Questions tagged [rubiks-cube]

For questions about the Rubik's Cube (a 3-D combination puzzle) and its variations.

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Unsovable by two corner displacement - how to repair

Without cube disassembly we reached the condition that two neighbour corners are swapped. I know this can not be solved. I need to exchange two neighbour corners only (the correct corners rotation can ...
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Most polyominoes on a Rubik's cube

What is the most number of distinct free polyominoes you can form on the faces of a standard 3x3x3 Rubik's cube? Here a polyomino is considered as a set of orthogonally-adjacent cells of the same ...
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Polyominoes on a Rubik's cube

Is it possible to obtain a tetromino and a pentomino of different colour on each face of a standard 3x3x3 Rubik's cube?
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Solve this QR code riddle [duplicate]

This is the image for the riddle. Please solve this riddle. It's a jumbled QR code and you have to rearrange it and tell the link where after scanning it or the image after rearranging it. Hint: It's ...
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How to make a Rubik's Cube look like a die?

Is it possible to "solve" a Rubik's Cube (the original with 3x3 elements per side and six sides) to make it look like a die (each side showing a different die pattern from 1 to 6, opposite ...
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How to achieve a yellow cross on Rubik's cube from three yellow edges on the top layer?

I have finished the first and middle layers on a Rubik's cube and now I would like to complete the yellow cross on the third layer. Every instructions manual I have seen assures that there are one of ...
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Rubik's Cube: Corner stickers appear switched

My 8 year old son has a 3x3 Rubik's cube. He's had it for months and solved it many times. He has accidentally (or purposefully) flipped corners, but we've always been able to flip them back and ...
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Puzzle on a Rubik's Cube

The puzzle is as follows: Consider a solved Rubik's cube. Apply the move sequence M2 U M2 U2 M2 U M2 (Commonly known as the H-permutation in the cubing community). Is it possible to solve the cube ...
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Mix a 2x2 Rubik’s cube

What is the minimum number of 1/4 turns of a solved 2x2 Rubik’s cube, such that no face will have two tiles of the same color? (I do not have this puzzle’s solution.)
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Is it possible to calculate group 3's factor of 3 in Thistlethwaite algorithm?

https://www.jaapsch.net/puzzles/thistle.htm I'm trying to generate 29400 ($8C4^2 * 6$) indices for each one of the cube states in G2. $8C4^2$ = 4900 is for solving the corner and edge pieces (forming ...
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What is this 3x3x1 Rubik's cube with colored circles with colored borders?

My son got this from a friend: It seems to be some kind of 3x3x1 Rubik's cube. I am confused about the colours, however. It can be solved for the coloured rings, but not for the dots - I think. Does ...
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Barely Illegal Rubik's Cube State

(If you are not interested in the backstory, you can skip right to the picture.) At Most Complicated Illegal Partial State of Rubik’s Cube, user @happystar asks a very interesting question about ...
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Most Complicated Illegal Partial State of Rubik’s Cube

This puzzle is a follow-up for Does The Rubik’s Cube In This Painting Have A Solved State? What is the most complicated illegal “partial state” possible for a Rubik’s Cube? To be more specific: a ...
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Does the Rubik's Cube in this painting have a solved state?

This is an image of a Rubik's Cube I found in the Men's Toilets during the first day of a big Scrabble tournament. This position is impossible for the standard Rubik's Cube (White/Red/Blue opposite ...
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Rubik's Cube - How to swap 2 middle layer pieces, it can affect the top, but not the bottom

While solving with CFOP, I have the following situation. The bottom side is solved. On the front face, I have the left-center and right-center pieces swapped. How can I swap these pieces? I know ...
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Communication via a Rubik's cube

So, I watched The Promised Neverland recently and after exploring a little, I found out that Norman used a 5x5x5 Rubik's cube (aka a professor's cube) to communicate when he was held at the $\Lambda\...
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Is it possible to solve the Cube in a Cube in a Cube in a Cube state using its own algorithm on a 4x4?

So, I got curious if I could solve from the cube in a cube in a cube in a cube position to the solved state just using its own algorithm. This is the one I was using: B' 2R2 2L2 U2 2R2 2L2 B F2 R U' ...
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God's number for 4x4 cube [closed]

The God's number for the 3x3 cube is already established and proven to be 20 moves. Is there any higher bound computed for the 4x4 fewest move bound, via brute force computation algorithms.
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Name of Rubik's Cube position with swapped corners & centers

What is this Rubik's Cube setup called? I tried to swap the corners and centers of each side. Is there a name for this?
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1x1x1 Rubiks Cube Puzzle

The solved position of 1x1x1 Rubiks cubes as shown was shuffle rolled without moving outside the 4x4 puzzle grid. All cubes are similar with face opposite colors: red to magenta,green to yellow and ...
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How to fix swapped edges in a 5x5 rubik's cube

First time poster - I'm sorry if this is answered somewhere else, but I couldn't find it. I have a 5x5 Rubik's Cube in a similar situation to this previous post - entirely solved, except for a pair of ...
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Designing a new type of twisty puzzle

Recently, I was fiddling with my Rubik's cube and tried scrambling it only using R and U moves. I then tried to solve it using only R and U moves. I didn't use any cube rotations. It was an ...
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Two swapped edges [duplicate]

I have 4 solved sides and 2 swapped edges. For a visual example: yellow white, green and blue are solved, and the f2l for red and orange is done, as are the corners, but for red there is an orange ...
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is this 4x4 cube solvable? [duplicate]

Everything is in position except these two corners, but I can't seem to find a solution.
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How do I solve Ancient 3x3 Irregular Magic Cube

I recently bought this cube. Currently, it is jumbled. How do I solve it?
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Can you provide a hint on how to solve this Hex Cube puzzle?

