Hi, I’m back after a very long hiatus from the forum. I’m thinking of posting pictures of my cube collection
So, I’m very familiar with the reduction method, it’s my default for 4x4 and up. But I thought of solving my 5x5, which turns much more smoothly than my smaller cubes, using a LBL(layer...

I have all but 1 piece in the middle layer solved. But I seem to have run into some kind of parity for a lack of a better term. The only side that my last middle layer piece is flush with is 180 degrees away from where it needs to go. I’ve tried using the middle layer algorithm as though it’s...

So, I have gotten to the point where I am almost done with the 4x4 solve. But, there are 2 edges that need switching. And they aren't the front and back edge switch that I easily find algorithms for, these are diagonal edges. I looked up diagonal edge switch algorithms and immediately got one...

Black powder in the cube?
I have had a piece pop out of my 4x4 twice(It wasn't the same piece that popped out though). I always wash my hands after I put the piece back in correctly.
But anyway I get this smooth black powder on my hands after putting the piece back in and not after solving...

Opposite colors adjacent on 4x4?
The white lower left center piece says Rubiks Revenge. I am on the edge pairing step of solving the cube but I have this green blue edge which I believe is not supposed to be there. I have blue yellow edge pieces, blue red edge pieces, blue orange edge pieces...

Figuring out the best way to solve a cube in the fewest possible moves
I know that for some patterns like the checkerboard it is easy to get it to the pattern and then back to a solved state in less than God's Number. Specifically 12 moves for the checkerboard.
I know that for some like the...

cube in a cube in a cube not reversible?
I succesfully did a cube in a cube in a cube by watching RedKB's video on the cube in a cube in a cube and doing the algorithm.
I then tried doing the algorithm a second time and it got my cube into a completely scrambled state, not a cube in a cube...

I already know how the cube works from my hundreds of LBL solves. I also have a good memory so the 100 or so CFOP algorithms shouldn't pose a problem as long as I know the notation(like Dw meaning both bottom layers) and have an internet connection in case I forget one of the algorithms.

Will CFOP speed up my LBL?
I know that LBL is my primary method for solving any size cube but especially 3x3 cubes.
I also know that CFOP is an overall faster method even though it has more algorithms than LBL.
And I know that most speedcubers that use LBL are fast because of learning...

3x3 clicking while turning
I have a Rubik's 3x3. It clicks while it turns and it doesn't corner cut well and doesn't reverse corner cut at all.
It was like this right when I got it as a Christmas present.
I think the clicking while turning means it needs some lube but I don't have any...

Well how come the algorithm worked for you but for me I had to add an R' at the very end for it to work?
And yes I know that but since I didn't want to change sides I looked at every face of the cube from the front and for the B face if I look at it from the front clockwise is counterclockwise...

I have tried several times to get the superflip knowing that for the B face what looks clockwise is counterclockwise. I did this algorithm without changing sides or anything:
U R2 F B R B2 R U2 L B2 R U' D' R2 F R' L B2 U2 F2
This is the superflip algorithm. I never get the superflip when I do...

The OLL and PLL of white and middle sides is supposed to work like this:
Get all white pieces in top layer
Orient and permute them
Get all green pieces on green side
Orient and permute them(orientation messes up white, permutation fixes white)
Do the same for the other 3 middle...

Well I have not had any success so far because I have not yet found a way to do OLL and PLL of the 4 middle sides without messing up the white but still getting the same outcome.

OLL, PLL to solve whole cube
Is it possible to do OLL and PLL of white layer and then OLL and PLL of each middle side to solve the whole cube so that the yellow side is solved at the same time the middle sides are solved?
If so than that means these as advantages:
less algorithms
get to...

what I often do is first the algorithm that has rotations without rotations(I mean if the Z and X axes are both horizontal how do you know which is X and which is Z plus when I do a y rotation so that yellow becomes my F side I never get it in the right spot), do as many algorithms that have...

I did my F2L and OLL correctly. No other pieces are swapped on the cube. It started off in a solved state and then I scrambled it to a checkerboard pattern. When I got to the OLL I had one of those big lightning bolt cases. I did the algorithm for that and a 4 perm + corner swap has resulted.

yeah you can solve the whole cube using the sexy move even from the first layer to the middle layer to the last layer.
I now have a case that rubiksplace.com does not have in their PLL cases.
My edges are in a position such that the permutation is in the shape of a 4 no matter what side you...

