Negative Time Solving Contest 2013

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

This is the ONLY main Negative Time Solving Scramble for 2014. Do not use this scramble before the real attempt.


3B2 F2 L2 R2 2B 3B' 3D2 3B L' 2U F' 3U2 2B' 2U' 3R2 2D2 2B2 3R F' 2D' F2 U L 3U2 F 2R' 2D 3R' B' 3B2 3F 3R' 3D2 3B2 3F 2D' 3D U2 B F' D' B' F D 3D L' 2F U' 2R2 R B' 3D 3U2 B2 2F2 U' R' D' 3R2 2B2 3D' L' 3B 3D2 2L 3B2 D 3D 3B' L2 2R 2D 3D 2B' 3L2 3R 2U L2 2L' 3L' 3R R' B 3D L' 3B2 2D B' 2L 3L' R2 2U 3L 2D2 L2 D 3D2 L2 3B2 2U2


There were 31 participants representing 4 countries (and Smerbia). Of these, 2 participated in Europe and the rest were from North America.

3x3 Speedsolve

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Dylan RheeUSA-59 minutes, 49 secondsmeh
1Tim SunUSA-59 minutes, 49 seconds
3Jules ManalangUSA-59 minutes, 47.62 secondsMeh
4AJ BlairUSA-59 minutes, 47.17 secondsOnly .17 better than last year :/ Ah well.
5Steven XuUSA-59 minutes, 47 seconds
6Felix LeeUSA-59 minutes, 46.88 secondsDone on a 42mm ZhanChi...
7Lucas GarronGermany-59 minutes, 45.98 secondsManaged to let my camera fall halfway through?
8Jeremy FleischmanUSA-59 minutes, 45.15 secondsI guess being sober doesn't help.
9Ike LeeUSA-59 minutes, 45 seconds
10Ryan PrzybockiUSA-59 minutes, 43.977 secondsA bit lucky with the Waterman method ;)
11Louis de MendonçaUnited Kingdom-59 minutes, 43.93 seconds
12devin corr-robinettUSA-59 minutes, 43.45 seconds
12Dan DzoanUSA-59 minutes, 43.45 seconds
14Andrew NelsonSmerbia-59 minutes, 43.24 secondsHail Smerbia
15Justin LinUSA-59 minutes, 42.56 seconds
16Boris PerkhounkovUS-59 minutes, 40.22 seconds
17Graham Van GoffrierUSA-59 minutes, 38.14 secondsShoutout to the Norwell Speedcubing Society!
18Ryan PrzybockiUSA-59 minutes, 34.274 secondsNot a very good solve, but I'm tired. This is my first negative solve ever. Good luck to everybody.
19Michael YoungUSADNFI was short on time, and twisted a corner in the scramble >.
19Vincent SheuUSADNFI popped, lost my blue center cap, and still can't find it.

3x3 Blindfolded

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Sesi CadmusUSA-59 minutes, 7.1 seconds
2Leyan LoUSA-58 minutes, 17.21 secondsPretty drunk.
3Chris HardwickUSA-56 minutes, 28.39 secondsDone at a Waffle house with my fiancee Katie and friend Paul from high school. The adjacent booth was a table of drunk people watching me solve, and their commentary both during and after the solve was very entertaining! :) The waffle house negative time run was also a success! We returned home 9 minutes before we left :)
4Lucas GarronGermanyDNF (-51 minutes, 14.96 seconds)
4Dan DzoanUSADNF (-57 minutes, 43.83 seconds)2 edges oriented wrong
4Brandon MikelUSADNSSo I went to bed before the change time and had my phone wake me up at 1:56am so I could do my solve. I think it somehow woke me up at the 2nd 1:56am and not the first one :( I got a 1:52.00 BLD success

7x7x7 Blindfolded

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Mike HugheyUSA-17 minutes, 2 secondsMemorization time: 22:18; execution time: -39:20.

2x2x2-9x9x9 relay

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1François CourtèsFrance-6 minutes, 27.75 secondsNot really fast, I was aiming for sub-(-10). I think the biggest challenge is not to fall asleep during the attempt :-p

24x24x24 Computer Cube

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Michael GottliebUSA-7 minutes, 43.562 seconds8077 moves. I was gonna do a 25x25x25, but odd cubes are hard.

Team Blind

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Shelley Chang and Kenneth LuUSA-56 minutes, 41.14 secondsAt 1:50am, we decided to do a team BLD. Shelley gave Kenneth a crash course on the Berkeley method and managed one practice solve before starting at 1:59.xx. Kenneth got nervous and forgot an algorithm he normally knows, so Shelley ended up calling the last PLL move by move and we finished in 3:18.86.

On a personal note, Shelley and Kenneth hope to compete in the Husband/Wife Team Blind category in the near future :)

3x3x3 while Juggling

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Ravi FernandoUSA-58 minutes, 15.01 secondsSlow solve. I thought about gigaminx or 2-7 relay OH while juggling, but wasn't sure if I could finish in negative time.

399 puzzle

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Ben WhitmoreUSA-17:23.912