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When solving the Rubik's cube using the beginners method, the last step which solves the last layer edges only requires 1 step of the algorithm if one face is already completed.

My problem is that when I have a complete face, I have to do the algorithm twice to solve.

What am I missing?

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  • $\begingroup$ Not sure what tutorial you got there, because those hand-moves are kinda pointless compared to just letter-notations or small icons, but let's ignore that for now.. :S Also, there are loads of different layer-by-layer Beginner's methods for the 3x3x3 Cube, and the algorithm you show there I've personally never seen before.. For the tutorial I use the last step is solved in this order: orient top edges; place top edges; place top corner; orient top corners. You can find a video I made of that here. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Cruijssen Aug 5 '17 at 14:59
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I don't know how to read that algorithm, but from the pictures it looks like it does a 3-cycle of edges.

In the first case where one of the edges is already correct, you have a 50% chance that the given algorithm cycles them in the opposite way to what you need, so a 50% chance that you need to apply it twice instead of once.

In the second case where every edge is wrong, doing the algorithm once will solve one edge. You are then in the first case situation where you have an even chance of needing to do it twice instead of once.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, pretty sure this is a 3-cycle. Sexy, Lexy, 5 x Sexy, 5 x Lexy $\endgroup$ – Jakube Aug 5 '17 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ @ComputingCorn if you only want to do the algorithm once, then you can either Rx1, Lx1, Rx5, Lx5 or Lx1, Rx1, Lx5, Rx5 in the first case, depending on which direction you need to cycle those three edges. If you want them to go counter-clockwise, use the first one, otherwise the second one. $\endgroup$ – Jakube Aug 5 '17 at 21:52
  • $\begingroup$ @user38034 I think you may be on to something. Let me give it a try. $\endgroup$ – Computing Corn Aug 6 '17 at 5:30
  • $\begingroup$ @user38034 Thank you, this is the answer! I didn't realise how the algorithm worked but now I understand that it moves the edge piece counter/ clockwise. $\endgroup$ – Computing Corn Aug 6 '17 at 5:39

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