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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi, I have watched some videos of Raytheon Mathcounts Competitions and the likes on Youtube recently. I was awe struck by the shear speed that some of the players were able to solve the problems.

Some, so fast that I don't believe a human brain could actually properly solve if given to randomly with no prior experience related to that specific problem while only equipped with the foundational knowledge to solve such problems.

The players at various points blurted out correct answers within seconds before the question could even be fully read. I believe this must be like Rubiks cube competitive solvers where they have practiced so many possible situations and have memorized them into almost like the brains version of muscle memory with the solution or precise way to solve them ready at a moments notice.

The only way I can think of it is like students memorising squares, cubes and multiplicative tables that they can give off at a moments notice, except they are instead memorising outpoints and methods to more advanced problems.

Am I approximately correct in my hypothesis? I just don't know any other way they could solve so quickly. I have never engaged in competitive mathematics at any point in my life so forgive me if the answer is pretty obvious/trivial.

Some, so fast that I don't believe a human brain could actually properly solve if given to randomly with no prior experience related to that specific problem while only equipped with the foundational knowledge to solve such problems.

The players at various points blurted out correct answers within seconds before the question could even be fully read. I believe this must be like Rubiks cube competitive solvers where they have practiced so many possible situations and have memorized them into almost like the brains version of muscle memory with the solution or precise way to solve them ready at a moments notice.

The only way I can think of it is like students memorising squares, cubes and multiplicative tables that they can give off at a moments notice, except they are instead memorising outpoints and methods to more advanced problems.

Am I approximately correct in my hypothesis? I just don't know any other way they could solve so quickly. I have never engaged in competitive mathematics at any point in my life so forgive me if the answer is pretty obvious/trivial.