Hi, I’m back after a very long hiatus from the forum. I’m thinking of posting pictures of my cube collection
So, I’m very familiar with the reduction method, it’s my default for 4x4 and up. But I thought of solving my 5x5, which turns much more smoothly than my smaller cubes, using a LBL(layer...

I have all but 1 piece in the middle layer solved. But I seem to have run into some kind of parity for a lack of a better term. The only side that my last middle layer piece is flush with is 180 degrees away from where it needs to go. I’ve tried using the middle layer algorithm as though it’s...

So, I have gotten to the point where I am almost done with the 4x4 solve. But, there are 2 edges that need switching. And they aren't the front and back edge switch that I easily find algorithms for, these are diagonal edges. I looked up diagonal edge switch algorithms and immediately got one...

Black powder in the cube?
I have had a piece pop out of my 4x4 twice(It wasn't the same piece that popped out though). I always wash my hands after I put the piece back in correctly.
But anyway I get this smooth black powder on my hands after putting the piece back in and not after solving...

Opposite colors adjacent on 4x4?
The white lower left center piece says Rubiks Revenge. I am on the edge pairing step of solving the cube but I have this green blue edge which I believe is not supposed to be there. I have blue yellow edge pieces, blue red edge pieces, blue orange edge pieces...

Figuring out the best way to solve a cube in the fewest possible moves
I know that for some patterns like the checkerboard it is easy to get it to the pattern and then back to a solved state in less than God's Number. Specifically 12 moves for the checkerboard.
I know that for some like the...

cube in a cube in a cube not reversible?
I succesfully did a cube in a cube in a cube by watching RedKB's video on the cube in a cube in a cube and doing the algorithm.
I then tried doing the algorithm a second time and it got my cube into a completely scrambled state, not a cube in a cube...

I already know how the cube works from my hundreds of LBL solves. I also have a good memory so the 100 or so CFOP algorithms shouldn't pose a problem as long as I know the notation(like Dw meaning both bottom layers) and have an internet connection in case I forget one of the algorithms.

Will CFOP speed up my LBL?
I know that LBL is my primary method for solving any size cube but especially 3x3 cubes.
I also know that CFOP is an overall faster method even though it has more algorithms than LBL.
And I know that most speedcubers that use LBL are fast because of learning...

3x3 clicking while turning
I have a Rubik's 3x3. It clicks while it turns and it doesn't corner cut well and doesn't reverse corner cut at all.
It was like this right when I got it as a Christmas present.
I think the clicking while turning means it needs some lube but I don't have any...

Well how come the algorithm worked for you but for me I had to add an R' at the very end for it to work?
And yes I know that but since I didn't want to change sides I looked at every face of the cube from the front and for the B face if I look at it from the front clockwise is counterclockwise...

I have tried several times to get the superflip knowing that for the B face what looks clockwise is counterclockwise. I did this algorithm without changing sides or anything:
U R2 F B R B2 R U2 L B2 R U' D' R2 F R' L B2 U2 F2
This is the superflip algorithm. I never get the superflip when I do...

The OLL and PLL of white and middle sides is supposed to work like this:
Get all white pieces in top layer
Orient and permute them
Get all green pieces on green side
Orient and permute them(orientation messes up white, permutation fixes white)
Do the same for the other 3 middle...

Well I have not had any success so far because I have not yet found a way to do OLL and PLL of the 4 middle sides without messing up the white but still getting the same outcome.

OLL, PLL to solve whole cube
Is it possible to do OLL and PLL of white layer and then OLL and PLL of each middle side to solve the whole cube so that the yellow side is solved at the same time the middle sides are solved?
If so than that means these as advantages:
less algorithms
get to...

what I often do is first the algorithm that has rotations without rotations(I mean if the Z and X axes are both horizontal how do you know which is X and which is Z plus when I do a y rotation so that yellow becomes my F side I never get it in the right spot), do as many algorithms that have...

I did my F2L and OLL correctly. No other pieces are swapped on the cube. It started off in a solved state and then I scrambled it to a checkerboard pattern. When I got to the OLL I had one of those big lightning bolt cases. I did the algorithm for that and a 4 perm + corner swap has resulted.

yeah you can solve the whole cube using the sexy move even from the first layer to the middle layer to the last layer.
I now have a case that rubiksplace.com does not have in their PLL cases.
My edges are in a position such that the permutation is in the shape of a 4 no matter what side you...