How to Solve a Rubik's Cube

If you're ready to throw that colored cube of frustration against a wall, this guide will help you solve the brain-twisting puzzle before you blow a fuse.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Check out Rubiks.com Check out the official web site at rubiks.com for a list of 11 algorithms to help you move any square on the cube from one place to another.
  • Step 2: Form a cross Form a cross on the top or white face of the cube by lining up the six white squares through the center square in both directions.
  • TIP: The center squares of each side never move and will tell you what color that side needs to be.
  • Step 3: Finish the white face Finish the white face while focusing on the layer below it -- twist the top layer to align the colors for each side.
  • Step 4: Solve the middle layer Solve the middle layer, which only has four edge pieces with two colors each, since the middle squares don't move using any of the algorithms.
  • Step 5: Complete the last layer and bottom Complete the last layer and the yellow face on the bottom by starting with the corners that contain a yellow square and two other colors.
  • TIP: The last layer is the most difficult and will require several algorithms to position everything correctly and solve.
  • Step 6: Position corners Position the four corners before moving them into their solved locations by following the algorithms.
  • Step 7: Finish cube Finish the cube using the last algorithms and moving the edge pieces with a yellow side and one other color into the correct spot.
  • FACT: While the Rubik's cube has 54 faces, it has only 20 pieces that need to be solved since many sides are linked together.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Rubik's cube
  • Good memory
  • Quiet room

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