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Anyone here speedcube?

  1. Jun 12, 2010 #1
    I'm just wondering if anyone on the PF ever solves the Rubik's cube competitively or with a relatively fast time. I'm currently at a 25 second average and once I get to sub 20 by the end of July, I'll join some competitions for fun. I'm also trying to solve the Rubik's cube blindfolded, but it takes me about 4 and a half minutes on average (when it's not a DNF, of course). It's really not that hard to improve your times by the way in case you're interested. I solved the 3x3 in around 2 minutes last month and I've been improving ever since.
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2010 #2

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    There was a time when the cubes were on bar-counters and cafe tables all over the place. I drank a lot of free beers betting people that I could solve a cube in under 2 minutes, but I never worked at it long enough to do it reliably in under a minute.
     
  4. Jun 12, 2010 #3
    I really respect people who could solve the Rubik's cube back then since there were no published methods or much help for people to learn how to solve it. I doubt I could solve the Rubik's cube without already knowing all the algorithms needed and trying to make my own. It was remarkable just it solving back then, but now there's a plethora of different methods, most explained very well so that literally anyone can solve it.
     
  5. Jun 12, 2010 #4

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    It was pretty gnarly when the cubes first came out, but if you were persistent, you could derive some rules. I used to like starting with a solved cube, and figure out how to get a corner or edge piece moved to a different location with X orientation. That got me going, though extrapolating to series of moves that change a lot of stuff simultaneously was an uphill slog.
     
  6. Jun 13, 2010 #5
    I can solve the Rubik's cube fairly quickly. It usually takes me something like 30 seconds, my fastest time is 21 seconds and a bit. I could improve my times a lot by learning all the algorithms for the last layer, but I don't really consider it worth the effort as I have no interest in cubing competitively.
     
  7. Jun 14, 2010 #6
    Do you use the Fridrich/CFOP method?
     
  8. Jun 14, 2010 #7
    Yeah, I use the intuitive Fridrich method for the first two layers and a two-look approach for the last layer.
     
  9. Jun 14, 2010 #8

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    I have a 3 year old cube thats sitting on my desk and still unfinished.
     
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