I've been tackling this puzzle named "Hex Cube" which comes with the instructions "Can you decipher the message? You should be able to if you go back to basics and use a little bit of ...
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Way to calculate the total tetrad twist of a rubik's cube

I am working on an implementation of Thistlewaite's algorithm to solve a Rubik's cube and I am now facing the problem of tetrad twists. Thanks to this answer, I understand what they are and how they ...
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Rubik's Revenge: Double Parity

How do I solve this double parity? Can both be solved at once OR need to solve center parity first and then corner parity or vice versa
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Last layer, rotate 3 edges

Up until a few months ago I was happily solving my 4x4x4 cube, then, thanks to a medical thing, I've lost/forgotten a few algorithms. I've got all of them back except 1, rotating the last 3 edges. ...
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Can you solve this Rubik's cube from inside of it?

You have woken up to find yourself trapped in what appears to be a giant Rubik's cube. A Rubik's Cage I suppose. Bewildered, you take a look around (better video on imgur or just click the photo). ...
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Mathematical Proof of a Rubik’s Cube

Has it been proven (or disproven) that, from a solved state, there exists a number “x” for any algorithm, such that you can perform said algorithm x times to get back to a solved state. I feel like ...
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4x4x4 Error with single centre orientation

I have 4x4x4 with a pattern. It is possible to get a situation where one centre block needs to be rotated 90 degrees. I have seen only 2 other cases online, but neither have documented a concrete ...
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Rubik's M Slice Using Thumb

I've been cubing for a couple of years now, so I'm quite familiar with all the various finger tricks and different ways to move faces and slices. Most of the ones I came up with when I started were ...
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Algorithm for swapping all cube edges or corners cyclically (PLL)

What's the algorithm for this PLL case? In order words how can I swap the edges (or corners) in a cyclical way (like A or U perm, but with all edges or corners)?
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Rubik's Cube Photo Review

Recently, I saw this motivational picture (Clicky to embiggen): (source) Since I found the message somewhat confusing, I searched Google for more similar images. Can you tell what do all these ...
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Oriented Rubiks Cube 4x4 re-arrange center pieces

There are a lot solutions for oriented 3x3. They rotate all center pieces. I'm trying to solve oriented 4x4 with GabbasSoft Cube Demo. Luckily blue and green ...
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A rubik's cube that fights back

After the incidents of Skyfall, 007 remembered a quote Q had said when he was accessing Silva's Omega site : It's like solving a Rubiks cube that's fighting back. 007, intrigued by this statement, ...
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Do stickerless cubes provide speedsolvers with an advantage?

In July 2015 the World Cube Association changed their regulations to allow the use of stickerless puzzles in speed solving. I'm curious whether or not that event changed the sport somehow. Are some ...
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Multiple solutions for Rubik's cube?

I got a novelty cube at as swag at a convention once; it was like a normal cube, but with slogans written on the squares of the cube. If you solved the cube, you could read the slogan. This got me ...
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On The Subject of Rubik's Cube

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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Reapply *some* stickers on scrambled cube

I have this weird cube which have some pieces printed on the plastic and some are detachable. The cube was scrambled not solved and it fell on the floor being cheap cube almost all detachable faces ...
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Looking for an old Rubiks cube algorithm

I learnt rubiks cube before the YouTube days from a blog. I do not find the algorithm anymore online but it is something like White cross White corners (except one) Second layer corners (except one) ...
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Bad white face after white cross in rubik's cube

I have observed while making white face after white cross, if one of the white corner which is faced such that it's white face is towards the white cross, but the corner is corner is in wrong position,...
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Can I swap two "yellow" corners on the same side?

The bottom two layers are solved, and the cross has been formed on the bottom layer. I am putting the corners in, ready to orientate them correctly, but I have two corners which need swapping. (The ...
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Flip edge in Equator layer but there is yellow in every edge in top layer

A way to solve this is to replace the flipped edge by a random block , but in my case all random block have yellow color, so if I swap than yellow will come in middle layer, which should not come ...
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Brute-force solver for Gear Octahedron - flawed method?

I am working on a program to brute-force a LanLan Gear Octahedron I bought second-hand (and scrambled). I have no background in "cubing" and just fancied solving the problem. The structure comprises ...
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Randomly solving a rubik’s cube with only one face given

Given only one face of the rubik's cube, is there any way to form the other faces randomly so we end up with valid solvable configuration? Let’s suppose that I have an input which is only one face of ...
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What are the specific algorithms Feliks Zemdegs uses to solve a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube?

I apologise if this is not the right site to post this kind of question, but out of all SE sites this one yielded the most question concerning specific cubing algorithms (namely this, this, this, this ...
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Rubik's cube from solved to specific pattern

Say I don't want to solve Rubik's cube but I want the reverse: I'm having a solved Rubik's cube (all stickers in it's right position and orientation) and I want to go from this state to a specific ...
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How to get the final corners of a 4x4x4 in the correct position

I'm trying to solve a 4x4x4 rubiks cube. I've finished the middle and side pieces so I can solve it like a 3x3x3 but I'm stuck on the penultimate step - positioning the final corners. The instructions ...

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