Alternate Solution

Square 1 is a mixture of small wedges, large wedges, and two **trapezoids**. The two **trapezoids** belong in the equator (middle layer) of the puzzle, and must be joined together:

likethis: |
or likethat: |

Once the trapezoids are joined together, the puzzle is automatically at 3 distinct layers. This is way too easy, for two reasons:

- No matter how badly the puzzle is scrambled, you are (at the most) only ONE move away from getting there.
- At that point, it was the ONLY move you could have made here anyway!

Once the puzzle is at 3 distinct layers, it can appear as one of many (90, to be exact) geometric shapes. There are just too many permutations to memorize, so the easiest way I can think of is to follow this simple rule:

Fill an outside layer (top or bottom) with 6 large wedges. This will force the other side to have 2 large wedges and 8 small wedges. There are only 5 possible combinations for that mixture, therefore there will be only 5 tranformations to memorize afterwards.

As you become more familiar with and accustomed to the puzzle, then you will find it easier to get six large wedges on one layer all by yourself without the charts, and all you really had to do was play around with it for a few days. The **key** is to get three large wedges next to each other on both layers. Here is one **example:**

*Note: There is no need to memorize the above table; it is merely an example*.

Once one layer is filled with 6 large wedges, then it is time to **memorize** the chart below to transform the puzzle to its final shape, the CUBE; or at least **practice** it enough so it becomes second nature.

The 5 possible **starting postions** are shaded in **gray**. Find your *pole position* and follow the arrows until you arrive at the *finish line*. To make a move, start off by setting the top and bottom layers just like one of the diagrams, then give the entire right side a twist. After that, turn the top and/or bottom layer so that they match the next diagram, before doing the twist again.

...and if the equator still needs fixing... |

NOTE: The **front edges** of the top and bottom layers are pointing **towards** each other in the diagrams.

Meanwhile, the vertical line represents the **slice** in the equator.

Due to the avalanche of protests and confusion via e-mail, I was forced to re-invent a different kind of notation.

Hopefully, this will be easier to understand...

## t- |
Rotate the top layer 30 degrees
(1/12 of-a-turn) to the left.Note: a small wedge is 30 degrees wide. |

## t-2 |
Rotate the top layer 60 degrees
(1/6 of-a-turn) to the left.Note: a large wedge is 60 degrees wide. |

## t-3 |
Rotate the top layer 90 degrees
(1/4 of-a-turn) to the left. |

## t6 |
Rotate the top layer 180 degrees
(half-way around). |

## t+3 |
Rotate the top layer 90 degrees
(1/4 of-a-turn) to the right. |

## t+2 |
Rotate the top layer 60 degrees
(1/6 of-a-turn) to the right. |

## t+ |
Rotate the top layer 30 degrees
(1/12 of-a-turn) to the right. |

## / |
Twist the entire RIGHT SIDE half-way around! |

## b- |
Rotate the bottom layer 30 degrees
(1/12 of-a-turn) to the left. |

## b-2 |
Rotate the bottom layer 60 degrees
(1/6 of-a-turn) to the left. |

## b-3 |
Rotate the bottom layer 90 degrees
(1/4 of-a-turn) to the left. |

## b6 |
Rotate the bottom layer 180 degrees
(half-way around). |

## b+3 |
Rotate the bottom layer 90 degrees
(1/4 of-a-turn) to the right. |

## b+2 |
Rotate the bottom layer 60 degrees
(1/6 of-a-turn) to the right.Note: a large wedge is 60 degrees wide. |

## b+ |
Rotate the bottom layer 30 degrees
(1/12 of-a-turn) to the right.Note: a small wedge is 30 degrees wide. |

Basically you get the idea: **t** for *top* and **b** for *bottom*; **plus** for *right* and **minus** for *left*, followed by the number of **increments** (*1,2,3*... etc.); and finally a **/slash/** for turning the right-sided chunk of the puzzle half-way around.

Because the **Square 1** puzzle has a tendency to mutate into so many bizzare shapes, I will try to keep things as **orthogonal** as possible; in other words, I *almost* promise to keep the top and bottom layers square throughout the solution. I also *almost* promise to keep each move itself at right-angle increments, with the minor exception of the +1 or -1 moves that lead and trail for each sequence.

*Once the puzzle is transformed into a cube, you only have to memorize ten sequences to solve the colors, starting right NOW...*

Now that we are aquainted with the notation, it is time to learn your **first lesson** by solving the equator.

## b- / t6 / t6 / b+ |

This is probably the most important move to memorize, as there will be times when the equator accidentally gets out of shape. After the move is over, the equator is square again, and the top and bottom layers are left exactly as they were before.

**NEXT:**
**Solve the Top Corners**

@ Top Edges @ Polarization @ Bottom Edges