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Top edges, top corners, middle edges, bottom edges, bottom

corner placing, bottom corner orientation. Takes me about 4

minutes, but I'm out of practice. None of the steps requires

any real unusual tools. I suspect I got in the habit of

solving the cube in that order because the initial challenge

was "get one face". Then I realized that the next step must

surely be "get one face so that it matches the center

faces of the sides".

The beauty of the cube is that, unlike Instant Insanity

or its cousins, the Cube's solutaion can not be stumbled

across by accident. Instead, it's a learning experience,

as you learn to manipulate things, then to manipulate

cubies without messing up what you already have

done. This gets progressively more sophisticated as

more of the cube comes into place. Definitely the

most satisfying puzzle I've ever dealt with. However,

I'd be interested to find out how many as-yet-unsolved

Cubes are sitting even now on the shelves of disgusted customers

who thought they were great puzzlists because they solved Soma,

but weren't patient enough to figure out how to get those

last two corner cubies oriented right.

Mike -------