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An 8 Circuit Labyrinth on Rubik’s Cube

After the 3 and the 5 circuit labyrinths on Rubik’s Cube, only the 7 circuit is missing. Unfortunately, the usual 3x3x3 cube is too small for that. And the next category (Rubik’s Revenge) with 4x4x4 is a little too big. In order to fill all areas, you need an 8 circuit labyrinth. The well-known 7 circuit (classical) labyrinth is best suited to this, supplemented by a kind of “lap of honor”, an additional loop. It can be added at the beginning or at the end.
Here I present the labyrinth with the additional loop at the end.

First the unfolded cube with the names of the different sides:

The unfolded, empty Rubik's Cube

The unfolded, empty Rubik’s Cube

And here Ariadne’s thread:

Aridne's thread on the unfolded Rubik's Cube

Aridne’s thread on the unfolded Rubik’s Cube

The path sequence is: 3-2-1-4-7-6-5-8-9. This is the sequence for the classical 7 circuit labyrinth with an additional loop, hence “9” is the center (and not “8”). The entrance to the labyrinth takes place on the 3rd circuit. It is on the front side of the cube. And the center is next to this space on the same side. This shows that all other lines are only detours. Just like in the “right” labyrinth. The beginning and the end of the line (Ariadne’s thread) are right next to each other.
It should also be noted that the path on the cube is very distorted compared to the familiar look of the labyrinth, and not as balanced as we are used to. But the essential is there, the intricate and complex, not crossing lines. It is also nice that all small cubes are occupied, there are no empty spaces.

Again, a template that can be used to build a model. Here you can see, print or download it as a PDF file.

I tried it myself and made a more or less successful cube:

Aridne's thread on Rubik's Cube

Aridne’s thread on Rubik’s Cube

In the large picture above, you can see the top, left and front sides from above. The three smaller pictures are each rotated by 90 degrees.

Here in a tilted representation:

Aridne's thread on Rubik's Cube

Aridne’s thread on Rubik’s Cube

In the large picture above, you can see the front, left and lower side from above. The three smaller pictures are rotated by 90 degrees again.

I cannot judge how difficult the twisted cube would be to solve. And whether it is enough to simply say: connect the beginning and the end with each other without crossing the line?

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The 5 Circuit Labyrinth on Rubik’s Cube

I started with the 3 circuit labyrinth on Rubik’s Cube (see Related Posts below). However, quite a few areas have remained empty. Therefore I have now dealt with a 5 circuit labyrinth.

First of all again the scheme for Rubik’s Cube with the notation of the different sides of the unfolded cube.

The unfolded, empty Rubik's Cube

The unfolded, empty Rubik’s Cube

From the 8 possible combinations for a 5 circuit labyrinth, I chose the variant with the path sequence: 0-3-4-5-2-1-6.
Ariadne's thread on the unfolded Rubik's Cube

Ariadne’s thread on the unfolded Rubik’s Cube

The path begins on the “front” side on the bottom left corner stone, then leads upwards (circuit 3), jumps around the corner to “left” and runs over “back” to “right” around the cube. From here it goes up (circuit 4) and back again left around to the “front” side. Then follow the circuits 5, 2, 1 and finally the jump to the center (6).
The number of the circuits begins on the bottom (the “down” side) of the cube, not on the “front” side. The goal, the center of the labyrinth is in “6” on the “up” side. And only one stone remains empty on the underside (the “down” side).

There is also a template that can be used to build a model. Here you can see, print or download it as a PDF file.

I tried that myself and made a more or less successful model out of paper:

Ariadne's thread on Rubik's Cube

Ariadne’s thread on Rubik’s Cube

In the large picture above, you can see the top (“up”), left and front sides from above. The three smaller pictures are each rotated by 90 degrees.

Here in a tilted representation:

Ariadne's thread on Rubik's Cube

Ariadne’s thread on Rubik’s Cube

In the large picture above, you can see the front, left and lower (“down”) side from above. The three smaller pictures are rotated by 90 degrees again.

I cannot judge how difficult that would be to solve. Especially if you do not say beforehand what that should be and you should find the beginning and end of the thread yourself.

