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

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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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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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How do I solve this F2L case quickly?

I have been unable to find a solution for this F2L case. It takes about 3 seconds to do, and I do it really slowly. Basically, the F2L case is solved, but the edge is inverted. The way I do it right ...
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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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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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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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Rubik's cube swapping edge pieces middle layer diagonal

I was wondering if any one knew how to swap 2 diagonal edge pieces. Assume the white squares don't matter. Image generated on https://ruwix.com/online-rubiks-cube-solver-program/
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How can I swap opposite corners on the same face of a 2x2 cube?

I've been experimenting with using Y-permutations to solve the 2x2 cube as described here. I ended up with the cube solved but for a single face where the opposite corners were swapped and disoriented....
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Is solving the Rubik's cube face by face even possible?

Many methods, if not all, recommend solving it layer by layer, but is it actually possible to solve it face by face? If so, explain how you would do this, if not, prove it impossible.
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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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Best cubing algorithm to learn after beginner's

I'm a new fan of cubing. I've recently bought a speed cube and for now I have only mastered the beginner's method and solve it in barely a minute and a half (which is way over what a speedcuber is ...
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Can a Rubik's cube be put in a position not solvable by Fridrich's algorithm?

I think today I have faced a bug on rubik's cube. As it should be, I followed the steps Cross and then F2L, instead of OLL algorithms, I used R'FRF' and three corner swapping moves to complete last ...
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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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What's wrong with this parity?

Here you see my Rubik's $10\times10\times10$ I don't know how to solve this using an algorithm, also the same thing happens to my $6\times6\times6$. What algorithm should I use? (The whole cube is ...
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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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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 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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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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Where can I buy a 4x4 Ghost Cube?

I have the standard 3x3 Ghost Cube, and I would like to get more sizes. On this page on ruwix.com there is an image for 2x2 through 7x7 Ghost Cubes, but I can't figure out where I can buy them. Does ...
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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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One Hundred Prisoners and a Rubik's Cube

Say there are 100 perfectly intelligent prisoners (who don't have incredibly good memories) who are jailed for life (and also live eternally). The warden decides to play a game with them. There is a ...
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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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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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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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How to get started in speedcubing?

I learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube with the normal beginner method. Now I wanted to know how to get from this to speedcubing. Is speedcubing just executing the steps really fast? I don't think so. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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How to Flip Adjacent Edges like this

Only these two edges are misplaced. Any algorithm to solve this?
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One corner rotated in 4x4x4

I know that in a 3x3x3 this should never happen (unsolvable state), but is the same true in a 4x4x4? (the rest of the cube is solved) The following answer seems to say that everything about the ...
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One Edge Piece Faced The Wrong Way

What is the minimum number of turns needed to solve a rubik's cube with one edge piece faced the wrong way on the 3rd layer? Example
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Rubik cube - the second cross [duplicate]

I don't know what I should do. My cube has some inverted faces (it is the Japanese format).
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How to “pop one out” on a Rubik's Cube?

I am trying to follow this tutorial for solving a Rubik's Cube: https://ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube/how-to-solve-the-rubiks-cube-beginners-method/. Step two says, among other things: If the white ...
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Is there a Rubik's scramble generator for the top layer only?

I want to practice solving the last layer, but the online scramblers I've seen are full cube only. Is there a Rubik's scramble generator for the top layer only?
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Rubik's cube's face into date

Solve this Rubik's cube's face into date For puzzle masters who can not see pictures / color blind ...
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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 learnt that there are three phases involved in solving a gear cube, the first being the corners. In EVERY video I watched, when they get two of a layer's corners to match, the other two are ...
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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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