# Questions tagged [rubiks-cube]

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### What is the best method of scrambling a rubik's cube?

If I wanted to solve a physical Rubik's cube multiple times, for practice, what is the best, most random way, to scramble the solved cube? The best way I can think is to hold it behind my back and ...
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### Turn 4x4x4 Rubik's Cube into 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube

I have a 4x4x4 Rubik's Cube, but all I want is a normal 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube. Luckily, I also have an unlimited supply of small pieces of tape. Each piece of tape can cover the face of two neighbouring ...
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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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### Why does the 4x4 Rubik's cube have parity cases, while the 3x3 does not?

I'm a little uncertain as to why these two parity situations occur on the 4x4 Rubik's cube. The first parity case that can occur is this one, where an edge is simply flipped upside down: The ...
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### Why is a single-corner twist not a valid position on a Rubik's cube?

For those of you familiar with the solution to the Rubik's cube, you will know that a single-corner twist is not a valid position. It can neither be attained by scrambling, nor can it be solved if it ...
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### Rubik's Chess Puzzle

This puzzle is part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge - "Unconventional Tag Fusion". Last week I found out that Puzzle Prime Co. have invented new type of puzzle - Rubik's Chess. The goal is simple -...
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### How many cubes can we fit in?

You have a bag with many 3x3 Rubik's cubes . After solving all but one of them, you decide to play a new game. You take the unsolved cube, and start placing solved ones around it. The question: What ...
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### Will tiles on a solved rubik's cube always be in the same position?

When a rubik's cube is solved, will the tiles always be in the same position? For example, if you were to write the number 1-9 on one of the sides before scrambling it, will the numbers always be in ...
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### Is it possible to scramble a Rubik's cube such that no two squares of the same color are touching?

My friend always insists on scrambling my Rubik's cube "perfectly" before giving it to me to solve. According to his definition, a "perfect" scramble must have no three of the same color touching (...
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### How do I become a sub-30 cuber?

I am a sub-50 cuber right now. I am currently using the Fridrich method, I take about 2-5 secs to solve the cross and I am learning the 21 PLL algorithms. I am learning one or two PLL every day. I am ...
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### Is it possible to use one sequence of moves to solve the Rubik's cube from any position?

Is there a sequence of moves that can be repeated over and over again which can solve any legal position the Rubik's Cube? If so what is it, and if there's more than one, what's the shortest? If not, ...
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### What is the maximum “minimum number of steps” needed to solve a rubiks cube?

If an algo X outputs the minimum "number of moves" (not the actual moves, just their count) to solve an input configuration, what's the maximum number ...
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### Rubik's cube two-person game

I will define the game as follows: There are two players, the "Solver" and the "Unsolver". The Solver's goal is to return the cube to it's standard solved state. Likewise, the Unsolver's goal is to ...
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### What is the most efficient method to solve a Rubik's cube?

I know there are several different standard methods to solve a Rubik's cube, some easier, some more straightforward. It is known that the minimum number of moves to guarantee a solution is 20. Which ...
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### Where is my girlfriend?

Well, I'm really, really sorry to everyone who has spent time trying to tackle this puzzle. I made a HUGE mistake in the presentation. I honestly don't know how I managed to make a mistake this big, ...
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### How many distinct unsolvable Rubik's cubes exist?

I wanted to answer this question: Why can't I have only one edge piece flipped on a 3X3 Rubik's cube? by saying that it is homomorphic to the illegal state in this question: Why is a ...
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### Rubic cube's face into date

Solve this rubic cube's face into date For puzzle masters who can not see pictures / color blind ...
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### Rubik's cube without any algorithms

I am learning to solve a Rubik's cube using some algorithms (I don't completely understand why they work). I had a Rubik's cube when I was little and I remember solving it 2-3 times without using any ...
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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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### How to determine if a Rubik's Cube is sufficiently scrambled?

Once I solve a Rubik's Cube I obviously want to start again. I just scramble it until it seems to be enough; however, sometimes when I then solve it, I can skip entire steps from the beginner's method....
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### Flip edge in Equator layer

If you use the Beginners' Method to solve the Rubik's cube, and solve the equator layer (the layer between the U-layer and D-layer), it can happen that one of the edges is flipped, like this: ...
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### How many solvable permutations of the Rubik's cube exist where each color appears at least once on every side?

Every now and then, scrambling my Rubik's cube I find it in a state where every side has at least one tile in each of the six colors. For example here's a scramble I just did (obviously put through a ...
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### What is the Official notation on rubik's revenge(4x4)?

When solving a 4x4 cube you have specific notation to inner and outer lines, like R = Clockwise outer right and r = Clockwise ...
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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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### 5x5x5 Rubik's Cube Smiley

I did some turning on my 5x5x5 Rubik's Cube and I now have the cube like on the image below. 4 times a smiley -_- and 2 times a solved plane. But I have no idea how ...
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