Letter pair images
The Method:
I use a journey style method for memorizing the larger cubes, where I place images into a prepared journey location. Each journey is a prepared list of mental locations, and I walk through from one place to the next and place objects in each location. For example one of my journeys is a walk through the neighborhood in which I grew up, and I have 26 prepared locations there. I also have journeys through my old college campus, and the route I drive to get to the local coffee shop I go to. You can use any scenery you want in your journey.

The objects I place into the journey locations are made up of pairs of letters. I have prepared an image for every possible combination of the letters used on the cube. I letter the pieces on the cube in a certain pattern, just to make it easy to recall which is which. I won't give my lettering, just because I think it is important to come up with one of your own. It's better to use a pattern you like, and one that you are sure you can remember well.

Ok so each center piece location has a letter name. So for example the location lbU is the letter A for the centers on a 4x4x4 and 5x5x5. The location bmU is also the letter A for the centers on a 5x5x5. The edge at uBL for both the 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 is also the letter A for me.

When memorizing I start at an edge or center and take that location's letter. This first location is given the image of a famous person. This is because the first piece in a cycle is always the first piece in each 3 cycle performed to solve that entire cycle. Whenever I see one of these single letter images (famous people) I know it is either the start or end of a cycle.

For the other pieces I always group two pieces together into one image. So say the start of my centers cycle is lbU->ulF->ufR, then I convert those to letters and I get A->E->I. I take the first piece of the cycle (A) and use my famous person for the letter A, which is Dan Aykroyd. I then group E and I together to EI and use my image for EI, which is an eskimo. I then imagine Dan Aykroyd interacting with an eskimo somehow. Maybe they are shaking hands, or Dan is hugging the eskimo, or tackling him, etc.. I always place three images per location, and this can include a combination of letter pair images and single letter images. So an example of my first journey location could be Dan Aykroyd pushes an eskimo into the open door of a UFO, which then takes off into the sky. This would represent the letter A->E->I->U->F which represents the pieces in the following cycle (lbU->luF->ufR->lbD->urF). So I have memorized the first 5 pieces of my centers cycle using the image of Dan Aykroyd pushing an eskimo into the open door of a UFO. Pretty cool huh?

Ok, so now that you have an idea of what I am doing, here are all the images I use. The first group are my single letter images, and the second group are all my letter pair images. Good luck, and have fun with your big cube BLD'ing!

Single letters (famous people):

ADan Aykroyd
BOrlando Bloom
CJim Carrey
DJohnny Depp
ECarmen Electra
FChris Farley
GTom Green
HAdolf Hitler
IEddy Izzard
JMichael Jordon
KChris Katan
LLindsay Lohan
MDan Marino
NChuck Norris
OOzzy Osbourne
PRichard Pryor
QQueen
RDenise Richards
SWill Smith
TDonald Trump
UUma Thurman
VJean Claude van Damme
WGeorge W. Bush
XMalcolm X


Letter pairs:

Some of these images are taken directly from copyrighted material, namely Michael Curtis' alphabet letter pairs list on www.nakedscience.com, so due credit is owed to him for some of my images.

