The first layer is the top. Say the top is blue and you are trying to get the red/yellow edge in position. Assume the red/yellow edge is somewhere on the bottom layer (and you can almost always choose the next edge to attack such that this is the case; if you can't then just do this move and then you will be able to).

Further assume, without loss of generality, that we are looking at the red face and the red/yellow edge is at the bottom of the face with yellow on the bottom and red facing us. What we basically want to do is move that edge anticlockwise so that it ends up between red and yellow.

The move to do this is:

L'U'F'ULF'BF

]]>– Erno Rubik

I applaud your efforts, and congratulate you on your success. It's been fun following your trials, however brief. Your quick with puzzles. The inventor was 29 when he create and solved the cube, but the solving bit took about a month, a time during which he remained uncertain it was possible to find a method back to the solution. When you explained your found method for permuting 3 corners, I was quite impressed, but decided not to mention anything about how Lars' method contained this step – didn't want to taint the experiment ðŸ™‚ I was extra pleased that you seemed to find an alternative way to accomplish it. This is why I asked you for the sequence – I was quite curious. Have you compared since, and does your 3-corners trick create the same result? On a final note, 5 minutes is impressive.

I have a rather quick way from 2x3x3 to 3x3x3 if you're interested. Though it's not *quite* a set move, it does reduce it to far less than even a bit random. I imagine it's what Lars sees, or intends, but as I didn't quite pick it up directly from his instructions, it remains one of the few bits of the solution to which I feel I've contributed.