The Bandaged 2×2×2 is a 2×2×2 Rubik's Cube where two pairs of corners are fused together to become 2×1×1 blocks. The puzzle therefore has four normal corner cubes and two fused blocks. In the solved position the fused blocks are not parallel.

There are 7 arrangements that the two fused blocks can have relative to each other. The unbandaged corners can only be permuted in a 4-cycle, so have just 4 permutations. They can only be twisted by the same amount (though in alternating directions), and so have just 3 orientations. Together this gives 7·4·3 = 84 positions that can be reached.

The table below shows how many moves each position of the Bandaged 2×2×2 needs to solve. It shows the puzzle can be solved in no more than 10 moves (5.4167 on average) or 15 quarter turns (7.8095 on average).

Face turn metric | |||||||||||||
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Q T M |
0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Total | |

0 | 1 | 1 | |||||||||||

1 | 2 | 2 | |||||||||||

2 | 1 | 4 | 5 | ||||||||||

3 | 2 | 4 | 6 | ||||||||||

4 | 6 | 6 | |||||||||||

5 | 2 | 8 | 10 | ||||||||||

6 | 6 | 6 | |||||||||||

7 | 6 | 6 | |||||||||||

8 | 2 | 4 | 6 | ||||||||||

9 | 4 | 4 | |||||||||||

10 | 8 | 8 | |||||||||||

11 | 4 | 4 | |||||||||||

12 | 6 | 6 | |||||||||||

13 | 2 | 4 | 6 | ||||||||||

14 | 4 | 4 | |||||||||||

15 | 4 | 4 | |||||||||||

Total | 1 | 3 | 6 | 12 | 14 | 8 | 8 | 12 | 8 | 8 | 4 | 84 |

Hold the puzzle with one fused block along the bottom left edge of the cube. There are only two faces that might be able to be moved - the top face, denoted by U, and the right face, denoted by R. A clockwise quarter turn of a face is denoted by the letter of the face, i.e. U or R. Anti-clockwise turns are denoted by an apostrophe, i.e. U' or R', and half turns by a 2, i.e. U2 or R2.

- Hold the puzzle with one fused block along the bottom left edge of the cube.
- Look at the colour at the front of the bottom-left fused block. If the other fused block contains that colour, then turn the puzzle around so that the bottom-left fused block becomes flipped around to put that colour at the back.
- Do whatever turns of the U and R faces you need in order to bring the second fused block to the bottom-right location.
- Turn U until the correct piece is at the front-left corner location, though possibly in the wrong orientation.
- Depending on whether the front left corner needs to be twisted in order to make its colours
match the bottom-left block, do one of the following:
- No twist: R'
- Clockwise twist: U R2 U2 R U2 R
- Anti-clockwise twist: R2 U2 R' U2 R2 U' R'