ABabacus
ACAchilles
ADadder
AEaeroplane
AFAlf
AGagony
AHair hockey
AIArtificial Intelligence
AJangel
AKAK-47
ALalien
AMammunition
ANant
AOaerosol
APAustin Powers
AQaquarium
ARarrow
ASastronaut
ATAtlas
AUautomobile
AVavenue (5th in New York)
AWA&W root beer
AXaxe
BAbagel
BCbicycle
BDbed
BEbelt
BFbonfire
BGborg
BHbee hive
BIbilliards
BJblow job
BKbook
BLbell
BMbomb
BNbone
BOBody Odor
BPbackpack
BQbarbeque
BRbear
BSBull Shit
BTboot
BUbus
BVbeaver
BWbowling
BXboxer
CAcamera
CBcab
CDCompact Disc
CEcue
CFcoffee
CGcog
CHcheer leader
CIcity
CJcudgel
CKcake
CLclown
CMcomb
CNcone
COColorado
CPcop
CQcheque
CRcross
CSCrime Scene
CTcot
CUcup
CVclover
CWcow
CXcoxswain
DAdark knight
DBdisco ball
DCDC (Washington DC)
DEdentist
DFdufflecoat
DGdog
DHdough
DIdigger
DJDisc Jockey
DKduck
DLdoll
DMDarth Maul
DNdune
DOdoe
DPdeep
DQdisqualified
DRdragon
DSDeath Star
DTDick Tracy
DUDuke
DVDarth Vader
DWDarkwing duck
DXdocks
EAeagle
EBEmmett Brown (Back to the Future)
ECecclesiastical
EDMr. Ed
EFelephant
EGegg
EHeh?
EIeskimo
EJeject
EKEek! the cat
ELelf
EMemperor
ENen (genderless singular pronoun)
EOEeyore
EPEponine
EQEquestrian
EREmergency Room
ESesoteric
ETExtra Terrestrial
EUeuphonium
EVEvanescence
EWeeeeeew!
EXExcalibur
FAFat Albert
FBfootball
FCfacsimile
FDfood
FEferris wheel
FGfag
FHFire Helmet
FIfiddle
FJfudge
FKfork
FLflour
FMfoam
FNphone
FOfossil
FPflipper
FQLord Farquaad
FRfridge
FSFire Shower
FTBoba Fett
FUfugitive
FVfive
FWflower
FXfox
GAgargoyle
GBGhost Busters
GCgeek car (geek squad)
GDGodzilla
GEgentleman
GFgiraffe
GHGreen House
GIgin
GJGreen Giant
GKGreen Knight
GLglobe
GMGolum
GNgondola
GOgold
GPgrapes
GQGQ (the magazine)
GRgraduate
GSghost
GTgoat
GUgull
GVgavel
GWGhost Wagon (car of the Ghost Busters)
GXAgent X (secret Agent)
HAharp
HBhobo
HCHi-C
HDhard
HEHe-Man
HFhuff
HGhang
HIhippo
HJHigh Jump
HKCaptain Hook
HLHell
HMhummer
HNhoney
HOhose
HPHarry Potter
HQhockey
HRHell Raiser
HSHoward Stern
HThut
HUhunter
HVHeaven
HWHome Work
HXhelix
IACameraon Diaz
IBI-beam
ICIcarus
IDIntelligent Design
IEInternet Explorer
IFIF (Sci-FI channel "IF" bumper)
IGiguana
IHIncredible Hulk
IJinjured
IKink
ILisland
IMimprisoned
INIntel (the blue guys)
IODante's Inferno
IPIpod
IQIQ (Albert Einstein)
IRiron
ISice skates
ITcousin It (Adams Family)
IUigloo
IVIntravenous Fluid
IWY-wing (Star Wars)
IXIbex
JAjar
JBjukebox
JCJulius Caesar
JDJack Daniel's
JEJeebs
JFjelly fish
JGjug
JHJabba the Hut
JIJitters
JKjack-knife
JLJack O' Lantern
JMJust Married
JNJuggernaut (X-men)
JOJoey (Friends)
JPJurassic Park
JQJack's Quest (Jack and the bean stalk)
JRJR (name/nickname)
JSjester
JTjet
JUjungle
JVjive
JWjigsaw puzzle
JXjacks (game with ball and metal jacks)
KAkangaroo
KBkeyboard
KCKC (name/nickname)
KDBilly the Kid
KEketchup
KFKafka (Gregor from "Die Verwandlung")
KGKong (King Kong)
KHkitchen holder
KIkite
KJknee jerk
KLKal El (Superman)
KMkimono
KNknight
KOkoala
KPKey Plaque (key to the city)
KQKing/Queen (chess pieces)
KRkryptonite
KSKiss
KTkatana
KUkoosh
KVkevlar
KWkiller whale
KXKIX cereal
LAlamp
LBLazy Boy
LClocust
LDlead
LEleopard
LFLord of the Flies
LGlego
LHLight House
LIListerine
LJlodge
LKlock
LMlamb
LNlantern
LOLondon
LPLP (a record)
LQliquor
LRliar
LSLuke Skywalker
LTlottery
LUlute
LVlava
LWlawnmower
LXlaxative
MAMa (Whistler's Mother)
MBMen in Black
MCMaster of Ceremonies
MDmedia
MEMe (myself)
MFmegaphone
MGmagnet
MHMohican
MIMobile Infantry
MJMary Jane (spider man)
MKmonkey
MLMona Lisa
MNmanager
MOMolasses
MPmop
MQMortal Combat
MRMarvin (H2G2)
MSMinos
