Sunday, 26 August 2018

Giveaway #690 : Enjoy #RubiksSummerScrambles with a trio of Rubik's puzzles - closed - winner Claire Woods


As a child of the 80's, Rubik's cubes were the first real playground craze that I remember. For an entire term, which was an eternity at that age, we'd huddle around the wall next to the hopscotch and climbing frame, battling our wits against the original cube, the Rubik's snake and the pyramid, without ever managing to complete any of them, as far as I remember ! 


I was just as excited as the Madhouse kids when we received a trio of Rubik's puzzles to review and we all spent many a happy hour twiddling and twisting and squealing in delight when we managed to get a line or a whole side completed (but sadly not the whole cube - Pierre did inform me that there are tutorials on youtube showing you how to do it though, which I may have to investigate).

The original 3x3 Rubik's cube apparently has 43 quintillion (that's fifteen zeros) combinations but only one solution and it can be solved in under 10 seconds. Not by anyone at The Madhouse though !


John Adams have also got two other Rubik's puzzles that are perfect for little fingers. The 2x2 cube  might look easy, but don’t be fooled - it is still a challenge with 3,674,160 permutations. It's a great starter cube for younger children or adults with a lack of patience !


Set to inspire an entire new generation of budding cubers, Rubik’s Junior hit shelves across the country this summer. The four collectable Rubik’s puzzle toys, aimed at little ones as young as four years old, bring kids’ favourite baby animals to life in iconic Rubik’s form, with a puppy, kitten, bear and bunny to choose from. Just like the classic Rubik’s Cube, each character can be scrambled many different ways, for children to twist back to their original form. Designed specifically for younger children, the pets have fewer mix-up possibilities than a classic cube, so solving the puzzle is satisfyingly just a few moves away.

All of the Rubik's puzzles are addictively entertaining, easy to pop into your handbag to while away idle moments and  help develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. They were perfect for whiling away long waits at the airport and on the plane when we went to Bulgaria this summer, and they're a good way to start getting kids ready for concentrating in the classroom again. They're also much less annoying than fidget spinners because they don't keep falling on the floor !



 John Adams have offered to send a trio of Rubik's puzzles (the same ones that we reviewed) to one lucky Madhouse Family Reviews reader. Fill in your entries via the Rafflecopter widget below.


UK only. Closing date : 10/9/18

T & C's : Entries close at midnight on the closing date. Winners will be selected with a random number generator and announced on facebook and in the giveaway post subject line. Please note, you will be contacted by email and/or twitter and if I haven't heard from you after 28 days, I'll have to pick another winner. Prizes will be sent out by the companies or their PR directly to winners. Madhouse Family Reviews cannot be held responsible for any prizes that go astray. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. The winners' personal contact information will be passed on to the PR / Brand responsible and used only for delivery of their prize. 


152 comments:

  1. never completed one.......not without cheating anyway ;)

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  2. I never have but my brother in law is amazingly good at them - does them really quickly

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  3. Yes I have completed it a few times :-)

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  4. How I wish I had managed to complete one. Total fail for me.

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  5. I never had one so have never tried x

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  6. tried a few times but never completed

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  7. Yes I have but not since I was about 7, my older brother taught me but i've forgotten how to do it now!

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  8. I have never managed to complete one but my daughter who s seven has, she is obsessed with them and just has a natural talent for solving puzzles.

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  9. I've completed one....but I did remove stickers!

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  10. loved my rubik cube but could only ever do 2 sides x

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  11. I have never managed to complete a Rubik cube! The animal cube looks really interesting and a good way for children to get into rubiks!

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  12. I’ve tried many times to complete a Rubin’s but never managed it

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  13. nope not once. im not a rocket scientist lol x

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  14. Yes, I have a long time ago.

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  15. I have, but it was a long time ago and it took me an age!

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  16. I have never completed a rubik cube

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  17. I've never been able to complete more than 1 side.

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  18. Still haven't managed to complete one..... Its on my list of 50 things to do before I reach 50 x

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  19. Margaret Clarkson
    No, I never have.

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  20. I've never done this but I gave my grandson a go and he will do it I hope

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  21. never completed one but sure my fiance could

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  22. Never managed it myself, never had the patience, though I'm sure m nephew would work at it tirelessly.

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  23. No never, I do remember taking the stickers off and moving them to try to complete it, totally cheating!

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  24. I totally used to move the stickers, it's the only way I could do it, I'm older and (hmm am I wiser) now though

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  25. I've never managed to complete a Rubik's cube without taking it apart!

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  26. Not yet, but I’ll keep on trying!

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  27. The only way I can complete a Rubik's cube is f I cheat online, then I can still get it wrong!

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  28. No, I never have, I always give up! My daughter can

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  29. My brother could complete the original Rubik's cube but I could never master it

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  30. I have never finished one! :(

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  31. I’ve never managed it (unless you count the time I peeled all the stickers off!)

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  32. I only ever managed to get 3 sides of the original Rubik Cube.

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  33. I've never finished a Rubik's cube, I don't have enough patience for that!

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  34. I have never completed one..

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  35. No, I have never managed to complete task :- Rubic Cube.

    Rachel Craig

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  36. No, but remember taking one apart and putting it together and pretending to my mum I had completed it when I was little

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  38. Never, even with instructions to follow!

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  39. I never managed to complete one but my brother always did but only by cheating.

    Kelly Glen
    glenka@hotmail.co.uk

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  40. I HAVE NOT YET FINISHED THE RUBIK CUBE BUT HOPE TO SOON

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  41. Entered. Done one many years ago but not lately

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  42. Never, I don't have the patience, my husband on the other hand will sit with it and work it out.

