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Aug 27, 2010

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Solving 3x3 Rubik's Cube Top Edge Cubies (with a Rubik's Cube to Play with!)

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MenuHow To Solve the Rubik's Cube
Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube Top Edge Cubies
Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube Top Corners
Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube Middle Layer
Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube Form a Cross on Last Layer
Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube Correct Corners on Last Layer
Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube Orient Corners on Last Layer
Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube Correct Edges on Last Layer
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In this step we are trying to solve the top layer's edge cubies, so that when it is done you will see a cross formed on top of the Rubik's cube. This step should be intuitive. After playing around with the Rubik's cube you should be able to do this intuitively.

Goal

Our goal is to solve the top layer's edge cubies so that when it is done you will see a cross on the top of the Rubik's cube like the following:


Let's do it!

The following are several examples of the configuration of your Rubik's cube. After playing with them you will realize that there are many possible scenarios, but solving them is intuitive even though the moves you take most likely are not the most efficient ones.

The following examples are everything you need to complete this task regardless of what configuration your Rubik's cube is in.

L2F UF L'




After you solved one or two cubies and are solving the next one, you may feel that solving it would destroy the previous solved cubies. In this situation, simply move the solved cubies away temporarily and move them back after solving the next one. Here are several examples.

Solve the red cubie after solving green and orange cubie (U' R U)



Solve the red cubie after solving all other cubies (U L U' F)



Moving solved portions away to avoid messing them up while solving the next part is a critical skill you must have in order to solve the top layer intuitively.

After you are done, your Rubik's cube should look like this.



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