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Part 1: The first step in solving your cube is you have to solve the centers so you can have a point of reference for solving the rest of the cube. The trick to this is that you have to get all the centers in the right spot (if the centers don't correctly line up with each other then the edges and corners won't line up either and it makes a real big mess). The first thing you need to do is solve two opposite centers. If you know of two colors that are opposite on your cube it makes things a little easier. The colors that are opposite on my cube are this, in case yours are the same, blue-white, green-yellow, red-orange. If you're not sure of two opposite colors on your cube then here is a way to double check to make sure you get two opposite colors. Take two corners, each with say red and yellow in their color schemes. You can pick any two corners but make sure each corner cublet has two colors that are the same. You don't have to move them just look at them. Now that you have these two cublets if you were to solve them then they would be on the same edge, only opposite sides of that edge (i.e. one corner would touch the top face and the other would touch the bottom face). Now just look at the other two colors on each of those pieces and you have two opposite colors. Here is an example to clear this up. Let's say I pick two corner pieces, red-yellow-blue, and red-yellow-white. Now if I were to solve these two corners then the red-yellow part would be on the same edge of the cube. This would put them on opposite sides of that edge so that each touched a different face (either bottom or top). Now I know that blue and white are opposites on that particular cube because they are on opposite sides of the cube when the corners are solved.

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Part 2: Now that you know two opposite colors you have to solve those two centers. Lets stick with the two opposite colors blue and white for this example (these colors may not be opposite on your cube so if they're aren't just use two colors that are). The first step is to make two rows of each color. Get two pieces into this position first,

In this position do the move l to get the blue piece from the top lined up to the one on the front face.

Now to remeber where blue needs to go do the move F ² to get it into the u slice. When you have a solid row in the u slice think of that as being set as the center color for that face. This helps to remeber where to postion the centers in relation to each other.

Now you have to solve a white row. There are three things that can happen from here. Either you already have a row of white centers solved, in that case get it onto the opposite face as blue and set it (put it in the u slice) If your cube already had a white row solved then after you set it click here, or you will have 2 white centers not on the back or front faces, or you will have 3 whites on the back face, and one white not on the back or front face.

1. If you have two white centers not in the back or front face get your cube to look like this,

From here do the move f ' to solve the white row and then d ' B ² to put it into the back face and set it.

Now you should have 2 white centers in what I call the middle section. The middle section is all the faces except the ones where you're solving the centers, in this case the up face, down face, left face, and right face. If any centers are in the front or the back face then turn the d slice to get them into the middle section. Be careful when doing this to not turn the other white center back into the front or back face at the same time. If it looks like that's going to happen then move one of the whites to a face that hasn't been set with another color, the left or right face, and do the move N ² (N being whatever slice the piece is on) Then turn the other white into the middle section. Now that those two centers are in the "middle section" between the front and back faces get them into this position,

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From here do the moves f ' d '. This will completely solve the white center. Go on to #3.

2. Now if you only had one white center in the middle section and 3 white centers on the back face here is what you do. First of all do the move F. This gets the blue row out of the way for a turn on the l slice. Now get the one white piece in the middle section and get it into the position in the diagrams. Now turn the back face to get the 3 whites into the position on the diagram. Now do the move l. This solves the white row. Now do the moves U ' l ' This will completely solve the white center.

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3. Now your cube should have the white center solved and a blue row on the opposite face. If it doesn't then start over. From here you need to solve the last blue row. There are three things that can happen from here. You will either have the last blue row solved but in the middle section, or you will have 2 blue center pieces in the middle section, or you will have one blue center piece in the middle section and one in the front face.

I. If your cube has a blue row already solved but it is in the middle section then you have to do one of two moves.

If your cube looks like this then do this move L ² d ' L ² d. This move will put the blue row in the u face then move a white row to the opposite face of the cube, restore the blue row to the d face then solve the centers.

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If your cube looks like this then do this move R ² d R ² d '. This move will put the blue row in the u face then move a white row to the opposite face of the cube, restore the blue row to the d face then solve the centers.

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II. If your cube has the last two blue center pieces in the middle section then get your cube to look like this,

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From here do the move f ' L ² d ' L ² d. This will solve the blue row then move it to the u face, move the white row to the opposite side of the cube, move the blue row back onto the d slice, then move them back in place of their centers.

III. If your cube has one blue center piece in the front face and one in the middle section then get your cube to look like this,

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From here do the move F d F ' d '. This move will solve the last blue row and then the last move restores the two centers.

Your cube should now look like this,

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4. Now that you have the first two centers solved you have to do the other four. For the next step blue and white become the top and bottom faces. For these examples I'll use white as the top face and blue as the bottom face. Now you have to solve the front and back centers. Do the same thing you did with two corners that you did in the beginning to find two more opposite centers on your cube. For this step you don't need to worry about using the corners to position the centers right it will still work out. Now that you have two more opposite colors on your cube they become the front and back centers. For this example I'll use green and yellow as the next opposite centers to solve.

There are 4 things that can happen at this point. Either both of these centers will be solved and in the right spot (go to #5), they will be solved and in the wrong spots, you will have solid rows of each color but the centers not solved, the pieces for the centers will be scrambled everywhere with few or no solid rows.

