NEW YORK — Memo to weekend puzzle-solvers: The Solution is near.
Oh, all right, admit that you love spending entire lifetimes struggling with tiny pieces of plastic. Confess that for you, frustration is fun--and vice versa. Come forth with the information that the Rubik's Cube nearly broke up your marriage. You were more interested in it than in your spouse.
The new Rubik's Magic puzzle attracted the attention of Ashwin Belur and Blair Whitaker. Now graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, the partners in puzzledom somehow got their quick little fingers on an early copy of Rubik's Magic.
For 50 virtually nonstop hours, Belur and Whitaker attacked the plastic panels. They took mountains of notes, undertook countless false starts and finally, days ago, approached Dell with The Solution.