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How to Solve a Rubik's Cube in 5 Easy Steps

By Sara Anderson
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Solving a Rubik's cube is one of those things that seems so difficult that, if you know how to do it, you look like a God. Actually, solving a Rubik's cube isn't that hard. You just have to know what you're doing while you're doing it. Practice makes perfect. When it comes to Rubik's cubes, as soon as you master them, you'll remember how for life. Don't believe us? That's cool. There are lots of sites that make these claims and never deliver but follow our instructions and you'll be a pro in no time.


The Genesis of the Rubik's Cube

You've probably never found yourself wondering who came up with the Rubik's cube. It seems like they've always been around. Well, they haven't! The inventor of the Rubik's cube is Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Ernő Rubik. Some also know it as the Magic Cube, Speed Cube, or the Puzzle Cube. Like most great inventions, Rubik didn't even realize what he'd created initially as a teaching tool, was a puzzle that would fascinate the nation. The Rubik's cube was pretty much everywhere in the 80's, and thanks to nostalgia, it's never really gone anywhere. There are even Rubik's Cube championships around the globe. If you follow these steps, you might be the next champion.

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Rubik's Cube for Beginners

There's a lot of ways to solve a Rubik's Cube. Some of them are easier than others, but sometimes, you have to figure out the easy way before trying out any others. There is also a reason that it's the best-selling toy of all time, and it's mainly because of its value. You might think you can't solve the puzzle because your IQ isn't high enough, but that's a lie. Anyone can solve a Rubik's cube if they know how to do it. After all, every professional started as a beginner. Once you master this simple solution, you'll be able to solve any of them.

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Step 1 - Know Your Cube

Getting to know the Rubik's Cube is the first step anyone should take when trying to solve it. You should take time to learn the individual parts of the cube and the fact that a different letter represents each side of the cube. The Rubik's Cube parts consist of three pieces; the edge pieces are the pieces that have two colors. There are twelve of them in the middle rows. Corner pieces are the pieces with three colors, and there are eight of them. Centerpieces are those with a single color in the middle on each side. These aren't supposed to move and should represent their individual colors.

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Step 2 - Solve the Cross

The first move you need to make, with the white centerpiece at the top, is to create a white cross. Keep the white centerpiece on top and move the blue and white edge pieces to the bottom of the cube. When you've done that, rotate the bottom until the white edge piece is under the blue centerpiece. Hold the cube where the blue centerpiece and the aforementioned edge piece are to the right. Then, spin the right face of the cube until the edge piece is at the top. When you've done this, the orange centerpiece should be on the right. Do the same as you did with the blue and white pieces with the orange - voilá, you did it!

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Step 3 - Solve the Corners

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The corners can be confusing, but you just have to keep on trying. What you need to do is to get the white corner pieces around the white cross. All corner pieces have one white side and two other colors. If your corner piece is at the bottom already, turn the bottom side. Make sure to do this until the corner is below where you want it to be. When it's in the right place, turn the bottom and then the right side until it's on top and then repeat that with the other corners.


Step 4 - The Second Layer

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The middle layer is trickier because you have to get the edge pieces in the right spot. Make sure your completed white layer is on the bottom of the cube. Then, make a vertical row of one color, whether it's blue, red, green, or orange, by turning the top face. Do this until the front color edge piece matches one of the side centerpieces. After you've done that, you can move the edge piece either diagonally or horizontally. If one of the pieces in the middle is wrong, repeat the steps until you have two blocks of color on the bottom two levels.



Step 5 - The Top Face

You should now have two solid blocks of color and the white cross at the bottom. If you don't, reread the last tip. Now what you need to do is make a yellow cross and corners. This should be in a similar way to how you did with the white. If you can't see any yellow corners on the top face, make sure you have a yellow left corner on the left face. However, if one of the corners on the top face is yellow, match the front face with it. Repeat this a few times until you manage a complete yellow face.

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Smiley face puzzle cube


Step 6 - The Final Layer

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If the top face of the cube is all yellow, congratulations, you've got to the final stage. Hold your cube so the yellow face stays on top. Twist that face until two of the corners are adjacent to one another. If two of the corners are in the right place, make sure that the other two are, too. If you have to switch diagonally, make sure the initial corners are behind. Position the yellow edges so that the face with the correct edge is at the back. Depending on positioning, you'll need to turn the edge pieces clockwise or anti-clockwise. If every one of the edges is wrong, go back and make sure the corners are in the right place. Check that and then check the edge is at the back. Twist, and then you should have a completed Rubik's Cube. If not, follow these steps again until you do.


You Did It!

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If you did manage it, people around the world will now consider you to have an IQ of 160. Congratulations, you can tell them you do. The main thing to remember when you have a Rubik's Cube is that it takes patience. You can't get it right the first time, not even with tips or steps. You can, however, practice until you can do it with your eyes closed.


Now Pass On Your Knowledge

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Once you're a master of the Rubik's Cube, you can formulate your own guide to pass on to those you impress. You might impress a lot of people, so be mindful of your time and remember that a Rubik's Cube isn't like riding a bike. You can forget what you're doing. On the whole, the Rubik's Cube is a strangely meditative puzzle and it precedes Candy Crush by decades. Not to mention you never have to charge it.



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