Date: 5 Dec 1980 00:29 PST
From: Woods.PA at PARC-MAXC
Subject: Re: DR's message of 4 DEC 1980 2300-EST
To: DR at MIT-MC (David M. Raitzin)
cc: CUBE-LOVERS at MIT-MC
I've hardly ever found two people who solve the same way. The most
common method I've found around Stanford is to go for all the edges,
then the corners. My own method is to get the top corners, then the
top edges (via operations like -l r f^2 l -r & similar tweaks) then three of
the middle edges (via things like l^2 u^2 r^x u^2 l^2, where x=1, 2, or -1),
then get the other four corners in the right place (requiring at most one
corner-swap, for which I have a fairly simple macro), then get those four
corners oriented using the "rFUfuR" commutator macro, which also randomly
alters the remaining middle edge, then get the last five edges, then flip
edges as necessary. My typical time is about 5 minutes. "Best" times are
meaningless, since anybody can luck out once or twice; the best measure
of your solving speed (in my opinion) is your WORST solving time over
your most recent ten or so attempts. Of course, for real fun, pick some
pretty pattern and solve to it without going through the normal solved state!
-- Don.