L-Shape OLLs (##47-50, 53-54)

My last tutorial focussed on the Frying Pan OLLs, which I described as the two L-shape patterns with a bar on the side. A youtube commenter quickly pointed out that there were, in fact, four L-shape OLLs with a bar on the side– the two Frying Pan ones (##53-54) and the two Squeezy ones (##49-50). I promised to do a new tutorial that added the Squeezies. Then I realized that there are a total of only six L-shape cases. So, why not add the Breaknecks (##47-48), too, and make it a comprehensive L-shape OLL tutorial?

The video below does just that. While the algorithms are not necessarily hard to execute — for the Squeezies, it’s just about finding the right finger-tricks and flow — the six cases are easy to confuse. Below the video are the algs and some simple rules to help distinguish and orient the cases.

(puzzle: Maru CX3 w/ stock stickers)

Here are the algs:

OLL 47(Anti-Breakneck)

R’ U’ (R’ F R F’)2 U R

setup: R’ U’ (F R’ F’ R) (F R’ F’ R) U R

And here are the orientation “rules”:

1. If there’s a bar (corner-edge-corner grouping facing out), orient it to the left.
2. If orienting the bar left puts headlights (two corners, but no edge) facing right, it is a Frying Pan case.
– If L is toward the back of the top face, it is the anti- case (#54)
– If L is toward the front of the top face, it is the main case (#53)
3. If orienting the bar left makes the right side of the top layer blank (no corners or edge facing out), it is a Squeezy case.
– If L is toward the back of the top face, it is the right-back case — duh! (#49)
– If L is toward the front of the top face, it is the right-front case (#50)
4. With the Squeezy and Frying pan cases, first turn will be a wide-right toward the L.
– Rw (or r), if L is toward the back of the top face
– Rw’ (or r’), if L is toward the front of the top face
5. If there is no bar on any of the four sides of the top layer, it is a Breakneck. Orient the adjacent out-facing edge and corner stickers to the front.
– If L is toward the left of the top face, it is the main case (#48)
– If L is toward the right of the top face, it is the anti- case (#47)

Another set of OLLs down….

2 thoughts on “L-Shape OLLs (##47-50, 53-54)”

1. Jonathan March 29, 2014 / 11:27 pm

I see you’re still using the gray stickers in place of yellow. I never saw an update on whether or not you still liked it now that you’ve had it that way for awhile. I’m considering doing it myself. I have a hard time distinguishing the white and yellow in low light. The fluorescent yellow cubesmith stickers are better but still not great. Should I switch to gray? I probably won’t bother if you think it’s not worth it.

• Adventures in Cubing April 5, 2014 / 10:36 pm

Yes, I’m still using them. On white cubes, I much prefer gray on top and black on bottom. The contrast is better, and I like the way it looks.