7 Rubik's Cube Algorithms to Solve Common Tricky Situations

Updated on October 8, 2019
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I consider myself a master at Rubik's Cube. I've compiled a list of algorithms for when you get stuck in specific situations.

A List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms for When You Get Stuck

The Rubik's Cube is a widely popular mechanical puzzle that requires a series of movement sequences, or algorithms, in order to be solved. Many of you have likely watched the tutorial videos that teach you how to solve the cube, but don't know or cannot remember those long, boring algorithms. Therefore, I have created a handy cheat sheet of the algorithms that you can whip out at a moment's notice to solve the Rubik's Cube when you get stuck.

The Basic Movement Notations

Understanding the basic move notations are essential to understanding the algorithms. Each notation designates one of the cube layers that should be turned clockwise 90 degrees (or 1/4 of the way around the cube).

Standard notation for the cube is Up, Down, Right, Left, Face, and Back (U, D, R, L, F, B). These refer to the different layers of the cube. Remember, though, that the notations are all relative and are determined based on the cube's orientation. Face, for instance, refers to the layer that faces you when you hold the cube.

When the notation has an apostrophe (e.g., U'), that means you should move that layer counter-clockwise 90 degrees. See the full list of movement notations below.

Rubik's cube algorithms 3x3
Rubik's cube algorithms 3x3

This article does not teach you how to solve a Rubik's Cube from start to finish.

This is a list of very specific algorithms for specific situations where people commonly get stuck when trying to solve the Rubik's Cube. You should already know the basics, and only use these algorithms when you find yourself in the situations presented below.

List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms 3x3

Step
Algorithm
1. Getting the "white cross"
F' U L' U'
2a. First layer left corner
D L D' L’
2b. First layer right corner
D' R' D R
3a. Right edge piece placement
U R U' R' U' F' U F
3b. Left edge piece placement
U' L' U L U F U' F'
4. Getting the white cross without disrupting the rest of the cube
F R U R' U' F'
5. Solving third layer edge pieces
R U R' U R U U R'
6. Placing the third layer corner pieces
U R U' L' U R' U' L
7. Finishing the cube
R' D' R D
These are the algorithms that are necessary to solve the Rubik's Cube and the step in the process where they are used. For more detailed information on where and when to use these algorithms, see below.

Important Tip

If you don't arrive at the solution on the first try, continue doing the algorithm over and over again until you get there.

1. Getting the White Cross
1. Getting the White Cross

1. Getting the White Cross

The first step in solving the Rubik's Cube is to make the white cross. To match those colors up, perform the following sequence:

F' U L' U'

  1. Front inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Left inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees).

2. First Layer: Left and Right Corners
2. First Layer: Left and Right Corners

2. First Layer: Left and Right Corners

Left Corner

To get the left corner aligned, use the following algorithm:

D L D' L’

  1. Down (clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Left (clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Down inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Left inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)

Right Corner

To get the right corner, use the following algorithm:

D' R' D R

  1. Down inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Right inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Down (clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Right (clockwise 90 degrees)

3. Solving Edge-Piece Placement
3. Solving Edge-Piece Placement

3. Solving Edge-Piece Placement

Use the following algorithm to place the edge pieces and to complete the second layer. The side of the cube with the edge piece that needs to be rotated is going to be your Front (F). These algorithms are for two separate cases.

Right Edge-Piece Placement

When you need to move the edge piece to the right:

U R U' R' U' F' U F

  1. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Right inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  5. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  6. Front inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  7. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  8. Front (clockwise 90 degrees)

Left Edge-Piece Placement

When you need to move the edge piece to the left:

U' L' U L U F U' F'

  1. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Left inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Left (clockwise 90 degrees)
  5. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  6. Front (clockwise 90 degrees)
  7. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  8. Front inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)

4. Getting the White Cross Without Disrupting the Rest of the Cube
4. Getting the White Cross Without Disrupting the Rest of the Cube

4. Getting the White Cross Without Disrupting the Rest of the Cube

To make the white top cross without disturbing the rest of the cube, you should use the following algorithm:

F R U R' U' F'

  1. Front (clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Right Inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  5. Up Inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  6. Front Inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)

Problem 1

Use the algorithm three times when only the center color is white

Problem 2

Use the algorithm two times when there is a pattern that looks like an "L."

