porkynator

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Version 2.0 of my FMC tutorial is here! Basically it just look better, but I have also updated some stuff (like records and links) and added examples and pictures. See the first pages for more about what's new.

The old link still works. The old version is available here.

qaz

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Not that great of a solve, but good for me because I found nearly optimal insertions in ~16 minutes scramble: B' L' R2 D L F R' L U' B' L R2 D' U2 B' F2 D B2 L' R2 (David Adams 184)

(L' D' L U') // 1x2x3
B' F2 U F2 // pseudo 2x2x3
(F) // fix pseudo-ness
R2 U2 F L F' U2 R2 // EO
D2 B2 D2 // AB5C

skeleton: B' F2 U F2 R2 U2 F L F' * U2 R2 D2 B2 D2 F' U L' D L (19)
* [F D F', U2] - cancels 4

skeleton: B' F2 U F2 R2 U2 F L * D F' U2 F D' F' R2 D2 B2 D2 F' U L' D L (23)
* [L', D R' D'] - cancels 4

skeleton: B' F2 U F2 R2 U2 F D R' * D' L D R F' U2 F D' F' R2 D2 B2 D2 F' U L' D L (27)
* [R, B' L B] - cancels 2

final: B' F2 U F2 R2 U2 F D B' L B R' B' L' B D' L D R F' U2 F D' F' R2 D2 B2 D2 F' U L' D L (33)

IF says optimal was 32

Sebastien

My solutions from the final round of Only FMC 2017:

1st scramble: R' U' F R2 U2 R' F2 D2 F2 U2 F2 R' B' D' F' U' R2 F' U L' R U2 F' R' U' F
2*2x2x1: U2 L' F' R
Pseudo-F2L-1: D B U2 R2 D' F2
3E3C: D R B * R2 B' D2 F'

* = D' R2 D R D' R D R2 (Inverted Anti-sune)

Solution: U2 L' F' R D B U2 R2 D' F2 D R B D' R2 D R D' R D B' D2 F'

23 moves.

Comment: Once more thanks to Guus for his remark on inserting Sunes at Eat Sleep Cube Repeat 2014! 2nd scramble: R' U' F L2 F2 D2 R2 D2 R2 B2 R2 U L2 D' B' L' F U2 R U B' U2 R D2 R' U' F
EO+2x2x1+pairs: R * U B L
2x2x2: F' U2

at this point I first switched and found the following L3C: F D2 B D2 B' D2 F' R2 F' R2 F U R2 U' R2

However, after putting the skeleton together, I noticed that I could get the same L3C in a slightly shorter way:

2x2x3 + many blocks: R2 U R2 U' B' D2
L3C: B2 R2 B R2 B' R2 B' R2

* = R' F L' F' R F L F'

Solution: F L' F' R F L F' U B L F' U2 R2 U R2 U' B' D2 B2 R2 B R2 B' R2 B' R2

26 moves.

Comment: I wouldn't be too surprised if someone finds a better finish for this start.

3rd scramble: R' U' F U2 F2 U2 R2 U2 L2 R2 U' L' F2 L' U L2 B R2 F2 U' L U' R' U' F
2*2x2x1: F2 U' L U2
2x2x3: (L' F2 R')
F2L-1: D2 R' B R2 L' D' L

I did the R2 to save the other 3 move pair so that R' D2 B' D' B would give F2L. I then noticed that the OLL would skip and saw, that I could also solve the last F2L pair differently to cancel into OLL:

F2L: F D' F' D2 R'
OLL+Skip: R D F D2 F' D' F D F' R'

Luckily, the end also cancels with the inverse part. Solution: F2 U' L U2 D2 R' B R2 L' D' L F D' F' D' F D2 F' D' F D F L

23 moves.

Comment: I guess this is what you could call "the lucky one". I certainly won't complain that everything cancelled so nicely. At this point in the solve, I already had a 25 (PB mean!!!) from a completely different start (giving L3C in 20), but this solution was definitely the ice on the cake. 23, 26, 23 = 24,00 mean of 3 Last edited:

Sebastien

Edited, thanks. porkynator

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My solutions from the final round of Only FMC 2017:

1st scramble: R' U' F R2 U2 R' F2 D2 F2 U2 F2 R' B' D' F' U' R2 F' U L' R U2 F' R' U' F
2*2x2x1: U2 L' F' R
Pseudo-F2L-1: D B U2 R2 D' F2
3E3C: D R B * R2 B' D2 F'

* = D' R2 D R D' R D R2 (Inverted Anti-sune)

Solution: U2 L' F' R D B U2 R2 D' F2 D R B D' R2 D R D' R D B' D2 F'

23 moves.

