The quest to conquer the Rubik's Cube

About 2 weeks ago my 6 year old daughter came to me with a Rubik's Cube she got in a party pack and asked if I could put the colours together. Being a Dad (who wants to be invincible in his daughter's eyes), I had to figure it out quickly... even though I hadn't been able to do it in the 34 years since I got my first cube in the mid 80s. I remember back then I had a little black and white book explaining what to do, but it was simply too confusing to follow.

These days we have Youtube and you can pretty much find visual instructions for anything. There are many different methods to solve the Cube, the easiest being to pull it apart and stick it back to together. Even online there are many different different techniques. I opted to follow the eight part algorithm method of LOUIE'S TUTORIALS. It took me about 9 hours to become familiar with it and another week to memorise the algorithms without looking at the clips again (or my notes). I'm now down to about 3 minutes to solve the Rubik's Cube... and I'm a rock star in my daughter's eyes!

Here's Louie's tutorial...

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(Just a note. If you're using a really cheap Rubik's Cube, the opposite colours are not always the same, which initially caused me much head scratching. A proper Rubik's Cube should have yellow as the opposite colour to white).

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