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Step 7 – (Plain Version)
Step 7 – (Theatrical Version)
Goal for this step:
Make the final corners on each side match colors!
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Okay, so assuming you are an expert on the stuff you’ve learned so far, we will continue. To solve the corners, you first need to memorize these 9 moves below. Don’t continue until you can recite them in a dark room while jumping on your bed. (be careful)
- Counter, Clock, Counter, Flip, Clock
- Counter, Counter, Flip, Flip
As with some other steps, this one has a pattern too. The pattern is pretty simple.
- Right, Front, Right, Back
Imagine it goes on forever: Right, Front, Right, Back, – Right, Front, Right, Back, – Right, Front, Right, Back, – Right, Front, Right, Back, – Right, Front, Right, Back, – Right, Front, Right, Back…
You don’t really need to memorize those words, but to get a feel for the movement, place your left thumb on the cube as shown below. Your left thumb will never move. It will stay there during the main moves. As a practice, use your right index finger to trace the pattern around the thumb. As always, where do we start a pattern???? We start on the right. Then, it goes down around the thumb. Then hits a dead-end and goes all the way around. And then keeps going forever.
Check for matching corners
Look on all the sides of your cube. Any matching corners? If you find a match, turn the top of the cube until the matching colors end up on the correct side. After that, look for the side that is the most complete for solving the Rubik’s cube. Position the cube so that the most complete side of the cube is facing towards the back.
If you can’t find any matching sides, that’s okay. You can proceed to the main moves.
Do the Main Moves
Counter, Clock, Counter, Flip, Clock — Counter, Counter, Flip, Flip
Using what we’ve learned, we will combine the 9 moves we memorized, and the pattern.
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Check for matching corners
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7 thoughts on “Step 7 – Thumbs Up For Final Corners”
What is flip I’ve done algorithms from other sites but this one looks easiest if I can tell what flip is
Nick, it might help to refer to the images for “Flip”. But, It is simply taking a specific side of the cube and doing a 180. Bottom becomes top, Top becomes bottom. (just like on the Daisy step)
This step doesn’t work! I’ve done it so many time to make sure im following the instructions correctly but it keeps messing up all the faces! What’s going wrong?
Gemman, no worries. I’ve been there! Trust me, it works. Go back to the instructions for that move, step by step. There could be a small part you are missing.
The step works! Just make sure when you are doing the back side you turn it twice so it is a real flip. Otherwise it wont work. I didn’t actually flip it a couple of times and thought the same thing. I am grateful for these easy and straightforward directions!
I’ve had trouble remembering the nine moves for this stage, so I’ve been working on a mnemonic using the first letters of each move. This is what I’ve come up with so far — feel free to improve upon it:
“COunty CLerks COst Forty CLams — COuncillors COst Fifty-Five”
(COunter, CLock, COunter, Flip, CLock — COunter, COunter, Flip, Flip)
That’s interesting. If that works for you, than that’s great! For me, I have found the easiest way it to say it with a cadence or rhythm. Emphasize the word “clock”. and say each matching word with the same emphasis.
“Counter (FLIP) CLOCK”
then I like to say this last part casual:
…….counter counter flip flip