MTMinotaur
MUmule
MVMinivan
MWMech Warrior
MXMaximus
NAnaseous
NBNebuchadnezzar
NCNicademus
NDnude
NENeo
NFknife
NGNalgene bottle
NHNo Hate
NInicotine
NJninja
NKNike
NLNoel
NMNecromonger
NOgnome
NPNorth Pole
NQNerf Quarterback (the nerf football)
NRNordic Track
NSnest
NTnet
NUnuclear
NVnavy
NWNo Water
NXKnicks
OAoatmeal
OBobelisk
OCoctopus
ODoverdose
OEoptical effect
OFoutfielder
OGogre
OHone-handed (Ryan Patricio, world
champion one-handed 3x3)
OIoil
OJOJ Simpson
OKObi-wan Kenobi
OLolive
OMBuddhist monk ("aum" chant)
ONonion
OPopera
OQOld Quill
OROrbitz
OSostrich
OTOliver Twist
OUouch!
OVoven
OWowl
OXox
PAPa (man from America Gothic 1930)
PBpolar bear
PCpeacock
PDpanda
PEpenguin
PFPirate Flag
PGpiggy bank
PHpharoah
PIpie
PJPJ (name/nickname)
PKice-pick
PLpliers
PMpram
PNPeter Pan
POpostman
PQMark Twain ("mind your P's and Q's")
PRPredator
PSPencil Sharpener
PTpterodactyl
PUPunisher
PVpole vault
PWpower
PXK-Pax
QAquartz
QBquarterback
QCquaich
QDQuidditch
QEqeue
QFQuake Fiend
QGQui-Gon Jinn
QHDon Quixote
QIQuiet!
QJsqueegee
QKQuark
QLquail
QMQuail Man
QNQuinn Lewis
QOKo (a Go board)
QPQuarter Pounder
QRChronicles of Riddick (Riddick)
QSQ/Star trek (the character Q)
QTquarantine
QUquarry
QVquiver
QWNestle's Quick
QXquicksand
RARancor
RBRobocop
RCRubik's Cube
RDRubber Duckie
RERen (Ren and Stimpy)
RFReferee
RGRig
RHRohan
RIRiddler
RJRon Jeremy
RKrake
RLRed Lobster
RMRome
RNRN (registered nurse)
ROrook (chess piece)
RPrapper
RQraquetball
RSRoss (Friends)
RTrot (carion)
RUroulette
RVRV (Recreational Vehicle)
RWrow
RXT-Rex
SAsaw
SBsubmarine
SCscythe
SDStar Destroyer
SEsemaphore
SFSan Francisco
SGStargate
SHStonehenge
SISatellite
SJSlim Jim
SKskeleton
SLseal
SMSmoky the Bear
SNSonic the Hedgehog
SOsofa
SPspaghetti
SQsquirrel
SRSarah Conner
STStarship Enterprise
SUSteve Urkel
SVstarving
SWswatter
SXsaxophone
TAtank
TBtub
TCThe Tick
TDtoad
TEtent
TFTie Fighter
TGtiger
THThor
TItire
TJTrojan horse
TKtruck
TLturtle
TMtimpani
TNTinman
TOtomb
TPToilet Paper
TQtack
TRbear trap
TSTom Sawyer
TUtutu (a ballerina)
TVtelevison
TWTowel (Arthur Dent H2G2)
TXTex (a cowboy)
UAUnited Airlines
UBU-boat
UCUnicorn
UDU-derelict (the derelict from
the movie Alien)
UEUkelele
UFUFO
UGUgly
UHFrankenstein "Uuuuuuuh.."
UIunicyclist
UJJorome Eugene Morrow (GATTACA)
UKUnited Kingdom
ULunlucky
UMumbrella
UNUno (card game)
UOambiguously gay duo
UPUPS truck
UQUltra Quick (the Flash)
URurine
USUnited States
UTUltra Terminator (T1000)
UVhoverboard
UWUnder Water
UXtuxedo
VAPrince Valium (Spaceballs)
VBvolleyball
VCvacuum
VDvideo
VEvending machine
VFVenus Flytrap
VGVegas
VHVan Helsing
VIvisor
VJVirgil
VKviking
VLVlad (Count Dracula based on him)
VMVenom (spiderman)
VNVogon (H2G2)
VOvolcano
VPvampire
VQventriloquist
VRVirtual Reality
VSvase
VTvault
VUvulture
VWVolkswagon
VXvortex
WAwhale
WBweb
WCwitch
WDweed
WEwelder
WFWarf (Startrek)
WGwig
WHwhip
WIwine
WJwedge
WKwok
WLwall
WMWal-mart
WNwindow
WOwolf (werewolf)
WPweapons
WQwicker
WRwizard
WSwalrus
WTWater Tower
WUWorm-tongue (wurm)
WVweaver
WXwax
XAA-team (Mr. T)
XBBeast (X-men)
XCCyclops (X-men)
XDDark Tower (Barad-dr from LOTR)
XEelectric eel
XFPhantom of the Opera
XGGambit (X-men)
XHhelicopter
XIxylophone
XJJubilee (X-men)
XKGhengis Kahn
XLLord of the Ring (Sauron)
XMMagneto (X-men)
XNNight Crawler (X-men)
XOOroro Munro (a.k.a Storm from X-men)
XPpython
XQQuasar
XRRogue (X-men)
XSSpiderman
XTTerminator (model 101)
XUUruk-hai
XVXavier (X-men)
XWWolverine (X-men)


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