn your Rubiks Cube upside down to now complete the bottom two layers

The next stage is to complete 2 layers of the cube. As above. To achieve this stage you must now turn your cube upside down. The T shape now turned on its head. Again there are two methods of achieving this next stage. You may need to use one or both methods to complete.

How to complete the rubiks cube 3a
Rotate the top plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the front plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the top plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the front plane of your rubiks cube

Swap the positions of 1 and 2

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Rotate the top plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the right plane of your rubiks cube
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How to complete the rubiks cube 3b
Rotate the top plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the right plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the top plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the right plane of your rubiks cube

Swap the positions of 1 and 2

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Rotate the top plane of your rubiks cube
Rotate the front plane of your rubiks cube
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Complete the Rubiks cube - L Shape

Now follow the next set of moves to achieve a cross shape on the top of the cube as indicated below. Keep turning the cube as indicated below until an L shape appears as above. Keeping this L shape in the position above (furthest away from you). In this position you will only need to follow the next set of moves once again to achieve the cross.

View of the Rubiks cube from above
Top View
How to solve the Rubiks cube diagram 1
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The next stage of how to solve the rubiks cube is to get all the top corner squares, matching the corresponding side colours. To do this you must first align one corner only so that it matches it's corresponding side colours (this corner may not match exactly). This corner is then taken as the reference point. If 2 or 3 corners match their corresponding side colours then keep making either of the moves outlined below until only one corner matches. Then follow one of the steps below to get all corners in the right position.

Step 4a Solving the Rubiks Cube
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Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn
Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn
Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn
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Move 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 to 1

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Step 4b Solving the Rubiks Cube
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Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn
Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn
Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn
Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn

Move 1 to 3, 3 to 2 and 2 to 1

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Solving the Rubiks cube - 90 degree turn
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When all four top corners are in their correct positions (although colours may not align) proceed to the either or both of the next stages. Now your reference point has changed again. Keep the corner that is correct in it's position as indicated "fixed" as you turn the planes according to the following moves.

This set of moves rotates three of the four corners.

Rotating the corners of your Rubiks Cube Step 5a
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Rotating the corners of your Rubiks Cube Step 5b
Completing the Rubiks cube Simple Instructions 1
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A nearly completed Rubiks cube

You may find that you have already completed the cube at this stage. If however you have not you will find yourself in the following position

1. Two or Three of the top center squares are in the correct position

2. Three of the top center squares are in the wrong position.

1. If two or three of the top center squares are in the correct position, you must make the moves as indicated below until only one center square is in the correct position then follow the moves once or twice more to complete the cube.

2. With one center colour in its correct position make the moves indicated below to complete the cube. You may need to make these moves a few times to complete.

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Rubiks Cube easy to follow instructions
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How to solve the rubiks cube
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The solving of the Rubiks Cube
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