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Easiest Solve For a Rubik's Cube | Beginners Guide/Examples | STEP 2

 

 

Your Goal for Step 2:

Your goal is to make a white “plus sign” on the top of your cube. The tips of the plus sign will have two matching colors on every side of the cube.

2 cubes with a white plus on top. Each tip of the plus is touching two colors that match on the perpendicular side. A white plus in between the two cubes.

Look at the top and front of the cube (of course, Daisy side is up)

On our last step we completed the daisy. Turn your cube so you are looking at just the TOP and FRONT only.

A completed daisy has a yellow middle and 4 white squares surrounding it. Face the cube so you can only see top and front. The top side points to the ceiling and the front side is the side pointing towards you.

 

1 – Which color is the daisy’s petal touching?

Look at the daisy. Daisy is a flower, right? Well flowers have petals. Notice that one of the daisy’s flower petals are pointing at us. Look at the tip of the petal. Notice the color of the piece that the petal is touching.

Three example cubes. From left to right, first cube has a green square on the adjacent side of the white square. Petal tip is green. Second cube has a red square on the adjacent side of the white square. Petal tip is red. Third cube has a orange square on the adjacent side of the white square. Petal tip is orange.

 

In this image below, the petal is touching this green piece. So our petal tip is green!

First cube has a green square on the adjacent side of the white square. Petal tip is green!

 

2 – Find the Matching Side!

Since our petal tip is GREEN in this example, we need to search for the GREEN side. Let’s make our first move! Look at the front of your cube. It has 3 layers going up and down. Hold layer 1 still with your left hand. With your right hand, grab layers 2 and 3 and rotate them once to the right.

Front side of cube is divided into 3 horizontal layers. Bottom layer is layer 3. Middle layer is layer 2. Layer closest to top of cube is layer 1. Look at the front. The cube has 3 layers. Hold layer 1 with your left hand. Twist layer 2 and 3 with your right hand.

The front of our cube looks different now. Look at our center piece. What color is it? Is the center green? No. We try again.

Cube with orange middle facing forward. Center piece isn't green! We need to keep searching. Hold layer 1 with your left hand. Twist layer 2 and 3 with your right hand.

Okay, now our front has changed again. What color is the center piece? Green! We found the match!

Green middle piece facing forward. We found the green side! The square above it is also green. Now the colors match!

 

3 – Get Rid of the White Petal!

Now that we have the colors under that petal matching, it’s time to kill that petal!  Flip the green side in a complete 180. (just flip it upside down)

A cube with arrows for spinning the front of the cube. Flip the front upside down. Notice the white petal was sent to the bottom. This is correct.

 

4 – Next Petal!

Let’s take a look at another petal. You’ll find one on another side. Choose another petal to work on and make sure it’s facing you.

Cube with 3 white squares surrounding a yellow piece on top. 1 white piece is missing. This petal is done. How many petals do we have left? 3 to go! Let's look at another side. Find a side that still has a petal.

Now simply repeat what we did before.

A cube with orange piece on front touching white piece on top. 1. Identify the petal tip. (This one is orange.) 2. Search for matching side for that color. 3. Stop turning when you find the matching color. 4. Flip that side upside down.

 

Do it to all the Petals!

Now we have two petals left. We repeat this process until all petals are gone!

Cube with a yellow center on top. Instead of being surrounded by 4 white squares, it only has 2. Only 2 petals left! Repeat the process until your daisy has no petals left!

Turn the Cube Over

Now that all of the petals are gone, we’re finished!  (Look on the other side of your cube.)

Cube with no daisy pattern on top. You're done! Now look at the other side of the cube! Cube is turned over and reveals a plus shape on top of the cube made up of white squares.

On the white side of your cube, you should see the white plus. You’re finished with this step if:

  • You see a white plus.
  • Each tip of the white plus has two matching colors down each side.

WARNING: Just because you see a white plus, doesn’t mean you did it correctly. Make sure that each tip of the white plus has two matching colors down each side.

Multiple examples of cube with white plus on top. The examples with 2 matching colors coming down each side are correct. Those with sides with mis-matching colors are not correct.

Creating the “white plus”  is actually pretty easy once you do it a few times. Completely scramble the cube and create the white plus over and over again. Get really good at it.

 

Get A Cube.

Some have wondered what cube I use. Happy to help. I’m use the Classic Rubik’s Cube https://amzn.to/3xiB64y   …If that is too old-school, here is the AP-enabled cube, which is pretty cool looking. https://amzn.to/3GYXy7d

 

 

Your 1 minute Challenge!

A timer made up of cubes for 1 minute

Don’t proceed until you can go from a completely scrambled cube to a finished “White Plus” in about 1 minute! Sound hard? Can you at least get close to a minute? Get out the timer. Lets see your skills!

Your Skill Ranking for “White Plus”:

  • 2:00 – Keep Practicing!
  • 1:30 – Pretty Good! Proceed to next step!
  • 1:00 – Your Awesome! Proceed to next step!
  • 0:30 – What??? Your crazy fast! Keep going!

Post below what your first few times are. Really curious how quickly your time will improve. After you get good, I’ll see you on the next step.

“I can solve the White Plus in about a minute and am ready for the next step.”

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