Comment: Once more thanks to Guus for his remark on inserting Sunes at Eat Sleep Cube Repeat 2014! 2nd scramble: R' U' F L2 F2 D2 R2 D2 R2 B2 R2 U L2 D' B' L' F U2 R U B' U2 R D2 R' U' F
EO+2x2x1+pairs: R * U B L
2x2x2: F' U2

at this point I first switched and found the following L3C: F D2 B D2 B' D2 F' R2 F' R2 F U R2 U' R2

However, after putting the skeleton together, I noticed that I could get the same L3C in a slightly shorter way:

2x2x3 + many blocks: R2 U R2 U' B' D2
L3C: B2 R2 B R2 B' R2 B' R2

* = R' F L' F' R F L F'

Solution: F L' F' R F L F' U B L F' U2 R2 U R2 U' B' D2 B2 R2 B R2 B' R2 B' R2

26 moves.

Comment: I wouldn't be too surprised if someone finds a better finish for this start.

3rd scramble: R' U' F U2 F2 U2 R2 U2 L2 R2 U' L' F2 L' U L2 B R2 F2 U' L U' R' U' F
2*2x2x1: F2 U' L U2
2x2x3: (L' F2 R')
F2L-1: D2 R' B R2 L' D' L

I did the R2 to save the other 3 move pair so that R' D2 B' D' B would give F2L. I then noticed that the OLL would skip and saw, that I could also solve the last F2L pair differently to cancel into OLL:

F2L: F D' F' D2 R'
OLL+Skip: R D F D2 F' D' F D F' R'

Luckily, the end also cancels with the inverse part. Solution: F2 U' L U2 D2 R' B R2 L' D' L F D' F' D' F D2 F' D' F D F L

23 moves.

Comment: I guess this is what you could call "the lucky one". I certainly won't complain that everything cancelled so nicely. At this point in the solve, I already had a 25 (PB mean!!!) from a completely different start (giving L3C in 20), but this solution was definitely the ice on the cake. 23, 26, 23 = 24,00 mean of 3 Huge congrats!
I wouldn't say the last one is very luck. Knowledge of LL algs and spotting the alternative last pair insertion that lead to the same OLL is not luck Cancelling 3 moves with premoves kinda is, but whatever.
I think the first one was luckier. Or do you think inserting a sune in 8-2=6 moves is normal? I did it recentely and I though inserting it in 7 or 8 moves was very lucky. Is there a special technique that Guus told you?

Sebastien

Thanks Sebastiano!

Well, you are definitely right, 6 moves for an inserted sune is definitely better than average, I would probably consider 9 as normal. About Guus: No, and sorry if I made you curious. At that competition, I had a 27 with 3 edges and 3 twisted corners that I solved using a block-commutator and a corner commutator and we talked about that solution. So he asked me, why I didn't check if I could insert a sune, which I simply had forgotton about during this attempt. That just stuck in my mind and since, I always check for sune insertion in such cases and always have to think at Guus when actually inserting one. Member
Sorry, but how do you insert a sune into a skeleton/solution? is that for L3E+L3C ?

BQ

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Sorry, but how do you insert a sune into a skeleton/solution? is that for L3E+L3C ?
A sune changes 3 edges and twitsts 3 corners. That was Sebastien's case.

DGCubes

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I read most of @porkynator's book yesterday and learned a ton from it. Here's my first FMC solution with 2 insertions from this week's SS weekly comp:

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

(R B U) // EO
(L R' B' R B R') // A bunch of blocks
B' F L F L' B R F R' // To L4C

Skeleton (16): B' F L F * L' B R F B' R' B R L' U' B' R'

* = B' R2 B L B' R2 @ B L' (1 move canceled)
@ = R' B2 R F2 R' B2 R F2 (1 move canceled)

Solution (30): B' F L F B' R2 B L B' R B2 R F2 R' B2 R F2 B L2 B R F B' R' B R L' U' B' R'

Unfortunately I ran out of time, so I found the quickest insertions I could. IF found a few 25 move solutions that canceled 7 moves though. Really happy with my skeleton, but I definitely need to get faster at finding quick insertions.

