Hi everyone,

I've just joined this site after being baffled for a while by a Sodokube but while I'm here I'd also ask a few questions about solving a standard one. (Apologies if I am repeating previous posts, I'm accessing via a smart phone and would take ages to read lots of previous threads!)

Firstly, on a standard 3x3 cube I use the standard beginners method (I think) apart from on the first face where I use my own method I made myself when I was a child (don't know if it has a name, its very quick and easy though...) Anyways... I'm wondering which other methods there are to do it faster and if you could point me towards any algorithms.

Secondly, I have recently came across a Sodokube which I'm attempting to solve and I have a few questions... Is it correct that all numbers have to be the same way up?... As I have done a drawn out on paper solution in which the numbers are randomly arranged on each side... following this I can complete the first and second layer but the cross on the top layer has two cubes in the wrong place no matter what I do.. I need and algorithm to swap the top edge with the left edge on the cross... Any ideas?... The usual algorithm for correcting the edge pieces doesn't seem to move them...

If the pieces all have to be the same way up I'm having trouble conceiving how I would begin to solve this even on paper... Any tips? I tried drawing it out various ways but it just doesn't seem to work....