# How do I solve this cube?

I’m trying to learn the cube but I'm stuck. How can I solve this in the least number of moves?

The answer is a phrase. Since it’s a secret phrase, an abbreviation will do.

• Where did you get this puzzle from? Jan 20 at 5:56

Took a bit of time to assemble a cube with that pattern, but it can be solved:

In just five four moves.

The book in the images is "The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube" by James G. Nourse, which uses its own notation for moves, so we'll use that here.

Calling green side Top and the yellow side Front, the shortest solution is:
R+, T+, F+, R+, L-
(In the more common Singmaster notation, this would be R, U, F, R, L')

But that's five moves I hear you saying.
Well, yes it is, but if we replace the final pair of moves (R+, L-) with an equivalent twist of the Middle slice between them, we end up with a shorter solution of:
R+ T+ F+ M

Which is clearly telling you how to solve your cube by Reading The Fine Manual that is sitting underneath it.

• Ah you got the last bit! I couldn't quite figure it out! Jan 20 at 12:30
• 'Fine' - haha :) Very politely done...
– Stiv
Jan 20 at 12:55
• Haha, perfect solution.
– cap
Jan 20 at 17:26
• @Stiv I'd prefer 'Fun' Jan 22 at 2:45

Based on the sides we can see, I believe this is the configuration of the cube

The least amount of solves required is:

R U F R L' (according to https://rubiks-cube-solver.com/ because I'm not good enough to work it out by myself yet)

• Regarding the notation you should have a closer look at the manual. Jan 21 at 10:27