After more than 40 years of twisting, turning, spinning, slipping, sliding and manipulating a Rubik's Cube puzzle in order to try to solve it, one man has finally managed to do so.
In a manner of speaking.
The Rubik's Cube is a cube-shaped puzzle, each of whose six faces are covered by nine squares. These squares are covered by colored stickers. These stickers are red, blue, green, yellow, orange and white.
Six faces each covered by a single color constitutes a solved puzzle.
Moys Kenwood, 56, originally bought the Cube in the late 1970s, and has been trying to get the sides correctly aligned ever since, without success.
Earlier today, however, he achieved his goal, after removing all the colored stickers - some of which needed scraping off like reluctant wallpaper - and scrubbing the bare faces with a scrubbing brush and soapy water.
The Cube then met the requirements for a solved puzzle: each face was covered by nine squares of a single color - black.
Despite the knowledge, in his own mind, that he had 'made an illegal move', and taken an easy way out, he took great pleasure in looking at the entirely black cube, and wondered why he hadn't thought of this before.