# The New Method / Substep / Concept Idea Thread

#### Athefre

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Time Travel Solving

CFOP:

Normal

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
X-Cross: z’ y’ D U B D’ L D’ L’ R’ U’ F2
Pair 1: U R’ F U2 F’
Pair 2: U R U2 R’ U R U2 R U R’
Pair 3: y U R U R’
OLL: U’ F (R U R' U') F' f (R U R' U') f'
PLL: U2 R' U' R U' L R U2 R' U' R U2 L' U R2 U R U

TTS (POCF)

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
PLL: z’ y’ R' U2 D2 B2 R D' R' U B2 D' B2 R2 D' R U
OLL: U D F' D' R D' F R' D B' D F B U' D' R
X-Cross: D U B D’ L D’ L’ R’ U’ F2
Pair 1: U R’ F U2 F’
Pair 2: U R U2 R’ U R U2 R U R’
Pair 3: y U R U R’

LL Skip!

Roux:

Normal:

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
Left 1x2x3: B L’ B’ R’ U2 M2 F
Right 1x2x3: U’ R U’ R U r U r’ U r’ U’ M’ U2 r’ U’ r
CMLL: R’ U’ R’ F R F’ R U’ R’ U2 R
LSE: M’ U2 M’ U2 M U M’ U M U2 M U M’ U2 M’

TTS:

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
4c+4b (EPLR): E2 M’ E2 M U D M B' M' B2 M' B' M U' D'
4a: R2 U M’ U M’ U M’ U M’ U2 M’ U M’ U M’ U M’ U’ R2
Corners: F' U F U' R2 U2 F' D' F U2 D R2 F
Left 1x2x3: B L’ B’ R’ U2 M2 F
Right 1x2x2: U’ R U’ R U r U r’ U r’ U’ M’ U2 r’ U’ r

CMLL+LSE Skip!

This is like traveling to the future, seeing the problems that will occur, then coming back and preventing those problems in the present. An alternate way of doing this is of course to do a setup to place the pieces in the same positions as they would be in a normal solve, perform the normal alg, then undo the setup. I don't yet see any useful applications for this concept. Just something interesting to think about. Maybe the opposite version of this, traveling to the past, would be altering the solved cube in such a way that the scramble will result back in the solved state. Or altering the scramble itself if that would be allowable.

#### RedstoneTim

##### Member
Time Travel Solving

CFOP:

Normal

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
X-Cross: z’ y’ D U B D’ L D’ L’ R’ U’ F2
Pair 1: U R’ F U2 F’
Pair 2: U R U2 R’ U R U2 R U R’
Pair 3: y U R U R’
OLL: U’ F (R U R' U') F' f (R U R' U') f'
PLL: U2 R' U' R U' L R U2 R' U' R U2 L' U R2 U R U

TTS (POCF)

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
PLL: z’ y’ R' U2 D2 B2 R D' R' U B2 D' B2 R2 D' R U
OLL: U D F' D' R D' F R' D B' D F B U' D' R
X-Cross: D U B D’ L D’ L’ R’ U’ F2
Pair 1: U R’ F U2 F’
Pair 2: U R U2 R’ U R U2 R U R’
Pair 3: y U R U R’

LL Skip!

Roux:

Normal:

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
Left 1x2x3: B L’ B’ R’ U2 M2 F
Right 1x2x3: U’ R U’ R U r U r’ U r’ U’ M’ U2 r’ U’ r
CMLL: R’ U’ R’ F R F’ R U’ R’ U2 R
LSE: M’ U2 M’ U2 M U M’ U M U2 M U M’ U2 M’

TTS:

Scramble: B U2 B2 R' U2 L' U2 L2 R' U2 D' F2 U' B2 F L' B L'
4c+4b (EPLR): E2 M’ E2 M U D M B' M' B2 M' B' M U' D'
4a: R2 U M’ U M’ U M’ U M’ U2 M’ U M’ U M’ U M’ U’ R2
Corners: F' U F U' R2 U2 F' D' F U2 D R2 F
Left 1x2x3: B L’ B’ R’ U2 M2 F
Right 1x2x2: U’ R U’ R U r U r’ U r’ U’ M’ U2 r’ U’ r

CMLL+LSE Skip!

This is like traveling to the future, seeing the problems that will occur, then coming back and preventing those problems in the present. An alternate way of doing this is of course to do a setup to place the pieces in the same positions as they would be in a normal solve, perform the normal alg, then undo the setup. I don't yet see any useful applications for this concept. Just something interesting to think about. Maybe the opposite version of this, traveling to the past, would be altering the solved cube in such a way that the scramble will result back in the solved state. Or altering the scramble itself if that would be allowable.
Travelling to the future seems similar to insertions: you solve up to a certain point and then try to solve the remaining pieces somewhere else in your current solution/skeleton.
I wonder if it's possible to apply it to something other than FMC and blindfolded solving. Maybe events where you can sometimes predict the whole solve like 2x2 and Pyraminx?

