I know what you’re thinking. What the hell does a Rubik’s Cube have to do with getting girls? It’s not a status symbol. She’s not going to magically rip off her clothes for you just because you’re holding a $5 piece of plastic. Women are attracted to men of quality. That can be power, money, knowledge, job, good looks, funny. We will use the Rubik’s Cube to increase our intellectual status among women. Intellect is a very hard quality to present to women. Most people obtain it through status such a having a high profession such as doctor or lawyer, or obtaining your PhD. If you don’t have a qualifier like that, then the only other way for a woman to think your smart is by getting to know you, listening to the way you talk or ability to solve problems. But we don’t always have time for that, so instead we will solve a Rubik’s Cube, which will make her think we are some kind of hidden genius.
The Rubik’s Cube has a place in our culture as the ultimate puzzle. The few who can actually solve it are looked at as a freak of nature. The complexity of the Rubik’s Cube comes from the 519,024,039,293,878,272,000 possible states it can fall into. Don’t let that number fool you. Using a Tier method, you can solve a Rubik’s Cube using only 6 algorithms (series of steps to solve a problem). Once you memorize these 6, you can solve a Rubik’s Cube in any state, in less then a few minutes. But in those few minutes, a woman’s impression of you will dramatically increase because you had done the impossible.
The Cube is built from smaller cubes, formed together to create a 3x3x3 cube. The cube has 12 edge pieces which show 2 colors each, 8 corner pieces which has 3 colors each, and 6 face pieces that only has one color. The face pieces never move and they will be used as reference points. White is opposite Yellow, Green is opposite Blue, and Red is opposite Orange.
We will give each side of the cube its own name for reference. The name is in accordance to how you are looking at it at the present time. Front (F), Back (B), Right (R), Left (L), Up (U), Down (D).
You can turn any side clockwise or counter clockwise. When we want to turn a side clockwise we will refer to that side. If we want to turn that side counter clockwise we will call that inverted. For example Right and Right Inverted.
Right Inverted (Counter Clockwise)
Left Inverted (Counter Clockwise)
Up Inverted (Counter Clockwise)
Step 1: Solve one side
The first step is easy, you need to solve one side of the cube. I always choose green first. Turn to the side of the green face. We are going to solve the green sides first and make a cross. Notice the Green/Yellow edge on the upper right. We can put that in place by doing a U, L, FI.
Next we will move the Green/Orange edge into place by F, U, FI.
Next we will be moving the Green/White edge. Do a F, BI, D, R, FI and the 3rd edge is in place.
The final Green/Red edge is on the down back side, so turning the cube B, R, R, will put our final edge in place creating the cross.
Now that we have the green cross we will go about solving the green corner pieces. We are lucky and the Green/Orange/White corner is already in place. To solve a corner piece you must first move the corner into the correct position. Rotate the cube so that the Green cross is on the upper side. Notice the Green/Orange/Yellow corner on the Bottom Right side. We need to move that corner to the bottom right of Green, Orange, and Yellow. First rotate the cube to the orange face followed by a B move to place the piece in the proper position.
Now that the Green/Orange/Yellow corner is in place repeat the following algorithm RI, D, R, DI until the corner is in place. In this case we only had to do it once.
The Green/Red/White corner piece is already in place so rotate the cube to the red face and repeat the RI, D, R, DI algorithm until that block is in place.
The last corner is the Green/Yellow/Red corner. First rotate the cube to the yellow face and then do a BI turn to place the corner in the correct position and repeat the algorithm.
We had to repeat the algorithm a few times but it eventually found its place. Congratulations you have completed Tier One. Turn the cube over so green is on the bottom, we are finished with that side. Notice that you now have a pyramid of
Step 2: Right / Left Algorithims
Left: UI, LI, U, L, U, F, UI, FI
Right: U, R, UI, RI, UI, FI, U, F.
Spin the cube around looking at each edge cube. Find one that belongs on the Second Tier. I have one on the red face, that is a Red/White edge. The Red/White edge needs to go Left so we will do the Left algorithm UI, LI, U, L, U, F, UI, FI
The next block we will be moving is the Orange/White edge. Do a U, U to match the white edge to the white face. This block needs to go to the Left so again we will do the left algorithim.
As we look around the top, the only block we can move is the Yellow/Red edge piece. Rotate that into position and this time we will goto the Right.
The last piece to put into place on Tier 2 is the Orange/Yellow edge. It is already in the correct position so we do a Left algorithm and Tier 2 is solved.
Step 3: Form a Cross
When you have completed the 2nd Tier, the Blue squares will form one of three patterns. An L Shape, a Center line, or a cross. If it is an L Shape, put the L toward the Top Left.
If it is a Center line, rotate the cube so the line is horizontal to you. Now perform the Cross Algorithm, F, R, U, RI, UI, FI. This algorithm will cycle between all three until you have a cross. In our example we already have a cross so we can skip this step.
Step 4: Match up the Blue Middle Squares
Once you achieve a cross, at least 2 of the 4 edge pieces will match up. Rotate the top until you found which two. In our case it is the Blue/White edge and Blue/Orange edges that match up. Rotate the top piece to match and then rotate the cube so that one of the matching edge is to the rear and the other matching edge is to the right. Perform the following algorithm to place all four edge pieces into place, R, U, RI, U, R, U, U, RI, U
Step 5: Move the Blue Corner Pieces Into Their Correct Positions
The only thing left to do is put the corners into place. Look for a corner that is already in the proper place. Orientation is not important right now. Our Yellow/Orange/Blue corner is in the correct position so we will start with that. Whichever corner you find, orient the cube so that corner is in the Top Right side closest to you. Perform this algorithm U, R, UI, LI, U, RI, UI, L until all the other corners are in the correct position. You may have to repeat several times and again we only care about position, not that it is placed properly.
I only had to repeat the algorithm twice before all corners are in their correct position.
Step 6: Orient The Blue Corners
The Blue/Red/White corner on the upper left is already correct leaving 3 more corners we need to put into place. The last algorithm is simply RI, D, R, DI repeated until the corner is in place.
I only repeated the algorithm twice to get the corner correct. Now hold on, the cube is jacked up. You are correct, but this is part of the solution. Rotate just the top piece to the next corner you need to solve and repeat the RI, D, R, DI until that corner is in place.
We have one final corner to solve, bring it to the Top Right, and repeat the algorithm
Rotate the top into position, and congratulations, you have solved a Rubik’s cube,
To recap what we did,
Step 1: Solve the Green side first
Step 2: Use the Left and Right algorithm to solve the second Tier
Left Algorithm: UI, LI, U, L, U, F, UI, FI
Right Algorithm: U, R, UI, RI, UI, FI, U, F
Step 3: Use the Cross algorithm to create a cross
Cross Algorithm: F, R, U, RI, UI, FI
Step 4: Match each of the four blue middle squares.
4 Middle Squares: R, U, RI, U, R, U, U, RI, U
Step 5: Move the corner pieces into their correct positions
Move the Corners: U, R, UI, LI, U, RI, UI, L
Step 6: Orient the corners
Corner Orientation: RI, D, R, DI
And there you have it, a difficult problem solved in a short few steps.