One of the first things I had to do was be able to recognize the colors

for each of my positions. I used the numbering scheme on

http://www.cubefreak.net I chose blue as my top and green as my

front, mainly because the java app on

http://www.cubefreak.net had the

cube oriented that way and it was easier for me to visualize what the

algorithms were doing and what it should look like when it was done.

I practice the algorithms on both a solved cube and a scrambled cube.

Practicing means I was looking at the algorithm on a cheat sheet and

executing them on the cube under the table. Of course I looked after I

had executed the algorithm to see if I done it right. If I ended up

scrambling it accidentally while practicing an algorithm on a solved

cube (which happened quite a few times) I had co-worker, Mike Hughey

solve it for me.

Initially I stared with only the corner algorithms until I had those

algorithms memorized. I even tried solving just the corners on a 3x3,

which I guess technically was a blindfold 2x2.

Then I worked on edges which took me a while, but I didn't try just

solving the edges on a scrambled cube. If I needed the cube solved I

gave it to Mike and he solved it.

When I was actually trying to solve it blindfolded and failed, Mike, who

is very patient, would solve it so I could scramble it again. Initially

I was just messing it up randomly, then he pointed me to JNetCube which

I started using.

Of course technically I could after having memorized all the algorithms

(or just some of the really key one) could have solved it sighted, I

just didn't solve one unless it was blindfolded.

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speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com, Clancy Cochran

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> i think it would easy to follow along with the solution book or a

website to solve it regularly without knowing the full method, then

apply the scramble. i'm sure he means its his first solve without some

sort of cheat sheet or external help. either that or he just buys a new

one everytime :)

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> James Stuber jestuber@... wrote:

Congratulations!

> How did you do the scramble given above without a solved cube? Did

you have

> someone else solve it first?

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