# Negative Time Solving Contest 2008

## Scrambles

**U' F2 L' D2 L F' D2 R' U' B2 R U2 B2 L U2 F2 R D2 L U2 L2**

(Generated by Cube Explorer...true random scramble!)

**This is the ONLY main Negative Time Solving Scramble for 2008. Do not use this scramble before the real attempt.**

The following are additional 3x3 algorithms to be used only for 3x3 multi-blind. Decide on the number of cubes, n, to be attempted beforehand, and take the first n-1 from this list in addition to the main scramble above.

- R B L F2 L' F' L U D' F' L' U D2 R2 D' L2 F2 R2 F2 D' L2
- U' L2 U' L2 U' L' F B D' F' R2 U2 R B2 L' F2 B2 U2 L' U2
- L D B U2 L2 D R' B R2 F2 D' F2 L B2 L'B2 L2 D2 L' B2 L2
- U R' B2 D2 F U' F2 D F' R' F2 R' U2 F2 U2 L F2 L D2
- F B2 U' D R B R B2 U2 L U F' R2 F D2 B2 R2 U2 F' D2 R2
- F2 D' B L B2 U' F2 L2 F' D2 L2 F2 U B2 U' L2 U R2 L2 F2 D2
- R' B R F' R' L' U' D L D2 L' B U B2 U L2 D B2 D2 B2 D
- B' L D' R B' R' F2 L F U R' D2 R L' U2 R F2 U2 D2 F2 R'
- U' R2 F2 U' B' U2 F R D' B' R2 U2 F2 B2 L U2 L B2 L' D2 F2
- L U' R B2 L U2 B U' D' F' U F R2 D2 B' D2 L2 F2 U2 D2
- U D R D' B2 D' B2 L B U' F' R' F2 L F2 R B2 R' L B2 R'
- F R2 D2 F' L D L2 U' R2 B R F2 U2 L2 F R2 B D2 B2 U2 B2
- U' L' F' L2 U' D2 F2 B2 L B' U' R2 D2 F2 L2 B U2 F' U2 B2 D2
- U D' L' F U R B R2 B' D' R B2 R' F2 U2 D2 L' D2 L' B2
- R B2 R D' F' R' D R2 B' L F2 L2 F' B' D2 L2 D2 B L2 D2 F
- R U F L2 B2 U D2 F2 L' D2 F D2 F2 U2 B2 R' U2 L' F2 B2 L2
- B R2 B2 U' F U B2 D F R2 D2 R' B2 U2 R D2 R B2 L' B2 L2
- yU2 D L' B U' L' D2 L' U R2 B2 D2 L F2 U2 R2 D2 B2 L F2 B2
- F R' F' L' U F B R2 D R2 D2 F D2 B2 R2 D2 F2 L2 B' R2

**4x4 Scrambles**

- b d2 B2 F' d2 L2 U' D2 f F' L' R2 u B l B L' F2 u d b2 u2 f' F' l2 u2 U' r' l' U' b r D' L' U2 f2 d U b D2
- R' L' U l2 u2 F2 l2 B' l2 R' u d B2 L2 u' B2 f2 l2 L F2 u2 U R2 U B2 L b2 B2 D' f F2 d2 L2 U' l F2 u2 F f U
- l2 d' F' f2 u2 R L b f2 U f B2 d2 U' L d2 L l2 u' R2 l F2 L f' F' D2 F2 u' L f' D b r R' D2 R' u2 B' u R

**5x5 Scrarmble:**

- U f r' B U B' d' F' L' f2 B' L f d' l B' l R' d2 r' b u' D' b D' f F2 R f u2 d2 B L b2 R' b2 F l' d' f2 b U' B' R' F' U2 R r2 D2 u2 L' f' l' b L2 U2 r2 D2 b u

You can scramble other puzzles on your own.

## Results

There were 45 participants representing 6 countries (plus Smerbia). Of these, 2 participated in Europe and the rest were from North America.

### 3x3 Speedsolve

Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

Jason Baum | USA | -59 minutes, 49.43 seconds | I did ZBF2L and ended with this ZBLL case: F R U' R' U' R U' L U' R' U L' U2 F' |

Jun Hyuk Kim | USA | -59 minutes, 48.20 seconds | ahaha, that was fun, but i got in trouble by my parents :S |

Stefan Huber | Austria | -59 minutes, 46.91 seconds | not really good (bad PLL recognition), but better than last year ;) |

Patrick Jameson | USA | -59 minutes, 46.62 seconds | |

Joseph Gibney | USA | -59 minutes, 45.59 seconds | Bad solve. Almost missed this! |

Darren Kwong | USA | -59 minutes, 45.48 seconds | I can't pee straight! |

Shotaro Makisumi | Japan (in USA) | -59 minutes, 45.31 seconds | Out of practice, but so much fun! |

Andy Tsao | USA | -59 minutes, 45.26 seconds | not good |

Michael Gottlieb | USA | -59 minutes, 45.14 seconds | Yeah, sub--59:45! It was pretty cool to look back at the clock after this and see a time almost an hour earlier. |

Lebillie Wu | USA | -59 minutes, 45.1 seconds | Stephanie's apartment is the best! |

Jim Mertens | USA | -59 minutes, 44.99 seconds | Cool. Maybe 5 seconds faster than last year? |

Jeremy Fleischman | USA | -59 minutes, 44.98 seconds | I can't see straight! |

David Woner | USA | -59 minutes, 43.94 seconds | Scrambled white on top, green on front. this was an easy scramble with yellow cross, Good C-OLL plus ccw U-perm. |

Lucas Garron | Germany (in USA) | -59 minutes, 44.13 seconds | Cold hands (despite an hour of warmup), cross on top, bad F2L cases, bad recognition delays, G-perm with wrong handedness... at least it could have been worse. Video |

