Quadrangular Francisco

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Quadrangular Francisco Method
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Information about the method
Proposer(s): Alex Yang
Proposed: 2016
Alt Names: QF
Variants:
No. Steps: 6
No. Algs: unknown
Avg Moves: 70?
Purpose(s):

The Quadrangular Francisco method is a speedsolving method created by Alex Yang, as a spin-off of the Hexagonal Francisco method invented by Andrew Nathenson.

The Steps

  • 1. Build a rectangle, which is a a 1x2x3 block, anywhere on the cube.
  • 2. Rotate the cube so that you have the rectangle on either LD or RD (up to preference). The U layer should be completely free to move. Now, depending on what side the rectangle is on, use U and either R, Rw and M moves or L, Lw and M moves to solve the M slice. This step can be compared to the third step in the Yau method, where the middles are solved using the same cube orientation and moveset.
  • 3. Rotate the cube so that you have the rectangle on DB, and the previously solved pieces as the E slice. From here, insert the DFL corner.
  • 4 or 5. Simultaneously orient the U-layer corners while inserting the last corner. You can use CLS or CSO (which disregards edge orientation) for this. If you use CLS, this step can be number 5.
  • 4 or 5. Use L6E to orient the U-layer edges while inserting the last D-layer edge. A two-step approach, first intuitively inserting the edge and then orienting with EOLL(preserving corners), requires only 3 algorithms.
  • 6. Permute the Last Layer.

Pros

  • Simple to understand, and is majorly intuitive.
  • Has a comparable mindset.
  • Highly ergonomic.

Cons

  • Building the rectangle, as well as solving the M slice in step 2, can be quite hard to get used to.
  • Inexperienced solvers can find that they use way too many moves in step 2, and solve it ineffectively.
  • Lots of steps, compared to other methods.

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