I. If your cube has the centers solved but not in the right spots (not on opposite sides of the cube) then hold your cube as in the diagram below and do the move d ' B ² d ² L ² d '. The colors on your cube can be switched from this diagram. Instead of having green in the front face and yellow in the left face you can have yellow in the front face and green in the left face. In that case do the same move it will still work.

II. If your cube has 2 rows of each color solved then get your cube to look like this

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The black dot on the U face in both diagrams is in the same spot on both diagrams it is just used to help show how the cube is oriented

From here do the move d to solve the green and yellow centers.

III. If your cube has few or no solid rows of green or yellow then here is what you do. First you have to set any rows that you do have. If you have one green row and one yellow row make sure to set them on opposite sides of the cube. Now you have to solve the remaining pieces. You do this basically the same way you solved the blue and white rows in the beginning, only now you do it without using the top or bottom faces. Here is an example,

In this example you would do the move d F ' d '. This will solve the yellow row then set it in the front face. Once you have 4 rows do the same thing as in II. to solve the centers. Here is an example for if you already have a row set

Here you would do the move d ' L d. This will solve the green row on the L face then move it into the front face to solve the center. Just mess around with these moves to solve the centers. Maybe you'll even come up with a few new moves. A hint on if you have one center solved and only one row or no rows solved of the other color. Hold that center so that it is on the front face and blue and white are on the bottom and top faces then do the move d ' L ² This will set one of the rows in the L face. This helps you to use the d face to help you solve the other center. Once you have two rows of each color then refer to II. to finish the two centers. Basically you have to think in rows. Once you do have a row completed remember to put it in the u face. That way you have room to use the d face to do all your moves. I hardly every use the u face to do the work in any of these steps. You can adjust this to your liking but I prefer to do everything on the lower half of the cube.

5. Now you should have 4 centers solved. Using the corners double check to make sure both pairs of solved centers are opposite colors. Now you have two centers left to solve and they should be on opposite sides of the cube. If you do not have this on your cube then go back to whichever step best resembles your cube and try again. Now the two unsolved faces become the front and back faces. For these examples I'm going to use orange as the front face and red as the back face. Before you start solving these centers you have to make sure you're solving them into the correct face. To do this you have to solve one of the corners that touches two of the solved centers. From here you know the color of the face with the unsolved center. Here is an example,

Now you would know that the dark gray area is orange and the opposite face (the back face) is red. There are 6 positions your cube can be in now. Either all the centers are now solved and in the right places (Go on to step 2), all the centers are solved but the red and orange ones are switched, you have two solid rows of each color but they are not all on the right face, you have a checkered pattern on both faces, you have 3 of each color on one face and one of the other color on the same face, or you have a checkered pattern on one face and two rows on the other.

I. If all of your centers are solved but the red and orange ones are switched then hold your cube so that the centers that need to be switched are on the front and back faces like in the diagram

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From here do the move d ² F ² B ² d ². This will switch the centers by rows.

II. If your cube has a solid row of each color on both the front and back faces then get it to look like this

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From here do the move d ² B ² d ² This will solve the red and orange centers.

III. You may also have a checkered pattern of both faces like this, *NOTE* Before doing this move check to make sure that your cube looks like these diagrams. If it does not then turn only the back and/or front faces to get it into this position.

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Now do the move d ² F B d ². This will solve both the orange and red centers and get them in the right place. Once again note that this move only works when your cube is in the position of the diagrams. If the move did not work then make sure that the centers look exactly like they do in the diagram.

IV. If your cube has three of one color and one of the opposite color on both the front and the back faces then there are two things that can happen from here. You will either have three orange and one red on the front face or three red and one orange on the front face. Basically in this step you either have most of the front face colors on the front face or most of the back face colors on the front face. Solve a corner that connects the front face, left face, and right face in relation to how you're holding the cube now. Now you know the color of the front face.

If the three center pieces on the front are supposed to be on the front (orange in my example) then get your cube to look like this

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From here do the move d ² F ' d ². This will make the last two rows for the centers then solve them. This will solve the red and orange centers.

If you're cube has three center pieces from the back face on the front (red in my example) then get your cube to look like this

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From here do the move d ² F ' B ² d ². This will get all the pieces into solid rows of their color then solve the centers.

V. Your cube may have a checkered pattern on one face and solid rows on the other face. If it does turn the F and/or B faces to get your cube like the diagrams, (*NOTE* Before doing this move check to make sure that your cube looks exactly like these diagrams. If it does not then turn only the back and/or front faces to get it into this position).

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Now do the move d ² B' d ² B d ² B ² d ². This will get the pieces into the position from number IV and then solve them the same way. If the move did not work then you might not have had the pieces in the exact same spot as the diagram. Try to find the step that most closely resembles your cube and try again.

Overview

Now your cube should look like this,

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Now you have solved your cube 1/3 of the way! Only 2 more steps to go! Before going on to the next step solve one corner with it's three centers and double check to make sure those three are on the right spot. Then, if you know your opposite colors, you can look at the opposite face of each of those front faces to make sure the centers are solved. If your centers are not lined up then you're going to have a very hard time in step 3.

 Don't forget to double check!

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