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Step 5 – The Furry Yellow Plus

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Goal for this step:

Create a yellow plus sign on the yellow side!



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What’s with the fur on the yellow plus?

So our next step is making a yellow plus. But in the image above, the yellow plus is covered with fur? Why??? To get into your head that fur and the yellow plus go together. When you think of the yellow plus, think of fur.

We will need to remember these letters: F.U.R. — U. R. F.

Close your eyes and try to recite all six letters in a row. Say out loud, “F”, “U”, “R”  then pause and continue with “U”, “R”, “F”.

When you can say those six letters without looking, then continue to the next part.

FUR is clockwise… URF is counter clockwise

The three letters F.U.R. represent clockwise moves. The letters U.R.F. represent counter clockwise moves. The six move are actually pretty easy once you do them a few times. They actually stand for Front, Up, Right, Up, Right, Front. When you are making the moves you should actually say out loud: “F”, “U”, “R” …. “U”, “R”, “F”.

Look at the image below. It shows you what FUR- URF actually stand for. These are the moves you will be making.


Reposition the cube so that the yellow side is facing up.


Go through the six moves:

  1. Front side clockwise
  2. Up side (top) clockwise
  3. Right side clockwise
  4. Up side (top) counter clockwise
  5. Right side  counter clockwise
  6. Front side counter clockwise

What pattern do you see?

Okay, so you did the FUR – URF moves. Great! Now what? Well, take a look at the top of your cube. You will see one of the four patterns below. If at first you don’ t see a pattern, look again, it might be hard to see at first since random yellow pieces are there too. Trust me: one of the four patterns below are on the top of your cube.

When you see certain patterns you just have to turn the top of your cube so the pattern is oriented to match the corresponding image below.

(Note: If you ever see white on the top of your cube… you did the move incorrectly. If that happens, don’t panic. Just try to fix your whites and then solve whatever step you seem to be on.)

So you may end up doing the FUR – URF move a few times before it finally becomes the yellow plus. Remember, when you find certain patterns they may not be pointing the correct direction. The example below shows a boomerang, but it is pointing the wrong direction. (Having trouble memorizing all these steps for the cube? Check out my cheat sheet.) 


Repeat until you get yellow plus

Just keep doing the FUR – URF move. You might find the line… make sure its’ horizontal. Then do the FUR – URF again… then maybe you find the boomerang… make sure its pointing up and to the left… then finally you might find the yellow plus! Then you’re done! Note: Sometimes the yellow plus appears on the first try! Lucky!

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Take the 5 minute challenge!

Now scramble your cube! See if you can go through all the previous steps and get to the yellow plus. If you can do it around five minutes, then you are ready for the next step!

“I have scrambled the cube and have solved to the yellow plus in around 5 minutes. Ready for the next step!”


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