Problem 3

Use the algorithm once when there is a straight horizontal line.

5. Solving Third Layer Edge Pieces
5. Solving Third Layer Edge Pieces

5. Solving Third Layer Edge Pieces

For the following algorithm to work, the third, unsolved layer must be rotated until exactly one of its edges appears to be solved (i.e. it should look like the blue side in the example). This side of the cube (the side that looks exactly like the blue side in the example) should be your Front (F) as you perform the algorithm. You might have to go through the algorithm twice to solve the third layer edges; if this is the case, your Front face should be the same both times.

R U R' U R U U R'

  1. Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Right inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  5. Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
  6. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  7. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  8. Right inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)

6. Aligning the Third Layer Corner Pieces
6. Aligning the Third Layer Corner Pieces

6. Aligning the Third Layer Corner Pieces

The following algorithm is used to align the corner pieces in the third layer. The order in which the colors are aligned does not matter. When do this, the side that looks like the red side in the example should be your Face. The algorithm is:

U R U' L' U R' U' L

  1. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Left inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  5. Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
  6. Right inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  7. Up inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  8. Left (clockwise 90 degrees)

7. Aligning the Corners and Finishing the Cube
7. Aligning the Corners and Finishing the Cube

7. Aligning the Corners and Finishing the Cube

This last algorithm helps you to correctly place the aligned blocks in their correct position, one piece at a time. The side that looks like the red side in the example should be your Face. The algorithm is:

R' D' R D

  1. Right inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  2. Down inverse (counter-clockwise 90 degrees)
  3. Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
  4. Down (clockwise 90 degrees)

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      kay 

      2 weeks ago

      not very useful and specific

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      Hey 

      2 weeks ago

      I cant i am the worst at this

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      Rostislav 

      2 weeks ago

      you first need to make the daisy then align the petals with their center an turn it twice then it will match.

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      Oscar Wang 

      2 weeks ago

      It is literally the hardest game you'll ever play. I've been trying it at least 2000 times across 16 years and have never even came close to solving it at all.

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      nightspider 

      3 weeks ago

      I like this but I would like you to make a clear video on this.

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      Vaibhav chauhan 

      3 weeks ago

      I solved it in 45 sec

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      sreeharsha 

      6 weeks ago

      i did it last layer

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      ????????????? 

      7 weeks ago

      I am bad at Rubik Cubes so its hard. I keep trying, though.

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      Arpan 

      7 weeks ago

      Fastest solve is 35 seconds for me

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      inverted 

      8 weeks ago

      i got my red cross but two of my side pieces are not matching up.so when white and red side piece is aligned with red center piece, and white and orange side piece match orange center piece, then white and green side piece is in position with blue center piece, and white and blue side piece is in position with green center piece. not sure how this is happening or how to fix it.

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      Libin 

      8 weeks ago

      I need simple algrethem

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      Celia 

      2 months ago

      I don't get anything about Rubix's Cube, I can't solve mine! Literally

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      Why doesn't it work for me? 

      2 months ago

      Ok, so, I got my Rubik's Cube like 6 years ago and my mom shuffled it and I have been trying to fix it ever since and nothing works. I did the first step over and over again, I think like thirty times and I COULDN'T GET IT, maybe this just isn't the thing for me lol, but can someone please actually help me, and don't worry post at the top didn't work either and I did that like at least 25 times (6*25=150) I can't do this anymore xD!

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      Confused 

      2 months ago

      This is very confusing...where do we do the inverses and thing.

