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Questions tagged [rubiks-cube]

The Rubik's Cube is a puzzle invented by Ernő Rubik in 1974. This tag primarily concerns algorithms with the cube, as well as modifications and construction.

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Flags in all faces in rubik cubes

Anyone knows if it is possible to obtain a diferent country flag in all six faces of the Rubik Cube? Thanks
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What is “God's Number” for Specific CFOP Algorithms on the 3X3 Rubik's Cube?

CFOP: What is God's Number for PLL and OLL Algorithms? I have been "speedcubing" on and off for 5-6 years now using CFOP and throughout my experience have come across many different algorithms for ...
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Can you make a Rubik's Cube pattern with a 4 color flower on every side?

I enjoy putting my cubes into aesthetically interesting patterns (using legal moves, of course). I'm trying to make a pattern where each side has exactly 4 different colors in the following ...
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My Moyu Aolong V2 speed cube feels wrong after lubricating

I just used some off-brand, hardware store silicone aerosol and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Now, it turns very quickly, but the force needed to turn exceeds the force needed to turn it 45 degrees, ...
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How would I flip an edge piece in a 3x3 without messing anything up except for flipping that one piece?

I am new to picture cubes and I want to know how to flip an edge piece on a picture cube 3x3 without messing anything else up. Like here from this: To this:
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Is there a good method to solve this kind of Rubik's cubes?

In the office's kitchen we have a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube that is, well, unusual: instead of simple colours on the faces, there are pictures. While solving the rest of the cube is no different from ...
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Best strategy for Multiple Blindfolded 3x3 Rubik's Cube event (WCA)

The MBLD event is quite hard on the technique and the memory , testing the 3x3 Blindfolded method. The cube placement strategy as discussed by few officials stand at : Cube Placement The other ...
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You'll be stuck in this maze, forever (Cubic Cipher)!

Okay, so I mentioned in another puzzle that I created a new kind of cipher, which I refer to as a Cubic Cipher, now that the way to solve it has been established, it's time to ramp things up. As ...
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Rubik's cube with no squares of same color nearby

It's easy to 'scramble' a Rubik's cube so no squares of the same color are touching each other. The moves U2 D2 R2 L2 F2 B2 accomplish that. A side with no squares of the same color nearby requires ...
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Axis mirror cube has one centre piece rotated by 90 degrees

In front of me, I have a z axis cube. Sometimes when I scramble and attempt solve it, I end up with one of the centre pieces being rotated by 90 degrees. I know that in principle it is not possible ...
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What is the next method after 3-style in 3x3 Blindfolded?

I have been using the method 3-style for over 2 years, 3-style and I have settled in the range of 25-30 seconds. I wish to permanently become sub-20, and for that I am planning to undertake the ...
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Chance of getting an “easy scramble” with cross already solved?

I read a blog post recently about the limit of speed-solving records getting to a point that rely on easy scrambles to beat. One of the most obvious head starts would be to get a scramble that already ...
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Can anyone explain me the logic behind a J perm(or similar)?

I learned to solve a Rubik's cube recently by intuition and some basic cube theory (not by myself). At the last step, I use corner 3-cycles and corner rotations to reach the final solved state. I ...
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Swap Rubiks Cube Corners Diagonally Across

My cube has ended up in a position where I need to swap the corners diagonally across to finish the cube. However to my understanding this is impossible. Is there another way to solve this? I tried ...
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How to get faster at 3x3

I am new to speed cubing and would like to figure out how to get faster at cubing based on my personal stats. Which aspect should I focus on? Which principles would be the most useful for me (...
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How do I solve the top yellow layer of the Rubik's cube?

I used to solve the Rubik's cube using the standard algorithm. Recently, after a long time I tried doing it again. I did revisit the algorithm to solve the Rubik's cube, but I'm stuck in the top ...
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How do I solve the first phase (corners) of the gear cube when only one corner is out of place?

I got a gear cube and started scrambling with wild abandon. Then I stopped and tried to solve it. I couldn't. I went online to watch YouTube videos. I learnt there are three phases involved in solving ...
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Illegal patterns for the Rubik's cube

It is known that if you take apart the Rubik's cube and then reassemble it randomly, you will end out in one of $12$ cases, among which only one is solvable. The others result in having (1) one piece ...
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How to swap two edges like this? [duplicate]

Does anyone know an algorithm to swap two edges in this position, without scrambling the first two layers?
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Unsolvable enigmatic 3x3x3 Rubik's cube?

Haven't seen this problem on any other video or blog post; need help if you feel up to the challenge. So I have finished the 3x3x3 Rubik's cube using the F2L method ... except the top player two ...
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Can two corners be swapped using commutators?

This question is about solving a Rubik's cube using commutators and conjugates - it is a question about the group theory of the Rubik's cube, rather than a "how do I" kind of question. This video ...
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How can I become sub-30 speedcuber? [duplicate]

I am young speedcuber (in primary school) and I use Fridrich to solve a cube. I know all 21 PLL algorithms and 7 OLL. My best is 28 sec and average is 39 sec. Do you have any tips that can help me ...
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Non-reduction methods for solving the 4x4 Rubik's cube

I have a 4x4 Rubik's cube (aka Rubik's Revenge), which I can solve by reducing it to a 3x3 and then solving the 3x3. However, this can result in "parity" cases, where a single edge of the 3x3 is ...
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Last 2 pieces in Rubik

I followed a guide in how to solve the Rubik Cube however from time ti time I incurr in a case that is not covered by guide and I obtain an almost solved Cube except for 2 pieces. Seems also the ...
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Rubik's cube 4x4 parity moves