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  43. When I was younger I struggled having the patience to do it, hope my ability to do so has improved!!

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  44. I've never completed one.

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  45. Leave me a comment to tell me if you've ever managed to complete a Rubik's cube - don't worry, all winners are picked randomly !

    nope . . . . so frustrating

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  46. I have never completed a rubik cube

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  47. I tried MANY a time but NEVER succeeded :(

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  48. Only the time I took all the stickers off and arranged them in the right order :/

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  49. I missed put on these when they were the craze years ago, would love to have a go at one now,

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  50. I've only ever completed one side of a Rubiks cube!

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  51. Never - the one for adults with limited patience sounds like my cube of tea!

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  52. i have never been able to complete a rubix cube

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  53. Michelle Ferguson28 August 2018 at 20:33

    Never managed to complete one, used to peel the stickers off as a child

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  54. I can't do it and don't have the patience to keep trying... but maybe my son will do better than me.

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  55. I have completed one many moons ago....by taking it apart lol

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  56. I have never managed to complete a rubix

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  57. I've never completed one...I tend to get frustrated and give up!

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  58. I used to be able to do the rubix cube in 39 seconds - when I was 12!

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  59. I completed the Rubix cube once when i was a teenager and would love to see if my 11 year old son could solve it.

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  60. I've never even tried doing it

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  61. no i never managed it. i reckon my kids could do it though x

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  62. Never and I am sure my children are not impressed by my lack of skill!!!

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  63. nope i used to cheat and take it apart

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  64. Nope! I could never get the stickers off haha my son has completed them before though thanks to videos on youtube, it seems most 10 year olds don't think its a big deal!

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  65. No spent whole summers in the eighties trying but never succeeded

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  66. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA no matter how hard I have tried I have never been able to do it

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  67. I have entered thank you

    Kay Sherman

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  68. Yes I have but it did involve removing and resticking :-)

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  69. I have tried but I have never completed one x

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  70. yes, but not sure i would have the patience these days

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  71. nope, although I used to be able to do the barrel one

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  72. i could complete it when i was younger but not now lol

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  73. I've never completed one but my friend used to have one and it was quite therapeutic to fiddle with!

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  74. I've never managed it but my other half can do it!

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  75. I am not very good at this type of puzzle but my grandchildren enjoy them!

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  76. ive entered, and am yet to complete a rubiks xxx

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  77. nope, havent managed to complete one yet!:)

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  78. I've never completed a Rubik's cube before.

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  79. I completed my brother's when I was about seven, he was furious.

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  80. never, though not for lack of trying!

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  81. When Rubiks cubes were first issued I tried for weeks to complete mine - totally without success!

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  82. Never completed one but used to peel the stickers off and cheat.

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  83. No I haven't, but I will never give up!!!

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  84. I never have but one of my daughters is rubiks cube mad and loves anything rubiks, she does it in what seems seconds to me

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  85. Despite a friend teaching me how to do them I have never managed it by myself!

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  86. i have completed one when i was younger

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  87. used to be 90 seconds these days about four minuites

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  88. No - I have never been able to do it

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  89. No, even though I used to try for hours

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  90. No! You must be joking! I have neither the skill or patience required but still enjoy trying. Perhaps I should have a go at the junior one!

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  91. no never. only manged to do one side

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  92. no never, winds me up after a while lol x

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  93. No never completed one unless I move the stickers

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  94. Sadly; I've still not managed to complete one.

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  95. Ive never managed to - can barely do 1 side!

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  96. When I was much younger and the cube came out the first time, I did buy a book that told you how to solve it in a logical manner. I was able to complete it back then, but wouldn't have a chance now.

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  97. nope, never. i know the central colour is the key, that's the colour that side should be and i start to get close but then the twisting unravels it more.

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  98. I've never even got close! I don't have the patience

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  99. Thanks for the chance, I cant do these but my son can and he loves them

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  100. I have only ever been able to complete one side. My son is very good at completing it.

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  101. Never managed to complete one but my husband says he has

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  102. No never, but would m sure my Grandson could.

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  103. I never could do one of these, my granddaughter would love to have a go

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  104. I have never been able to complete one!

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  105. ive never been able to do one my partner can

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  106. I can complete one side - but then I get stuck. My mum learned how though (from a book!)

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  107. I have never completed one but maybe one day

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  108. only time I completed my rubik cube was when I was a child and I swapped the stickers round

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  109. i have never managed it . . yet

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  110. I've not finished one but it is fun to try

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  111. I've never managed it...one of these...Maybe 😉 😂

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  112. I have never, ever managed to complete one of these! Apparently in an attempt to fool my parents into believing I had completed the puzzle, I tried to pull all the stickers off and re-stick them!

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  113. Never ever! They drive me mad. I still try though lol.

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  114. I had one as a child, but unfortunately due to my little sister being hailed girl genius after cheating, removing the stickers and going undetected for a very long time until she got a hair caught under one of the stickers I went off it. I would love to give it a try in adulthood but I doubt I would get the time lol.

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  115. Only ever did it once but can't 'remember how

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  116. No but I still get frustrated with one every christmas lol x

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  117. No have never managed to complete one

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  118. I have never managed to complete one as yet

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  119. My brother used to cheat and remove the stickers... made it difficult for me to complete

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  120. Yes and I didn't cheat by taking the stickers off lol

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  121. I've never been able to do it but i'd love to have another go

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  122. I was obsessed with this when i was a kid i used to spend hours trying to get the colours lined up

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