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World Labyrinth Day 2020: Drawing a Labyrinth

Once again (for the 12th time) the Labyrinth Society invites us to celebrate World Labyrinth Day.
As every year, it is the first Saturday in May, this year May 2nd, 2020.

Flyer of the Labyrinth Society

Flyer of the Labyrinth Society

The global corona pandemic is also affecting this day. Larger group events are usually not possible.
That is why the day should be celebrated differently than usual. There are many ways to do this.

The Labyrinth Society offers a 24-hour online event entitled Walk around the World, which virtually connects people on the GoToMeeting platform across time zones.
This requires registration. More information is available on the Labyrinth Society website:


Lars Howlett offers to use a finger labyrinth virtually and online.

Design © Lars Howlett

Design © Lars Howlett

This will take place in a zoom meeting on May 2nd, 2020 from 12:45 to 14:00 PM Pacific Time (USA and Canada), at which you can register here:

Here is a converter for the different time zones:


My proposal: Drawing a labyrinth

There are also many options and methods for this. Some have already been featured in this blog.
How about a labyrinth on empty toilet paper rolls? After all the hamster purchases, should there be enough?
Ariadne’s thread, the path in the labyrinth, is drawn directly. So we do not need a pattern, as we do it usually to draw the classic labyrinth.

Toilet paper rolls labyrinths

Toilet paper rolls labyrinths

How to do this is explained here.


Or do we draw the (boundary) lines for a Wunderkreis? The path runs between the lines here. It is a walk-through labyrinth with a choice.

The lines for a Wunderkreis

The lines for a Wunderkreis

The details are explained below:


But we can also draw the path in the labyrinth, Ariadne’s  thread:

Ariadne's thread in a Wunderkreis

Ariadne’s thread in a Wunderkreis (Kaufbeuren)

We see the method here:


For many, however, it will also be possible, as usual, to walk a labyrinth.

No matter how, World Labyrinth Day can be celebrated.
The Labyrinth Society is again organizing a survey.

If you are looking for a labyrinth near you, maybe you will find one here:

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The 3 Circuit Labyrinth Cube

I have already written about the labyrinth on Rubik’s Cube. I had presented a template for making a model. I’ve used that myself and made a labyrinth cube out of it. This is how it looks like: Ariadne’s  thread runs on the surface of the vsible miniature cubes. The 9 faces of the miniature cubes on “down” and the 7 on “up” were not used.

Ariadne's thread on Rubik's Cube

Ariadne’s thread on Rubik’s Cube

That gave me the idea of whether it would not be possible to include all the miniature cubes?
And I offer a solution for this:
The Rubik’s Cube has all in all 26 pieces. The core mechanism is fixed and holds the 6 center pieces with one coloured face. The 12 edge pieces show two coloured faces, and the 8 corner pieces have three coloured faces.
Ariadne’s thread should now run through all the little cubes. So 6 times one face is visible, 12 times two faces and 8 times three faces.
It looks like this on the template:

The unfolded cube

The unfolded cube

Ariadne’s thread is shown in color here. The labyrinth should be the type Knossos labyrinth with the path sequence 3-2-1-4. Green stands for 3, blue for 2, brown for 1. The center is white (4), and can only be reached if you pass through the invisible center (= core mechanism) from the “up” surface.
The beginning of Ariadne’s thread is the green edge cube with three coloured faces in the lower left “front”. Then you run up to the next edge cube with three coloured faces, you run around the “up” surface, following the “back” surface, then the “right” surface to the green/blue coloured face edge cube, which initiates the line of the blue cubes. The next change is in the “left” surface from blue to brown.

There is also a template that can be used to build a model. Here you can see, print or download the template as a PDF file.

I tried it myself and made a more or less successful cube.

The labyrinth cube

The labyrinth cube

In the large picture on the left you can see the “up” surface, the “left”, and the”front” surface from above. In the three smaller pictures the cube is each rotated by 90 degrees.

Here in a tilted representation:

The tilted cube

The tilted cube

In the large picture on the left, you can see the “front”, “left” and “down” surface from above. In the three smaller pictures the cube is rotated by 90 degrees again.

I cannot judge how difficult that would be to solve. Especially if you do not say beforehand what that should be and you should find the beginning and the end of the thread yourself.
Perhaps one could make the specification: connect the green cube with the white cube and go over all miniature cubes.

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