IntroductionKevin and I have been going back and forth discussing ways to solve the 6x6x6 in which parity is not a problem. There have been references to SuperAntonioVivaldi and Twisty Puzzling and their methods. I made an attempt to utilize some of their techniques to come up with a way to solve the 6x6x6 in a different way than I normally solve big cubes. In the end I decided my old method suits me best.
One Last ExperimentKevin's focus in solving the 6x6x6 without parity is to reduce it, not to a 3x3x3, but to a 2x2x2. Today I thought it would be interesting to use my old method, with a minor change, to do just that. When solving the corners early in the solve, instead of orienting and permuting them, I would only orient them. Then when solving the rest of the puzzle using my old method, I would solve to the corners, wherever they happened to be. In other words, I would use my old method to reduce the 6x6x6 to a 2x2x2. It complicated things a bit both visually and in eliminating some shortcuts and options during the solve, but it is pretty much using my old method to reduce the 6x6x6 to a 2x2x2. See for yourself.
|White and Yellow Centers|
|Fill in 3 of the 4 White Edge Rows|
|Fill in 3 Yellow Edge Rows|
|Insert Last Yellow Edge Backward into Whites|
|Solving White Solves the Yellow Too|
|Middle Layer Edges on the White Half of the Puzzle|
|Middle Layer Edges on the Yellow Half|
|Making Progress on Centers|