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      Dont Worry 

      2 months ago

      simple algorithm

      Right inverted, Down inverted, Right, Down

      repeat 6 times then should get ur rubik cube solved

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      Sid 

      2 months ago

      Thanks....helped me a lot

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      Choke Me Poppy 

      2 months ago

      First step doesn’t help been doing it over and over again with no success

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      Taylor 

      3 months ago

      this is very bad solver

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      Rookie 

      3 months ago

      Is this beginners method?

      It’s freaking slow

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      Name 

      3 months ago

      the third step was confusing

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      Nobody 

      3 months ago

      I made the cross of white

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      Ak dude 

      3 months ago

      Thanks

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      A random name 

      3 months ago

      I managed to solve the cube! Thx for the algorithm!

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      Under boss kid 

      4 months ago

      It was not helpful

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      Pratyaksh 

      4 months ago

      It is helpful

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      ur boi thanos 

      5 months ago

      I got to the 2nd layer then i'm confused

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      HSJA 

      5 months ago

      easy fam soooo easy

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      Melissa 

      5 months ago

      I was looking for ways to get faster and this eas very very helpful, Gracias.

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      Kelly Coral 

      7 months ago

      I was looking for a faster way to do it but this way isn't as helpful, it was also kind of confusing.

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      ark 

      7 months ago

      still dont understand how to make a cross

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      rain 

      7 months ago

      still don't know what the plan is

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      Amit 

      7 months ago

      Bottom layer solved, 2 layers solved,

      Stuk in 3rd layer, using above algorithms even top most layer solved but upper 3rd layer messed up what to do???

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      JB 

      9 months ago

      I dont understand the last step... the short algorithm one.

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      Harshit 

      9 months ago

      A lot of thanks to Rakshith MG

      These algorithms are awesome and I want to say also that please add the basic s also because it is a lot confusing in starting but it easier afterwards

      Again A lot of thanks to Rakshith MG

      P.S. What MG stands for .

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      shreyash 

      9 months ago

      which algorithm to solve. solve

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      Lizzy 

      9 months ago

      Omg this stuff is so confusing idk how anyone of you solved it

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      Brayden 

      9 months ago

      This really helped with notes and I finally learned how to solve a cube and I can get under 15 seconds now

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      ian 

      9 months ago

      this works after a month of me looking and learning how to i finished my speed cube or solved in 10 sec

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      Lupe 

      10 months ago

      I need help please.

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      Yet 

      10 months ago

      Confusing...

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      unknown 

      10 months ago

      i use cfop so my pb (personal best) is 19.44 sec and average around 29 sec

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      10 months ago

      Wtf this is not working fake

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      Jah-Sire 

      10 months ago

      Solved in 1min 9sec

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      IVALIU 

      10 months ago

      This site is so amazing!!!!!!

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      Michael 

      10 months ago

      Interesting stuff

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      cooper 

      10 months ago

      this aint fricken working

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      Apapapapaapa 

      10 months ago

      Not the easy way...But I still got it after a few times.

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      Can't tell my name 

      10 months ago

      Please someone post a video which is very easy to learn

      Nothing is going into my head

      Please

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      jeff 

      11 months ago

      solved in 1 min 2 sec

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      Jolene Johnson 

      11 months ago

      yah right

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      Harshil 

      11 months ago

      Can you tell what letter is what move.

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      RANJIT SINGH 

      11 months ago

      it work 100% .

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      lachlan 

      12 months ago

      i solved it in 1 minute and 12 seconds

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      12 months ago

      That’s not the only way

      Plus, it’s not the easy way

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      Fuck the haters 

      12 months ago

      Watch a video on the 3 layer method then come back and use this site this is not to learn how to solve a cube it is for if you kind of know the steps but don't know the algorithms. I just learned today only from one video and this site and I have already solved the cube multiple times, Im sorry but if you don't understand the cube yet you could have a certain disease called DUMBASSS!

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      3x3 

      12 months ago

      it is a good website 3x3 it's good website

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      Mohd kumail 

      12 months ago

      I want to learn how to solve rubiks cube is there anyone who can help me????

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      12 months ago

      Please help me

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      Viva an 

      12 months ago

      It didn’t work for my cube

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      Mags 

      13 months ago

      Really excellent site. Beats all the others.