Note: since asking this question I've purchased several other twisty puzzles and now regret taking the "look up algorithms online" approach to solving - in the end I get much more enjoyment from the ...
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How to swap the centre squares of a 4x4 Rubik's cube

I'm solving by 4x4 Rubik's cube (aka Rubik's revenge) by reducing it to a 3x3. However, I keep finding that once I've got all the edge pieces paired together I've accidentally moved the centre pieces ...
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What is the right algorithm for orienting the yellow corners. Beginners method 3x3

What is the right algorithm for orienting the yellow corners? Beginners method 3x3 I have tried about 2-3 websites but they don't have the algorithms. Could I have some help with the algorithms? ...
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Double edge swap 3x3 [duplicate]

So I looked into this a little bit, what's odd is my cube can be scrambled and solved unlike cubes that were assembled or reassembled incorrectly, so they always get this situation. My cube is a ...
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Password in Rubik's cube

Alice needs a strong password, but she has terrible memory - so she have decided to hide it in a Rubik's cube she happens to carry around all the time Alice starts with a solved 5x5x5 Rubiks Cube She ...
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What are some benefits of solving the rubiks cube?

I was wondering what are some benefits of speed solving for the person involved in this hobby? I am looking for the information regarding the cognitive benefits of solving the rubiks cube. I found ...
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Can the state of Rubiks cube be determined by viewing it standing on the table (three sides)?

When the Rubiks Cube lies on the table you can see only three sides when you are not moving. Is it possible to calculate all pieces of the cube? In this position, there are only 7 pieces completely ...
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Rubik's cube with twisted corner

So I was messing around with my newest Rubik's cube, and I apparently twisted a corner when solving it, and now I don't know what corner it was. If there is someone out there that knows how to ...
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Is my 5x5 cube on an “illegal” position?

I've never met this postion before, and i'm starting to think it's an "illegal" one because i lend it to a friend before and he said he had to glue some fallen stickers. Am i missing an alorithm or do ...
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Is there a method in speedsolving without f2l?

I use the beginners method to solve the Rubik's cube and solve it in 50 seconds. Is there any way to solve it without F2L?
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Rubik's cube - Ideal solution book - Rubik's maneuver

I did a search here, but didn't find any references to the 1981 "The Ideal Solution" booklet, which was one of the early solution guides for a 3x3x3 cube. There was also a 1982 Ideal solution booklet ...
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Simplest Rubik's cube “algorithm” with cycle length 3

A regular Rubik's cube has a staggering number of possible states. However, that number is most decidedly finite; after all, a quintillion is just as far from infinity as seven is. From this ...
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Dayan speed cube 3x3x3 all corners twisted?

I have solved 3x3x3 cubes as well as 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 6x6x6, 7x7x7 and the megaminx from some time now but this one is really bugging me. I won't consider my self an expert but I have not experienced ...
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Possible to expose each legal position of rubiks cube?

Is it possible (theoretically, of course) to expose each legal rubik's cube position only once with a single sequence of quarter-turn and half-turn moves? Assume a 3x3x3 cube, and ample computing ...
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Swap diagonally opposite corners of one face without changing orientation and without affecting rest of cube?

I'm not even sure if it's possible to do this or not. I have a hypothetical PLL-situation where I need to swap one opposite-corner pair of a single layer. Like, a V-perm but without moving the edges:...
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Is there a name for this Rubik's cube algorithm?

$RUR'U RU2R'$ I use this algorithm to: permute UL and UF edges (messing up corners) orient LL from a fish (possibly using its mirror) orient pairs of LL corners by combining above algorithm with its ...
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Can a single side of a Rubik's Cube legally contain all possible combinations of colors?

Considering a single side of a standard 3x3 Rubik's Cube, are all possible color combinations attainable? Or are there certain combinations that can only be made by breaking apart the device or moving ...
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3x3x5 Rubiks Cuboid: Swapping Adjacent Edges

I have a 3x3x5 cuboid in the position shown (all pieces correct except for the two edges you can see. The must be a parity issue, but I can't get around it whatever I try. The only parity issue that ...
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Simple 4x4x4 OLL parity algs?

I am learning to solve a 4x4x4 Rubik's cube and I think that the beginner OLL parity alg: (r U2 x r U2 r' U2 l U2 r' U2 r U2 r' U2 r') is a little too complex. ...
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Sub-30second solving the $3\times3\times3$ Rubik's cube

I just wanna learn cubing under 30 secs. Please help me:( As i've already learned the Beginner's method. Is there any easiest way to learn the CFOP method as i am unable to understand this method. I ...
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Is twisting a corner of a Rubik's cube a valid move?

I believe the question is self-explanatory but I'm asking the question in different contexts. I understand that it makes the 3x3x3 unsolvable if you twist a single corner but there are cases where it ...
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How can one solve a Rubik's cube without relying on guides/algorithms?

I am wondering who is able to solve Rubik's cube just by thinking without knowing the rules behind it. As far as I know the inventor Ernő Rubik was professor of architecture and he intended to help ...
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Rubik's cube: Last edge problems (beginners method)

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 ...
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How to determine whether a Rubik's cube is solvable

I have a (nearly solved) Rubik's Cube: However, as you can see, one edge only is flipped, making it unsolvable. I have scrambled this unsolvable Rubik's Cube and now it looks like this: And What ...
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Solve 5 last corners in 4x4x4

OK, so I'm trying to solve this 4x4x4 cube with least possible memorized algorithms. So first I follow the basic conversión to a 3x3x3 configuration, and then I used some Pitrus method, so I build a ...
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Rubik's cube: rotate 2 opposite corners

Is there an faster algorithm to rotate 2 opposite corners? I can't find anything else but doing the sexy move multiple times.