Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Scramblers

I have been using a scrambler from At least I thought it was. This morning I looked for it and found a different one at their site. I don't know why but today I wondered if there was a better one out there anywhere. I found one at Sounds pretty official. I got a scramble from there this morning. I don't know if it is different in some way or if it is simply coincidence, but this one doesn't have any 3-cycles in the edges or corners. The edges are a 12-cycle and the corners have one solved, a swap, and a 5-cycle. So the whole solve will be using the one-by-one swapper. Here it is.

L' D' R2 B F2 D L2 R2 U' L2 R2 U2 F' L2 U2 L2 U2 R2 B2 F2 U' F2 L2
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July 17, 2017
I put the scramble on a couple cubes and then we went on a road trip / train ride adventure. Took tons of pictures and I haven't even blogged former sets of pictures yet. I have trouble keeping up with more than one thing at a time and right now I am trying to master the skill of solving a Rubik's Cube with my eyes closed. On the train ride home I figured it was time to try this one. I recruited Annie's help in memorizing the story. Marae and Alex were also in the seat. Part way through the solve Marae tells me I messed up and it was getting more and more scrambled. I opened my eyes. Nope. I hadn't messed up. I don't know what she saw that made her think that but I do believe she honestly thought I had messed up. I continued. A minute or so later Alex started telling me it was solved and I could open my eyes. I knew it wasn't. He was just trying to be funny.

I just noticed the plan above. It is wrong. As I was memorizing I realized that there were an odd number of edge swaps so the corner plan was not correct. I had to redo it.


Commutators Rock

R2 D' B D B2 D' R2 B U2 B R B' R' B' R2 F' L B R' D2 B' U' F' R2 B'
D then roll red to top. 3-cycle L U2 D
Papa likes 4 cookies
Roll Yellow to front and do an edge 3-cycle of Vic juices beans
Twist S clockFlip B

This one was able to be done with a mix of a commutator along with the one-by-one swapper on both the corners and the edges! On my first attempt I did not include the final twist and flip but otherwise was good. On my second attempt I got it.

I am learning more about mastering 3-cycles. I like.

BLD goals? Be able to solve a scramble on my first try again. Be able to solve on my first try twice in a row. And an ultimate, down-the-line goal is to be able to do it without the spreadsheet—just all in my head.