## Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube

There are a lot of solutions to the Rubik's Cube. Many of them are complicated. Maybe this one will be to you. But for me, this is the solution that is easiest to understand and to remember. It's definitely not optimal either in terms of time to completion nor in terms of moves to completion. It consists of seven stages and six algorithms.

An algorithm might look something like: D L D' L' D' F' D F. Each letter means to turn the corresponding face one rotation. Clockwise if there is no tic mark, counterclockwise if there is. Each face has a middle piece which defines the color for that face, four edge pieces which form a cross with the middle piece, and four corner pieces which form the diagonals across that face. The faces are:

Upper layer    Second layer edges    Flip cube    Upper layer edges orient    Upper layer edges position    Upper layer corners position    Upper layer corners orient

In order to do this, you'll need to find the edge you want to move on the bottom layer. You'll then want to move this piece either to the left or to the right as so:
 Left   D L D' L' D' F' D F Right   D' R' D R D F D' F'

Now you have the first two layers solved. Just flip the cube upside down so that the unsolved layer is now the U face. This isn't even really a stage but it's here so that from now on we can talk about solving the Upper face instead of solving the Bottom face.

At the end of this stage you will have the Upper edges correctly oriented (i.e. with the correct color pointing up so that you can see a cross). They won't necessarily be in the right position, but that's what we do in the next stage. At the beginning of this stage, your upper face will look like one of the following:

 Figure out which of these looks like your Upper face and use this algorithm to change it to next image on the right. Repeat until you have a cross as in the final image on the right. F R U R' U' F' By the way, I use "fruit-roof" as a mnemonic for this. [The Front face for these images is hanging off the left side.]
 R U R' U R U U R'
 R' U L U' R U L' U'

 while misoriented corners exist {    U until bad corner at RFU    do ( R ' D' R D ) until original RFU correctly oriented } U and/or D to completely solve

Here's a little cheat sheet with all of this same info that my friend Ben McClelland wrote: , or as a PDF.