KevinK | USA | -59 minutes, 42 seconds | 33 sec., a slow time. |

Michael Young | USA | -59 minutes, 41.06 seconds | I just can't solve in the morning |

Timm[ie] Wong | USA | -59 minutes, 41.90 seconds | actual solve time of 18.10, beats last year's time by 0.35 seconds...yay~ The F2L wasn't that great (my execution was fine, but the cases just weren't that nice), but I made up for it by getting a really easy OLL case, and a pretty nice PLL case as well. |

Justin Adsuara | USA | -59 minutes, 41.7 seconds | I haven't practiced in months, :( kthxbai |

Shelley Chang | USA | -59 minutes, 41.41 seconds | |

Patrick Kelly | USA | -59 minutes, 40.95 seconds | |

Raku Watari | USA | -59 minutes, 41 seconds | I did not think that I would be this tired... it could have been a lot better. |

Devin Corr-Robinett | USA | -59 minutes, 40.92 seconds | i suck |

Guillain Potron | France (in USA) | -59 minutes, 40.6 seconds | I was half sleeping at 3AM, so it explains the bad time :p |

Ambie Valdés | USA | -59 minutes, 40.19 seconds | Take that, Mitch! |

Huy Nguyen | USA | -59 minutes, 40.05 seconds | That was an easy scramble. =D I enjoyed this contest! |

Kaoru Maeda | Japan (in Germany) | - 59 minutes, 38.80 seconds | I'm a Japanese who live in Germany. Start: 2008/10/26 02:59:52.421 Finish: 2008/10/26 02:00:13.625 |

Ben Zoller | USA | -59 minutes, 38.75 seconds | Very cool concept. |

Nick Young | USA | -59 minutes, 38.17 seconds | Can't cube straight...need diagonals on my 3x3 |

Alexei Gousev | USA | -59 minutes, 38.04 seconds | |

Vincent Sheu | USA | -59 minutes, 36.75 seconds | Connie: Connie's apartment is the best! Stephanie; No, Stephanie's apartment is the best! Me: Both your apartments' lighting screws me up. |

Felix Lee | USA | -59 minutes, 36 seconds | bad :P |

Daniel Chan | USA | -59 minutes, 34.56 seconds | I sort of panicked and messed up a few times during the solve. This probably would have been better had I not done so. Oh well, happy negative time solving, everyone! |

Stephanie Chow | USA | -59 minutes, 33.06 seconds | My vasopressin is being inhibited! |

Kevin Jorgensen | USA | -59 minutes, 31.95 seconds | |

Shafiq Mohammed | USA | -59 minutes, 32 seconds | pretty bad solve...well, I did have to keep it quiet so I don\'t wake my parents up. Anyways I am glad I could take part in it this year! |

William Chen | USA | -59 minutes, 28.76 seconds | |

Connie Chen | USA | -59 minutes, 29 seconds | this sucked. can't think straight... |

Shari Kuroyama | USA | -59 minutes, 20 seconds | |

Ummon Karpe | USA | -59 minutes, 16.17 seconds | |

Henry Fung | Canada | -59 minutes, 15.21 seconds | |

Tim Black | USA | -21 minutes, 51 seconds | Same time as Negative Time Tommy's. |

Dan Dzoan | USA | +15.26 seconds | i probably should have done this last night... |

### 3x3 Blindfolded

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Shelley Chang | USA | -57 minutes, 57.66 seconds | |

2 | Felix Lee | USA | -54 minutes, 53 seconds | Successful! :D |

3 | Lucas Garron | Germany (in US) | DNF | The cube got misoriented after CO (bad regrip), so I have no idea how close I should have been... |

### 3x3 MultiBLD

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Result | Comment |

1 | Mike Hughey | USA | -12 minutes, 46.12 seconds | 4/7 | 2 cubes off by 3 edges, one off by 2 edges and 2 corners. |

### 4x4 Speedsolve

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

- | David Woner | USA | +1 minute, 14.22 seconds | the second scramble. PLL parity. pretty good. |

### 7x7 Speedsolve

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Michael Gottlieb | USA | -54 minutes, 18.78 seconds | Not bad. I just HAD to do this in celebration of having a real-life 7x7x7! Yeah V-cubes! |

2 | Henry Fung | Canada | -37 minutes, 57.20 seconds | Started before and finished after solving 3x3x3. B2 U22 B F2' L32 F3 D2' D3 B2 D32 L2 B2' L L32 R2' R' F R' D U32 U22 F2 D3 U3' U2 F2 L2' U2 B3' F32 L2 R3 B2 U2 F3' F2 L2 B B22 B32 F3 F22 F' R32 R2 F22 U2' F32 F2' F2 L2 B2 F2 R3 R2 R2 D3 U22 L2 R2 D2 U' L22 U2 U2 B3' R3 D32 L L32 B2 F3 L2' R2 B3' L22 U3 U2 R' B2' L2 D2 D3' U22 F D3' L3' D2 D2' D3' U3 U2 U R22 R D32 R2 B2' F3' L22; single-slice |

### Square-1 Mean of 3

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Andrew Nelson | Smerbia | -59 minutes, 14.52 seconds | 3 cubes, all started before the timechange. Looking at seconds and rounding up, times were 18.99, 41.99, and 1:15.47. |

### Megaminx

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Hadley Sheffield | USA | -55 minutes, 31 seconds | I actually forgot until right before. My megaminx was scrambled, so I just went for that. I started at 1:55.29, and finished exactly at 1am. Kinda cool. |

### Rubik's Clock

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

- | David Woner | USA | +9.88 seconds | just wanted a sub-10. |