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      anonymous 

      13 months ago

      Can u make a site like this for the 2x2?

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      good 

      13 months ago

      not yes

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      Kira Loudon 

      14 months ago

      I need help solving a rubik's cube guys. For some reason, My friend said the corners are mixed up and I can't solve it if the corners are mixed up.

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      Riley 

      14 months ago

      Is it that simpel .

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      Gggfh 

      14 months ago

      Dum it's so dumb and beast of a catalyst Hero never give the algorithms again is

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      Ur boy 

      14 months ago

      I can not be bothered and have no patience please help

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      Hey 

      14 months ago

      Ok so there’s two white crosses there should be a white cross and a yellow cross

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      MOFO 

      14 months ago

      What if you get a capital T on your final layer?

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      the one 

      15 months ago

      Step 7 is wrong. Looks like a deliberate troll to mess with people, which is too bad since the rest of the steps are correct and well described.

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      MOHAMMED YUSUF 

      15 months ago

      Good but in this put some finger moves also.keep it up

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      emmanuel 

      15 months ago

      i couldnt find any algorithm concerning the barrel cube...i already asked about this before pls those algorithms would be wonderful

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      Janpreet 

      15 months ago

      Easy peasy using the algo correctly

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      Niranjan 

      15 months ago

      I want to try it if it will be good. I will like it if it is good I will send to my friends.

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      unknown 

      15 months ago

      not usefull

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      My wigga 

      16 months ago

      When I see a scrambled cube I say in my head ya I can do this but then I think and I forgot a a rubix cube even is. 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      Ámáán 

      16 months ago

      My dream that i go in world championship of cube

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      i will not tell my name 

      16 months ago

      the 5th step isnt working for me LOL

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      fjgfiyfjgdhgxfh 

      16 months ago

      Show them The daisy trick. No need to for the first algorithm

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      Lola 

      16 months ago

      I dont get anything

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      Wilson Tom 

      16 months ago

      All my brothers i want to teach you

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      CDB 

      16 months ago

      Its works a treat

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      I dont know 

      16 months ago

      Nice soooo easy and very nice

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      Mat 

      17 months ago

      Its technically correct, but the last step is misleading, as you must do that algorithm twice instead of once. Then, once that corner is alligned, you rotate only the top layer, placig the next corner in the upper right, and continuing. Needs better explanation.

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      pollysherhanjojo 

      17 months ago

      its not working

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      Joey 

      17 months ago

      This really helped I forgot how to solve the top layer now I can do it really quickly thankyou

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      Rakesh chavan 

      17 months ago

      Super

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      hi 

      17 months ago

      it does not work at all

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      Ben 

      18 months ago

      I am a self taught learner, this is how I thought myself!

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      yourboi 

      18 months ago

      this doesn't work

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      HO 

      18 months ago

      IT WAS WRONG

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      ???? 

      18 months ago

      Its not working

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      srujan 

      18 months ago

      wonderful trick really working

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      jaja 

      19 months ago

      that was easy

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      Areeb 

      19 months ago

      Woooooow!that was amazing

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      Very nice presentation of notations with graphics !! 

      19 months ago

      These 7 steps works really good and very easy to memorized. You need to know basic knowledge of 3*3 cube. Learn it from Youtube, Master it and after mastering these method you better to switch to "Roux" for fast solving !!

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      Srinivas 

      19 months ago

      Just use grubiks the website it’s much better.

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      NONAME 

      19 months ago

      ... legit stupid. It doesn't work at all rn. At least have a tutorial or smth if it really works. otherwise, just solve the cross and be over with it

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      asshole 

      20 months ago

      all of u are idiots this works fine

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      Jl 

      20 months ago

      When I first bought the Rubik cube , I mixed it.up, does this article still helps me to solve it??

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      Dummm cuuuuuuuuuuuuuubbbbbeeee 

      20 months ago

      I sent one hole week and it still hasn't worked

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