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3x3x3 Solution 1, Bottom Layer Edges

REMEMBER:  Before starting any algorithm, make sure that the front (dark grey) face is facing you and the top layer is on the top.

Making a yellow cross on the bottom face as shown on the diagram to the left is what you are trying to achieve in this section. Note that you will not only be making the yellow cross on the bottom face but you will also be lining up the other coloured faces on the edge with the same coloured centre on the side faces of the cube.

The Edges

For the purpose of this exercise I will use the red and yellow faced edge.

If the red face on the edge is next to the red centre follow the appropriate moves in 1-3 below.

1.   2.   2a.   3.
Front face dark grey.   Front face dark grey.   Front face dark grey.   Front face dark grey.
     
If the yellow faces line up but the red faces don't and this is the first bottom edge you are putting in place, simply rotate the bottom layer until the red faces line up as above.  
F
Front face
Clockwise
 
F'
Front face
Anti-clock
 
F2
Front face
Clockwise
Front face
Clockwise

Note: In 4, 5, 5a and 6 you may disturb an edge on the bottom layer that was in the right place. If you have disturbed an edge that was in the right place on the bottom layer you must also perform the red moves in the algorithm to restore the disturbed edge.

If the red face on the edge is not next to the red centre perform the black moves below to place the yellow face of the edge on the top face of the cube. Then rotate the top layer until the red face on the edge lines up with the red centre as in 3 above, then perform algorithm 3.

4.   4a.
Front face dark grey.   Front face dark grey.
 
F' R U' R'
Front face
Anti-clock
Right face
Clockwise
Up face
Anti-clock
Right face
Anti-clock
 
F2
Front face
Clockwise
Front face
Clockwise

 

5.   5a.   6.
Front face dark grey.   Front face dark grey.   Front face dark grey.
   
R U R'
Right face
Clockwise
Up face
Clockwise
Right face
Anti-clock
 
L' U' L
Left Face
Anti-clock
Up face
Anti-clock
Left face
Clockwise
 
F R U' R' F'
Front face
Clockwise
Right face
Clockwise
Up face
Anti-clock
Right face
Anti-clock
Front face
Anti-clock

Follow the instructions on this page to put all of the bottom layer edges in place.

Once you have your cross on the bottom layer with the side faces on the edges matching the adjacent centres you are ready to start working on the 3x3x3 First/Bottom Layer Corners

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