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IsThatA4x4’s CFOP progression thread // Road to sub 10! // Working on: Cross + 1, Better F2L solutions

IsThatA4x4

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Alright so a little update because you won't be seeing any timed progress for a bit...
I spent a while today trying to force X-cross / cross + 1, choosing between white/yellow cross because I want to be x2y CN. I'm getting better at knowing where the pieces will be, but I'm not able to do it with my eyes closed or under 15 seconds yet, which will probably take a lot of practice.
 

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Alright so a little update because you won't be seeing any timed progress for a bit...
I spent a while today trying to force X-cross / cross + 1, choosing between white/yellow cross because I want to be x2y CN. I'm getting better at knowing where the pieces will be, but I'm not able to do it with my eyes closed or under 15 seconds yet, which will probably take a lot of practice.
In one of Jperm's videos he said when he was starting to practice predicting first pair or xcross it took him around 1:30 to inspect. He said don't try to do it in 15 seconds, just take however long you would like to inspect. Then try starting to reduce your inspection time until you can do it under 15 seconds.
 

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In one of Jperm's videos he said when he was starting to practice predicting first pair or xcross it took him around 1:30 to inspect. He said don't try to do it in 15 seconds, just take however long you would like to inspect. Then try starting to reduce your inspection time until you can do it under 15 seconds.
someone said this: if Jperm asked you to jump of the bridge would you?

anyway your right
 

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I just lubed my springs with lunar (my only lube) and it's so much quieter and softer I love it.
On the topic of lube, lunar can be a little fast sometimes, and I am running out, so I have ordered some martian (from scs because no UK cube shop or thecubicle (faster delivery for me) had it in stock) which is a little more controlled and longer lasting.
 

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I have kept on going with the cross + 1 practice, and I have a question:
So, the way I do cross + 1 is finding a corner that goes to the top layer, then tracking the pair. But what do I do if no corners will end up in the top? This has a 1/16 chance of happening I think so it's relatively common.

Do I try and change the cross, which would waste a lot of time as finding out that no corners are in the top layer takes time?
Or do I just go with it, pick a corner and track the pair?
OR do I switch to yellow cross and hope the 1/256 chance that those corners are also in the bottom layer doesn't happen?
 

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I have kept on going with the cross + 1 practice, and I have a question:
So, the way I do cross + 1 is finding a corner that goes to the top layer, then tracking the pair. But what do I do if no corners will end up in the top? This has a 1/16 chance of happening I think so it's relatively common.

Do I try and change the cross, which would waste a lot of time as finding out that no corners are in the top layer takes time?
Or do I just go with it, pick a corner and track the pair?
OR do I switch to yellow cross and hope the 1/256 chance that those corners are also in the bottom layer doesn't happen?
Is your cross + 1 practice predicting first pair after cross or x-cross?
If it is just predicting first pair, then maybe try to predict a corner's orientation in the bottom layer. Then track its corresponding edge. If you main white-crosses, I wouldn't suggest you do that (especially in a comp) because that will waste huge amounts of inspection time, and you might not be able to track the yellow corner and edge unless you want a +2 or DNF.
 

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Alright, the martian arrived so I cleaned my cube (which btw took a toothbrush and 3 paper towels because there was so much gunk) and put it in and I have to say, this is the best I have ever felt any cube ever.
It's got the buttery smooth GAN feel but it's more stable and controllable, definitely switching to martian.
 

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I guess I should list everything I am learning / want to learn in the future (in no particular order)
- Cross + 1
- Dual CN
- CP prediction during OLL
- Easy LS cases for OLL manipulation / skip
- Easy OLLCPs / 1LLLs
- Full TUL ZBLL
- Easy ZBLS cases to allow me to get a ZBLL more often
- OLL prediction during LS
- Pseudoslotting
If I can do all of that I'll be very fast lol...
 

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How do you test for a stripped screw? My 3x3 seems to (although it might just be me) have loosened itself!
If there's a stripped screw, the faces won't be equal tightness, so I'll find it really hard to set the screws to the same depth when I tighten it later.
 

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How do you test for a stripped screw? My 3x3 seems to (although it might just be me) have loosened itself!
If there's a stripped screw, the faces won't be equal tightness, so I'll find it really hard to set the screws to the same depth when I tighten it later.
Alright, I think I do not have a stripped screw/core, although while testing screw depth on all sides, I found out that I had set red/orange to 45 degrees too loose, not much of a difference but it is a little noticable.

Also mgc 4x4 + many drops of martian = god tier, I got a PB single with no luck (apart from no parity), even though I barely ever do 4x4:

Generated By csTimer on 2022-05-13
single: 1:12.41

Time List:
1. 1:12.41 U2 R' B L2 U' D2 F' U2 D2 L2 D2 R' F2 B2 U2 F2 U2 R F' L Rw2 U B' Rw2 B F' U F' Uw2 Fw2 F' B' Rw' U' L Fw2 R2 Uw' F' Rw2 R' Fw F' Uw' Fw2
 
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