Negative Time Solving Contest 2014

Accompanying thread and Facebook event page.


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Scrambles were not provided for other puzzles.


There were 32 participants representing 3 countries (and OX4). Everyone partipated in North America.

3x3 Speedsolve

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Theodore ChowCanada-59 minutes, 50.56 secondsGreen COL FTW! I honestly thought my time would be 2-3 seconds slower, I'm pretty happy. Yay lucky scrambles.
2Waffokaanada-59 minutes, 49.37 seconds
3Ryan JewUSA-59 minutes, 47.85 secondsgj
4Devin Corr-RobinettUSA-59 minutes, 47.66 seconds
5Jeremy FleischmanUSA-59 minutes, 47.64 secondsthis is the most sober i've been for this in a long time
7Lucas GarronGermany-59 minutes, 46.69 secondsNot really warmed up, but tradition is tradition. :-)
7Felix LeeUSA-59 minutes, 46.54 secondsDecided to use the same Rubik's brand cube that I used for the Negative Time Solving Contest in 2007. Not a bad time either.
8Michael YoungUSA-59 minutes, 46.29 secondsbleh that was bad :P

Pity I'm not CN
9Dan DzoanUSA-59 minutes, 46.28 seconds
10Justin LinUSA-59 minutes, 45.05 seconds
11David GUSA-59 minutes, 41 secondsLIFE IS AN ABSURD COMEDY
12Brandon MikelUSA-59 minutes, 40.18 secondsFirst time successfully getting negative time.
13Andrew ChenUSA-59 minutes, 39.45 secondsyolo
14Daniel LoUSA-59 minutes, 35.11 seconds
15Andrew TUSA-59 minutes, 32.70 seconds
16Shari Kuroyama USA-59 minutes, 30.22 seconds
17Ryan KuroyamaUSA-59 minutes, 26.25 seconds
18Heven KaufmanUSA-59 minutes, 14 secondsvgj
19Kenneth LuUSA-59 minutes, 10 seconds
19Jon TanguayOX4-59 minutes, 10 seconds
21Matt TheriaultOX4-59 minutes, 9.02 seconds
22FasztUSA-59 minutes, 1 seconds
23Joshua GordonUSA-58 minutes, 34 seconds

3x3 Blindfolded

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Shelley ChangUSA-57 minutes, 49 secondsSleeeep
2Leyan LoUSA-57 minutes, 31.95 secondsPretty out of shape and tipsy in Vegas
3Chris HardwickUSA-57 minutes, 28.05 secondsThis is so much fun! I love the negative time contest! No Waffle House negative time run this year, but I did do this solve at the Boston Mensa Regional Gathering. I'm here with my wife Katie, who is a Mensan. We've been enjoying seeing old friends, and we attended an incredible Halloween wedding of two of our good friends!

3x3 Team BLD

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Antoine Cantin + Micah StairsCanada-58 minutes, 38 secondsUWR?

2x2 - 5x5 Relay

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Graham Van GoffrierOX4-54 minutes, 19.42 secondsShoutout to the entire UMO Cube Society!!!


PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Ryan DeLineUSA-59 minutes, 0.17 seconds


PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeResultComment
1Michael YoungUSA0 minute 0 second36Argh I found a 34 and wrote it down but didn't trust it so wrote the 36 qq
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PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Jon TanguayOX4-51 minutes, 1 seconds


PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Walker WelchSkewbUSA-59 minutes, 55.88 seconds6.12 U R' B' U' L B' R U R


PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Jon TanguayOX4-59 minutes, 28 seconds

Gigaminx OH while juggling

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeResultComment
-Ravi FernandoUSADNF (-+4 minutes, 47.60 seconds)4 dropsStart: 1:13am. Centers in 24:35, edges in a little under -30 minutes, and megaminx in about 11 minutes.

I'm usually very consistent with OH + juggling: I'd done 4-7, mega, and giga before, and had never dropped while attempting any of them. I thought the main difficulty would be time, since my previous gigaminx OH + juggling solve took almost 1:06. I was wrong. Once during the last few centers, and again after about 6-8 edges, I accidentally did a double slice move, didn't notice until it was too late to undo, and had to re-solve several centers. Then I started dropping--twice at 39 minutes, then at -10 minutes and -1 minute. I finished about (6)1 minute(s) faster than I had before, but it was still a DNF because of the drops. Maybe I should have tried a 2-7 relay while juggling instead.