I'm posting this here because I'm a somewhat known speedcuber and I wanted to share this with you, my friends, but also because I put an easter egg in this strip that only speedcubers would recognize. Enjoy:
Duckie Buys a Haunted House
R2 S' R2' U' S2' U' R2 S' R2'
This is a fun one! An S2 move that actually works. Enjoy! :)
Special thanks to Wong Chong Wen for the alg.
Cube: Shengshou Aurora
Music used with kind permission from Devin Townsend
Not difficult cases to perform intuitively, but these rotationless solutions are short and sweet. Enjoy!
Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t0xHjes3sw
M U' R U M' U R'
R U S' R' U R S R'
r' U L' U' r U' L
R' F R' F' R U' R
For the first case, I...
Sometimes raw practice isn't enough. A golfer or bowler benefits from lifting weights. A poker player benefits from attempting to sell kitchen knives to unsuspecting housewives. Etc.
In my case, I just couldn't seem to own all 6 color schemes backward and forward for purposes of spotting a...
One of these turns up almost every solve. Here is not an exhaustive list, but it shows several different approaches to the case:
M U' R' F R U M'
R B L U' L' B' R'
M' U R U' r' U' R U R'
r U R B' R' U' r'
R U' R' r U' r' U2 r U r'
L' U L (F R U2' R' F')...
Setup: L U L' U L' U' L F U F'
Insert both pairs, and post your solution! Fun!
Edit: Obfuscated the setup, posted more (harder?) cases:
Setup: B U2 B' R' F R' U' F' R U R2 U'
Setup: F2 L F R' F' L' R F2 U'...
How did I arrive at the opening move of Petrus? Well, I had just pushed through months of strictly color-neutral CFOP solves and felt that the conventional wisdom about taking a break was wise. I didn't so much as hold a cube in my hands for a week, but then I got restless. Everything I had...
Cubers adopt a new algorithm or even a whole new system from time to time, but few of us can stomach the setback that color neutral imposes on our familiar and comfortable speedsolve. It wrecks it, and it doesn't get better for a quite a while, and for what? That period of discomfort is why...
If you're like me and don't use edge control, don't bring a knife to a gunfight with the dot cases--get rid of that AUF! Not only does it remove costly U turns, but you'll find that it actually enhances recognition of the case.
Everyone else, there's four to choose from...take what you want...
Modern F2L Edge Inserts (video and user submissions)
Don't neglect these cases just because you know intuitive F2L...the BL case was killing me before I found something to fight back with! And as I've said before, x' is your friend. It gives you a free peek at the B layer.
This was inspired by the Race to Full OLL thread which is currently looking at OLL 55.
These were always troubling cases for me until I found near-optimal algs and worked out a good finger flow. Enjoy!
OLL 56: r U r' U R U' R2' r U R U2 r'
OLL 55: r U2 R' U' M (R U R' U') r U' r'
UPDATE: 29, August, 2011
New video, 2nd case of three.
Again, the alternative is a cube rotation and pair construction--ouch! Intuitively, everything is wrong with this case, so here we go with the algorithmic move-count fix:
FR - r U' R' U R U r'
FL - R' F r U' r' F' R
BR - r' U R U'...
Backhanded OH flicks are changing what it means to be a "good alg."
Does it really look like a Galaxian? Does any OLL really look like anything? But it did put me in the mind of it, and I'm not the first person to name it such, so.
OLL 30: x' U' R' U L' U' R2 U' R' U2 r
OLL 29: f R U R2 U' R'...
This is for CFOP F2L
(F U R U') R' F' (R U' R')
z U' R' U R2 U' R' U R U' R' U
R2 U2 R U R' U R2
z U2 (R2 U') (R' U R' U2)
Cute, and fun to execute. If you find that these mess with your look-ahead, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater--they are still viable for final pair...
This one is a doozy! I have always hated the "standard" algorithm, so I've been trying a lot of different things for this case. One day Joël van Noort posted this interesting alg:
F' R U2 r' U F2 U' r U2 R' F
I tricked it out a little, and the final version is this:
(F' R U2 r' d) R2 U'...
I want one of these things:
Hobbyists call it ‘having China on your desktop.’
Jay Leno has something like this in garage and he prints replacement parts for his car collection. The possibilities are limitless...
Naturally the first...
The dreaded headlights! This is the "standard" algorithm, but tricked out with grips that make it fast and fun!
Here is the alg with overshoot/undershoot guides included:
R2+ D- (R'+ U'2-) (R- D'+ R'-) U2- R'
That first U'2 is tricky. Hint: Counterbalance the cube by briefly placing your left...