7 Rubik's Cube Algorithms to Solve Common Tricky Situations

Updated on July 7, 2018
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following algorithm is used to align the corner pieces in the third layer. The order in which the colours 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

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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      Kelly Coral 

      2 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 

      2 months ago

      still dont understand how to make a cross

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      rain 

      2 months ago

      still don't know what the plan is

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      Jeff 

      2 months ago

      its horrible doesn't work impossible to follow

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      Alex 

      2 months ago

      I also do not understand the last step

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      JB 

      3 months ago

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

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      Harshit 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

      which algorithm to solve. solve

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      Lizzy 

      4 months ago

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

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      Brayden 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

      I need help please.

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      Yet 

      4 months ago

      Confusing...

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      unknown 

      4 months ago

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

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      4 months ago

      Wtf this is not working fake

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      Jah-Sire 

      5 months ago

      Solved in 1min 9sec

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      IVALIU 

      5 months ago

      This site is so amazing!!!!!!

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      Michael 

      5 months ago

      Interesting stuff

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      cooper 

      5 months ago

      this aint fricken working

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      Apapapapaapa 

      5 months ago

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

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      Can't tell my name 

      5 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 

      5 months ago

      solved in 1 min 2 sec

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      Jolene Johnson 

      6 months ago

      yah right

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      Harshil 

      6 months ago

      Can you tell what letter is what move.

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      RANJIT SINGH 

      6 months ago

      it work 100% .

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      lachlan 

      6 months ago

      i solved it in 1 minute and 12 seconds

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      6 months ago

      That’s not the only way

      Plus, it’s not the easy way

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      Fuck the haters 

      6 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 

      6 months ago

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

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      Mohd kumail 

      7 months ago

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

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      7 months ago

      Please help me

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      Viva an 

      7 months ago

      It didn’t work for my cube

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      Mags 

      7 months ago

      Really excellent site. Beats all the others.

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      anonymous 

      8 months ago

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

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      good 

      8 months ago

      not yes

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      Kira Loudon 

      8 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 

      8 months ago

      Is it that simpel .

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      Gggfh 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

      I can not be bothered and have no patience please help

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      Hey 

      9 months ago

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

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      MOFO 

      9 months ago

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

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      the one 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

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

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      emmanuel 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

      Easy peasy using the algo correctly

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      Niranjan 

      9 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 

      10 months ago

      not usefull

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      My wigga 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

      My dream that i go in world championship of cube

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      i will not tell my name 

      10 months ago

      the 5th step isnt working for me LOL

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      fjgfiyfjgdhgxfh 

      11 months ago

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

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      Lola 

      11 months ago

      I dont get anything

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      Wilson Tom 

      11 months ago

      All my brothers i want to teach you

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      CDB 

      11 months ago

      Its works a treat

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      I dont know 

      11 months ago

      Nice soooo easy and very nice

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      Mat 

      12 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 

      12 months ago

      its not working

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      Joey 

      12 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 

      12 months ago

      Super

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      hi 

      12 months ago

      it does not work at all

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      Ben 

      12 months ago

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

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      yourboi 

      12 months ago

      this doesn't work

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      HO 

      13 months ago

      IT WAS WRONG

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      ???? 

      13 months ago

      Its not working

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      srujan 

      13 months ago

      wonderful trick really working

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      jaja 

      13 months ago

      that was easy

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      Areeb 

      14 months ago

      Woooooow!that was amazing

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      Very nice presentation of notations with graphics !! 

      14 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 

      14 months ago

      Just use grubiks the website it’s much better.

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      NONAME 

      14 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 

      14 months ago

      all of u are idiots this works fine

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      Jl 

      15 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 

      15 months ago

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

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      ??? 

      15 months ago

      i can already solve it that way ,I went on this site to find a new way

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      Kj 

      15 months ago

      The last step confused me a lot but I was able to solved it later. It needs proper explanation.

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      Steven Daniel Moebes 

      15 months ago

      Thanks for all of your help today I am a good at finishing the Rubik cube!

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      Madhav Kandu 

      15 months ago

      The algorithm is exactly same with the one I usually apply but I'm in search of such a way to solve the cube within 30 seconds in which there are only a few steps...

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      Rip 

      15 months ago

      It didn’t work for me

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      Eliza 

      15 months ago

      i tried to do it but nothing happened. i tried all day but nothing. but it was good of you to do it for us tho! was good but not really efficient. but mainly, i did not get all sides filled.... so yeah. thanks tho!

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      cheese it 

      15 months ago

      I sat here for an hour trying to use these algorithms and let's just say this dude owes me a new tv

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      Rich 

      15 months ago

      Can you add the algorithms by Rubik's, please?

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      sriniket 

      15 months ago

      Rubik's cube is hard

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      eric rubik 

      15 months ago

      I can solve one in 10 seconds

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      Roman Terry 

      16 months ago

      What is perhaps most underestimated is learning the notation, the terms and how to correctly read the various sides. Any misunderstanding of which direction or layer your working on will throw the whole thing off....obviously...awe but is it so obvious?

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      cube maniac 

      16 months ago

      I am not getting the white cross, totally useless

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      Mel 

      16 months ago

      My first time with a Rubik on my hand. How I know what part of the cube is the front and which one is the up. It looks similar. Do I have to use the white center as the Up? if yes, then which color must be the left and which one the right??

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      I’m not telling my name 

      16 months ago

      Doesn’t work on scrambled cubes if you use that algorithm

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      oof 

      16 months ago

      i did the algorithm above the white cross never appeared

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      Unknown 

      16 months ago

      IT IS AMAZING

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      Eric Waddell 

      16 months ago

      It doesent work I spent the whole day

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      Helping Hand 

      16 months ago

      For the last step you have the cube you want to flip in the top right corner, then do the formula until it is fixed. The rest of the cube will look failed, but wait. Rotate the top layer so the next cube to be flipped is on the top right and repeat. Viola!

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      Aaron Lau KS 

      16 months ago

      I can solve a 3x3 in under 30 seconds and I wish I could help ٩( ᐛ )و

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      Joseph living ston 

      16 months ago

      Thank u for your for formula

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      Kiskk 

      16 months ago

      This works good you forgot to add a agorithm

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      Jake 

      16 months ago

      It does not work

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      Unknown 

      16 months ago

      I didn't even understand

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      Leilah J Zaheer 

      16 months ago

      It is nice and interesting doing concentration games on the ipad.

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      Harrison Wells 

      16 months ago

      I've test ran every single Algorithm and attempted to use them all, however it just seems that no matter how much or little effort I put into solving the cube was a failure. So I'm guessing that there are two things that are happening in my current situation. One is being that I just may or may not be able to even comprehend the complexity of these "simple" Algorithms. Two, I could possibly be overthinking these Algorithms which ultimately leads me to my failure of solving the Rubik's cube. So if anyone would like to respond and give me any advice on what I could do feel free to ask me.

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      Xavier patridge Mw 

      16 months ago

      this is far too easy steps to follow, i solved it, thanks for the help

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      Cyler 

      16 months ago

      Solving a Rubin's cube is fun and hard

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