#### Athefre

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Travelling to the future seems similar to insertions: you solve up to a certain point and then try to solve the remaining pieces somewhere else in your current solution/skeleton.
I wonder if it's possible to apply it to something other than FMC and blindfolded solving. Maybe events where you can sometimes predict the whole solve like 2x2 and Pyraminx?
After I posted, I did think that it is similar to FMC techniques, though with more involvement. Interesting point about using it for the easy events. It has me thinking that there could be a method where the first step is to maybe solve a few pieces, see what the final case will be, then choose the best of several memorized paths to reduce the move count. Or follow that path before the first step, making that the actual first step. Maybe it would be fast or maybe it would require a lot of thinking. I'll think about this more.

#### PingPongCuber

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I had this idea for last layer where you solve two "J"s, so Im calling the idea JJLL. You start by doing an auf to permute the UB edge, and then an alg to orient that edge and permute and orient the UR edge, ULB corner, and URB corner, this forms a little "J". The next part you basically do the same thing without the auf at the beginning, and it solves the rest of the last layer, but there are likely less algs because of only 2 possible EOs. I think this would be a lot of algs and I dont really know if it would be useful. The number of algs could be reduced by doing beginners variations, such as doing EO first. Some of the algs would already be familiar, such as J perms. Thoughts?

#### brododragon

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I had this idea for last layer where you solve two "J"s, so Im calling the idea JJLL. You start by doing an auf to permute the UB edge, and then an alg to orient that edge and permute and orient the UR edge, ULB corner, and URB corner, this forms a little "J". The next part you basically do the same thing without the auf at the beginning, and it solves the rest of the last layer, but there are likely less algs because of only 2 possible EOs. I think this would be a lot of algs and I dont really know if it would be useful. The number of algs could be reduced by doing beginners variations, such as doing EO first. Some of the algs would already be familiar, such as J perms. Thoughts?
Too many algs. For the first step alone, there is (I think my math is off, but it gives an idea.) 864 algs: 3 (UR edge positions) x (2^2) (EO) x (4 x 3) (corner permutation) x (3 x 2) (corner orientation) = 864. Could someone with a better understanding of theory check my math?

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#### WarriorCatCuber

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Too many algs. For the first step alone, there is (I think my math is off, but it gives an idea.) 864 algs: 3 (UR edge positions) x (2^2) (EO) x (4 x 3) (corner permissions) x (3 x 2) (corner orientation) = 864. Could someone with a better understanding of theory check my math?
How come you average 50 and I'm like sub-20 and I don't understand this?

#### Sub1Hour

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How come you average 50 and I'm like sub-20 and I don't understand this?
"But you can solve the Rubiks cube fast so you must be good at math"
That is what you sound like.

#### WarriorCatCuber

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"But you can solve the Rubiks cube fast so you must be good at math"
That is what you sound like.
Wait let me try to calculate this : UB Edge : 2 cases : UR edge : 6 cases Corner permutation : 6 Corner orientation : 9
2*6*6*9=648 (different then brodo for some reason

#### brododragon

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Corner orientation : 6
No. 9. You did 3 + 3 instead of 3 x 3.

EDIT 2: I'm dumb it's 3 x 2 so you're right.
EDIT 3: I thought you said it was 6 but you said 9 so you're wrong.
How come you average 50 and I'm like sub-20 and I don't understand this?
I don't particularly like 3x3, but love math.

EDIT:
6 cases Corner permutation
Nope. 4 positions for first corner times 3 for second equals 12.
EDIT 4: With all those edits, we arrive at the same number.

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#### WarriorCatCuber

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No. 9. You did 3 + 3 instead of 3 x 3.

I don't particularly like 3x3, but love math.
If you don't like 3x3, then why are you on these forums? (not trying to roast or anything, just asking why if you don't like cubing)

#### brododragon

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If you don't like 3x3, then why are you on these forums? (not trying to roast or anything, just asking why if you don't like cubing)
I still like cubing, just not especially 3x3.

#### brododragon

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No. 9. You did 3 + 3 instead of 3 x 3.

EDIT 2: I'm dumb it's 3 x 2 so you're right.
EDIT 3: I thought you said it was 6 but you said 9 so you're wrong.

I don't particularly like 3x3, but love math.

EDIT:

Nope. 4 positions for first corner times 3 for second equals 12.
EDIT 4: With all those edits, we arrive at the same number.
This is proof that I love math, but my brain just can't deal.