Also, a question: I had a couple moves written down incorrectly that I changed within 10 seconds of time being up. Generally speaking, how strict are you guys with the hour time limit? At what point would you just consider it a DNF?

By the way, thanks @porkynator!! Your book is amazingly helpful! thecubingwizard

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This was for 2017-34, but I did the attempt after the results were posted.

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

Solution: All on Normal Scramble
D2 B U' D B' ||| 2X2X2
L' B' U2 B U' ||| Added a Roux block
F L2 U' ^ F U ||| Broke the Roux block slightly, but added a square to blue
F2 L' U' F2 U L2 D' L' D ||| Played around with blocks for AB3C

^ = U L2 U' R' U L2 U' R

Final Solution (28) = D2 B U' D B' L' B' U2 B U' F U' R' U L2 U' R F U F2 L' U' F2 U L2 D' L' D

Pretty good solve for me, and one of my more weird solutions.
I think this is like my 7th or 8th sub-30.
PB is still 27 lol.

guysensei1

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All on inverse
U R' B2 U B' R'//2x2x2
D2 F D2//2x2x3
F U' F U L' F2 L2//F2L-1
U' F U F2 L F' L' F L F2 L' F//lsll

jschwarz21

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Tied my PB single of 29 on a practice solve.

Normal: D B2 R2 F L2 B' L2 B' R2 B D2 B2 U' B' U' R U' L' R2 F R'

F B2 L' // 2 Heise Squares (3/3)
R' F U # F' U' // 3 Heise Squares (5/8)
R D R' D2 R2 D R D' B' // F2L-1 (9/17)
F D' F' D2 // AB3C (4/21)

Insert at #: U2 R2 U L' U R2 U' L U'

Final: F B2 L' R' F U' R2 U' L' U R2 U' L U' F' U' R D R' D2 R2 D R D' B' F D' F' D2 (29 moves)

guysensei1

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1. R L2 D U R2 B2 R2 U' R2 B2 D2 R2 B' R U' R D' U B2 U F'

F' D L * B R U' R2//2x2x2 (7/7)
D' B' L D2 L'//2x2x3 (5/12)
B2 R D' R' B' D' B'//3E (7/19)

*= R' B R B R B R' B' R' B'

Final: F' D L R' B R B R B R' B' U' R2 D' B' L D2 L' B2 R D' R' B' D' B' (25)

Tried a different start and used a sune insertion

L2 B L' R' U L U D L U // 2X2X3
(B U' B D B' D' B2 U)//3C3E

Skeleton: L2 B R' (1) L' U L U D L B2 D B D' B' U (2) B'
(1)= R D R' D R D2 R' D2
(2)=U' L2 F2 R2 D' F2 L2 B2

Final is 27

EMI

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Won German Nationals with a 25.33 average, tying my PB from last year's nationals 24, 25, 27 = 25.33

Nothing fancy in the solutions.

1st scramble: R' U' F U2 F2 R2 D2 F2 L2 F2 L' U2 B' R B2 F' L B F2 U F2 D' R' U' F

1x2x3: F2 L2 D F
2x2x3: (L' F2 L) L'
F2L-1: (R2 D')
L3C: (B2 U' B' U R' B' R)

Skeleton: F2 L2 D F L' R' B R U' B U @ B2 D R2 L' F2 L
@ = L' B R2 B' L B R2 B'

Solution: F2 L2 D F L' R' B R U' B U L' B R2 B' L B R2 B D R2 L' F2 L

2nd scramble: R' U' F R2 D2 B2 L2 B2 L2 D' R2 B D' F2 L B L' F L' F2 U B' R' U' F

2x2x2: U2 F2 L' F
2x2x3: R' U' R2 (R)
EO: L U L'
L3C: (B U2 B' D' U2 B U2 B' D)

Skeleton: U2 F2 L' F R' U' @ L R2 U L' D' B U2 B' U2 D B U2 B' R'
@ = U L' D2 L U' L' D2 L

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

3rd scramble: R' U' F D2 U2 F2 D2 R U2 L D2 R2 D2 B U' L' B2 F D' R2 U2 B2 R F R' U' F

