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Twisty puzzles consist of a set of pieces which can be manipulated into different combinations by a group of operations. Use this tag for puzzles similar to the archetype of combination puzzles, the Rubik's cube.

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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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How can I switch 2 yellow corners that are on the same face of a 3x3 cube?

How can I switch these two corners?
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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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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 ...
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Help with the name of this puzzle

When I was cleaning my basement I found one puzzle that my father gave me when I was a child. I really want to know the name of it! Could someone help me? The puzzle consist in 4 disks, and each ...
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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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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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Peeled Rubik's Cube

Help! A [toddler / pet / washing machine] has peeled some of the stickers off my old off-brand Rubik's Cube. Can you still solve it and show me the result?
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What is the name (and brand / year) of this puzzle?

First a bit of background. I'm a collector of twisty puzzles. I've been collecting them for almost 3.5 years now. Here is my current collection of 209 puzzles. As you may be able to tell by the ...
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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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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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How do I memorize parity algorithms for higher-order Rubik's cubes?

I know how to solve a Rubik $4\times4\times4$ or $5\times5\times5$ or bigger, but I have problem with a specific algorithm: the parity error. What's the shortest parity algorithm for $n\times n\times ...
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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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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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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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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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Algorithm to make two scrambled Rubik's cubes be exactly the same on all faces

There are millions of Rubik's cube combinations possible. If I have two 3×3 Rubik's cubes and both are scrambled, I want to make one scrambled cube exactly the same as the other without solving them. ...
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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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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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Is there a standard name for this 2 look PLL algorithm?

I'm currently learning 2-look PLL and came across this PDF with some algorithms. I went through and gave names to the algorithms just so they'd be easier to remember and refer to, but got stuck on ...
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Help with solving 5x5 sub-centers inside 11x11x11 Rubik's cube -- errors in guide book

[companion question here] I was given an 11x11x11 Rubik's cube as a gift. It came with a guide book that I have been following to solve the cube. I have solved four of the 9x9 sub-centers of the cube,...
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Help with solving 7x7 sub-centers inside 11x11x11 Rubik's cube -- errors in guide book

[companion question here] I was given an 11x11x11 Rubik's cube as a gift. It came with a guide book that I have been following to solve the cube. After solving four of the 9x9 sub-centers of the cube,...
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