The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1981
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What it is not is a book to enable you to win speed-cubing championships with times of under 30 seconds - it's not meant to be and if you're looking for that there are alternatives elsewhere. However many of those (books and websites) are written by hard-core geeks who have more trouble expressing themselves in prose than James Nourse and take a somewhat devil-take-the-hindmost approach. With those, too, if your cube's colours don't match the author's, you are likely to get confused by the different combinations in the diagrams, whereas this book uses shadings so that any colour can be represented.
What I like about this book, as well as its user-friendly approach, is that it provides short-cuts and thought-provoking challenges to enable you to learn to solve the cube faster, but through your own insights, led from within the safe framework the author provides. If you know this method, and want to get faster/flasher later, it provides a decent basis for systems like the 'CFOP' (Fridrich) as it hints you can combine stages 2 and 3 into the 'first two layers' set of sequences. The author also encourages you to try different sequences of moves from a solved position to find out what they do and then use them, which provides hours of rewarding fun for those wishing to go a bit further. In short, there is more to this book than just a plodding round-the-houses method, whilst at the same time it is a more appropriate starting-point for most people than an ultimately slicker method like Dan Harris's Speed Solving the Cube: Easy to Follow, Step-by-step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles which I have bought last year and am also enjoying getting to grips with but I can't imagine being able to understand if I was going from scratch.
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