#### Sub1Hour

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I still like cubing, just not especially 3x3.
SAME. I avg like 12-11 on 3x3 and the only reason I do 3x3 is when I get new hardware to break in or if I don't feel like doing mega squan or big cubes.

#### brododragon

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SAME. I avg like 12-11 on 3x3 and the only reason I do 3x3 is when I get new hardware to break in or if I don't feel like doing mega squan or big cubes.
It kinda feels like it's trying to be a somewhat long event, but it's just too short. I dunno if that's why, but that's what I make of it.

#### PapaSmurf

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This conversation is all about new methods...
Let's get back on topic.

#### WoowyBaby

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There are so many kinds of methods that it seems like no one has thought of before. I don't want to generalize all people into one category, but I think most people are more fixated on ideas that they already know about. Like you see people thinking of variants of already existing methods, or mixing methods, but I rarely really see ideas that are truly unique, which, I'm not saying is a terrible thing, because sometimes things similar to things we already know are good (even if they are worse than the original thing), are usually better than completely different novel things.
But I do think some of it comes down to human nature. In general, we tend to think of new solutions very close to old solutions, even if the true best solution is something so simple and elegant but we just didn't think outside of the box enough. I find this really difficult to explain well, though. I know someone else could do a better job of it. For example, let's say you're perfecting a video game speed run by cutting the corners as close as possible and grinding your path to perfection as much as possible, working on all of the small variants like jumping at specific times or places that allow you to keep running to save you a fifth of a second, and you keep looking at small variations of your original idea, but then you failed to notice the simple back door shortcut that saves you ten seconds and is on a path you haven't even looked into. I really don't know if I'm making any sense or even vaguely turning my thoughts into words.
This is honestly just a flow of random thought, but I think we can apply this to method creation. I'm sure that we have already thought of basically all good things based off our current popular and known methods, and now we're mostly only thinking of the infinitely larger pool of bad ideas. Although, some new methods that seem promising now that just haven't had enough thought put into it could use more, finding the best variant of it, but I think if we really want game changing stuff, we have to think outside the box. And we also need some common sense into what makes a method good too, so we're not just spitting out crap, but I think that's just something we pick up easier. I am not saying everyone should do this mumbo jumbo I speak of, but I'm going to try to do what I'm talking about here.

Now, I'm going to try to create a truly original method. I do not guarantee that it is any good, though. Edit: It is good.

Step 1. Form a square on D or L and orient all of the edges on F/B.
Step 2. Orient all edges on an additional axis, on R/L, in a way that orients many corners, preferably atleast four out of eight.
Step 3. Combine and solve any visible and easy blocks and pieces in just a few moves.
Step 4. Apply a commutator or short algorithm that will solve a few more pieces, specifically the type that has fewer solved, usually corners.
Step 5. Finish solving the corners whilst solving/forcing the edges into a easy configuration (like some easy 3-cycle or 8-move algorithm).
Step 6. Use your final simple edge sequence to fully complete your cube.

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

(y x')
R' U D R2 U' x // Step 1
U R' U2 D L // Step 2
D2 F2 // Step 3
L' U L D2 L' U' L D2 // Step 4
y L2 D l' U2 l D' L' U2 L' // Step 5
R2' D r2 B2 R2' D r2 B2 U' // Step 6
(38 HTM)

This is a kind of freestyle method with guidance, and I think it is really cool, unbelievably efficient, and genuinely think it can be very fast.
There isn't a specific defined algorithm set to memorize, but there definitely is a short list of a very useful algorithms I can put in here if needed.
I have yet to give names to the steps or the method as a whole, I'll work on that.
If I truly think this has great potential, I could tweak these steps and provide resources like the aforementioned generally useful algorithms and many example solves of it, my personal speedsolves of it, and some general guides and tips and such.

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#### PapaSmurf

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It's pretty cool but it's too general for speedsolving. But I agree with your thoughts.

#### WoowyBaby

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It's pretty cool but it's too general for speedsolving. But I agree with your thoughts.
I do agree that it is very general and not strictly defined, but I'm going to first try speedsolving with this freestyle method to see if I can get good times with it before I say it's slow and garbage. I bet that you're probably right that it is bad for speedsolving and way too general and that's what I will expect, to be honest. I'll try doing solves with it just in case.

#### Athefre

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Many have been saying the same thing for years. There usually isn't anything new when someone posts an idea. What you described in your post is definitely different from most. Great job, really. I want to see more examples to get a better understanding. It feels like it is in the same category as Heise. What this means is that it is so intuitive and free-form that it is either not fast enough for speedsolving or people just might not want to put in the effort that it would take to possibly prove that it is speed capable.

Do you think you can actually average under 40 moves in a speedsolve?