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[Help Thread] First FMC solve

Feb 21, 2019
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So I recently learnt FMC methods from the Speed cubing review channel and after some days of contemplation, I thought to give it a try. Here is my solve.

Scramble : R' U' F D L F2 U' B2 U L2 U R2 U' F2 L2 B2 D2 L' U' L2 B' D2 L2 U2 R' U' F'

Pre-move : D'
2x2x2 block : R' F D2 F'
3x2x2 ext : D' R D
F2L-1 with NISS : U' R' U2 R2
F2L with EO on normal scramble: U R U R' U R' F R F'
LL with ZBLL : U2 R D' U R2 U R' U' R' U R' U2 D R'

So Final solution : R' F D2 F') D' R D) U R U R' U R' F R F') U2 R D' U R2 U R' U' R' U R' U2 D R U2 R U) D'

I would really appreciate some constructive feedback. Also I don't really understand how to effectively do LL in FMC, I know what commutator and conjugates are and how they work, but I don't know how to use them.
Also I would love to know which algs I should know that give good insertions.

PS I actually don't know ZBLL, and I kind of cheated by looking up the alg. But I hope your feedback will help me improve.

PPS Also I noticed that FMC solves are written differently on the forum. Can someone tell me how the protocol works?
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Aug 28, 2016
Durban, South Africa
I suggest reposting this in the FMC thread where you're more likely to get help.

For actually writing your solution steps, the most common notation is to use brackets () around the moves that are done on the reverse scramble, so I'd write your solution as:
Square: (D)
2x2x2: R' F D2 F'
2x2x3: D' R D
F2L-1: (U' R' U2 R2)
F2L+EO: U R U R' U R' F R F'
LL: U2 R D' U R2 U R' U' R' U R' U2 D R