2x2x2: D' L' B2 D' B'
Pseudo-2x2x3: (U2 F' R2)
Pseudo-F2L-1: (F2 U2 R U' R')
L3E: (F U' R B U B' U')

Skeleton: D' L' B2 D' B' U B U' B' R' U F' R U R' U2 F2 @ R2 F U2
@ = U' R' L F2 L' R U'

Solution: D' L' B2 D' B' U B U' B' R' U F' R U R' U2 F2 U' R' L F2 L' R U' R2 F U2

Bubtore

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My solution for the second attempt :

S // R' U' F R2 D2 B2 L2 B2 L2 D' R2 B D' F2 L B L' F L' F2 U B' R' U' F
I // F' U R B U' F2 L F' L B' L' F2 D B' R2 D L2 B2 L2 B2 D2 R2 F' U R

(R' F' U F2 U R U) // 223
(L2 F2 R F' L' F R') // F2L-1
(F2 R' D L' D' L D' R F2 L2) // Finish

Solution // L2 F2 R' D L' D L D' R F2 R F' L F R' F2 L2 U' R' U' F2 U' F R - 24 Moves

The other two solutions are not worth sharing as they were just bad ...

guysensei1

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1)R U2 F2 U2 F2 R2 D2 L B2 F2 R2 U B U F2 R' U2 B L2

All on inverse
U' F' D2 R2 F2//2x2x2 (5/5)
B2 D'//2x2x3 (2/7)
D L2 D2 B' D//EO (5-2/12-2)
B' L2 B' L B L2 B//4C3E (7/17)

Skeleton: B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 * B2 F2 R2 D2 F U

*= U B' U' B//solve edges, leaves gj6C, cancels 1

B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 @ U B' U' B' F2 R2 D2 F U
@=B' D2 B U B' D2 B U', cancels 4
B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 B' D2 B U B' U' ! D2 B' F2 R2 D2 F U
!=U B D B' U' B D' B', cancels 4
Final: B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 B' D2 B U D B' U' B D' B' D2 B' F2 R2 D2 F U (28)

Does anyone have a better ending :/

DGCubes

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Speedsolving weekly comp solution:

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

(L B2 F L2 R U B' U L' F D' F' D) // F2L minus 1 edge
R' B R B' // AB5C (realized afterwards that this was really easy on inverse too, lol)

Skeleton (17 to L5C): R' $B R B' D' F D F' L U' * B U' R' L2 F' B2 L'$ = R B2 R' F' R B2 R' F (cancel 2)
* = U' F' U B U' F U B' (cancel 5)

Solution (26): B2 R' F' R B2 R' F B R B' D' F D F' L U2 F' U B U' F R' L2 F' B2 L'

Really happy with this solution. Ties my PB! Oh also, insertion finder didn't find anything for this one; can it not do 5-cycles of corners?

qaz

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1)R U2 F2 U2 F2 R2 D2 L B2 F2 R2 U B U F2 R' U2 B L2

All on inverse
U' F' D2 R2 F2//2x2x2 (5/5)
B2 D'//2x2x3 (2/7)
D L2 D2 B' D//EO (5-2/12-2)
B' L2 B' L B L2 B//4C3E (7/17)

Skeleton: B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 * B2 F2 R2 D2 F U

*= U B' U' B//solve edges, leaves gj6C, cancels 1

B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 @ U B' U' B' F2 R2 D2 F U
@=B' D2 B U B' D2 B U', cancels 4
B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 B' D2 B U B' U' ! D2 B' F2 R2 D2 F U
!=U B D B' U' B D' B', cancels 4
Final: B' L2 B' L' B L2 B D' B D2 L2 B' D2 B U D B' U' B D' B' D2 B' F2 R2 D2 F U (28)

Does anyone have a better ending :/
(U' F' D2 R2 F2) //2x2x2
(B2 D') //2x2x3
R F' L' D' L F R' // EO
R B' L2 B R' // F2L-1
L' B L2 B' // AB3C

skeleton: R F' L' D' L F B' L2 B R' L' B L2 B' D B2 F2 R2 D2 F * U (21)
* F' L' F R F' L F R' - cancels 2

final: R F' L' D' L F B' L2 B R' L' B L2 B' D B2 F2 R2 D2 L' F R F' L F R' U (27)

One move better lol