# Negative Time Solving Contest 2009

## Scrambles

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

(Generated by Cube Explorer)

**This is the ONLY main Negative Time Solving Scramble for 2009. 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.

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

**4x4 Scrambles**

(Generated by CCT)

- D' f' L r R2 f2 r' u L' B D u' r2 F2 L r2 R' F2 U' B2 L' U2 L r' R2 D L F' R F u B' u U R2 u' L' r R D
- F' u' R2 D u2 U' f D B' D B2 R' F' L F u F2 u2 F U' L2 f2 F U2 B' F D' L u' U2 B f2 F' r2 B' f2 F2 L' U R'
- B D2 R2 U R' B' f F L' B f2 r' u' B f F U f' r B R D L' R2 F R' D u' U' L' r2 R D u2 U' f' R D2 u' F'

**5x5 Scrarmble:**

(Generated by CCT)

- U B2 D2 d B' b2 f D' B' u2 U2 L2 l' r U2 B' D' d' u' U' l' b' l D' d u' U' l B' U' B l b2 U L b L R' U f2 L' f' u2 B2 b f' L' F2 L' r2 R' F2 r2 R2 D2 L' d2 f R' D2

## Results

There were 44 participants representing 5 countries (plus Smerbia). Of these, 3 participated in Europe and the rest were from North America.

### 3x3 Speedsolve

Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

Harris Chan | Canada | -59 minutes, 50.62 seconds | Scrambled with cross on U (F = green) and using my mini type C cube >. |

Patrick Jameson | USA | -59 minutes, 48.37 seconds | Not bad. Pretty easy scramble. |

Waris Ali | USA | -59 minutes, 48.14 seconds | |

Stefan Huber | Austria | -59 minutes, 47.23 seconds | extremely shaky solve, but in the third attempt my best negative time so far :D would've had sub10 potential, but nevermind... |

Michael Young | Smerbia | -59 minutes, 46.27 seconds | That was a pretty good solve. |

Dan Cohen | USA | -59 minutes, 46.19 seconds | :( |

Andy Tsao | USA | -59 minutes, 46.05 seconds | |

Shotaro Makisumi | Japan | -59 minutes, 45.35 seconds | |

Vincent Sheu | USA | -59 minutes, 44.26 seconds | I totally froze on the final t-perm for about a second =.= |

Daniel Chan | USA | -59 minutes, 43.49 seconds | Great fun. I and Tyler did this simultaneously. Too bad it was only a mediocre solve, but at least it is better than last year! Looking forward to doing this again. |

Jim Mertens | USA | -59 minutes, 43.37 seconds | |

Raku Watari | USA | -59 minutes, 43.20 seconds | Bleh... but a nice way to end Halloween. |

Jeff Chiu | USA | -59 minutes, 43 seconds | |

Devin Corr-Robinett | USA | -59 minutes, 42.97 seconds | meh |

Michael Gottlieb | USA | -59 minutes, 42 seconds | I remember it was a 17.xx, but I lost the time, so I am rounding up to 18 flat. |

Jeremy Fleischman | USA | -59 minutes, 41.81 seconds | Fucking Irish carbombs... |

Florian Herzog | Austria | -59 minutes, 41.21 seconds | hehe Doublesune OLL and PLL skipped... well, I had absolutely NO lookahead on F2L :/ But good time for me anyway ^^ |

Lucas Garron | Germany | -59 minutes, 41.05 seconds | |

Nick Young | USA | -59 minutes, 40.50 seconds | |

Kai Jiptner | Germany | -59 minutes, 40 seconds | did it in the middle of the 4x4 memo and wasn't quite prepared for it...fail! |

Stephanie Chow | USA | -59 minutes, 39.40 seconds | I Thai-jizzed in my cube. |

Jackson Warley | USA | -59 minutes, 38 seconds | |

Kevin Kapinos | USA | -59 minutes, 37.84 seconds | Actual time: 22.16 seconds. 11 seconds better than last year; 7 seconds worse than my average. |

Chonnie Cen | USA | -59 minutes, 33.06 seconds | Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. |

Shari Kuroyama | USA | -59 minutes, 31.44 seconds | |

Kevin Jorgensen | USA | -59 minutes, 30.52 seconds | |

Patrick Tran | USA | -59 minutes, 38.77 seconds | That's what she said. |

John To | USA | -59 minutes, 26.28 seconds | Totally fucked up. No I'm just kidding. Totally messed up. Okay sure. |

V-te | USA | -59 minutes, 25 seconds | Sigh, I got nervous. Why do I always get nervous? =((( |

James Yang | USA | -59 minutes, 13 seconds | Yay, first time -- goal was -59min 20sec |

Dahlia An | USA | -58 minutes, 57 seconds | My last name is not Tran. |

Dashel Scarborough | USA | -58 minutes, 56.87 seconds | NOO!! I FAILED!! terrible PLL and 1 F2L case took like 4 seconds to locate the other piece! :( |

Meng-Hsuan Wu | USA | -58 minutes, 36.59 seconds | |

Batmant Von Batmanerson | Batmanburghvillenstein | -59 minutes, 43.17 seconds | 8=========D |

### 3x3 Blindfolded

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Leyan Lo | USA | -58 minutes, 5.14 seconds | |

2 | Shelley Chang | USA | -57 minutes, 47.78 seconds | The cake is a lie |

3 | Peter Battaglino | USA | -57 minutes, 17 seconds | |

4 | Anthony Hsu | USA | -55 minutes, 3 seconds | I rushed back to my room from a Halloween orchestra show and by the time I started up my computer, it was already 1:59:xx, so I didn't have time to go online and apply the official scramble. Thus, I mixed up my cube randomly by hand (so technically this is an invalid solve) and started at 1:59:55. I realized I didn't have a blindfold when I started, but I wanted to do it properly, so after memorization, I actually dug through my backpack to find my blindfold. Ended: 1:04:52 AM. First blindfolded negative solve for me. Whoohoo! |

5 | Lucas Garron | Germany | DNF (-57 minutes, 48.49 seconds) | 3 corners off. |

6 | Devin Corr-Robinett | USA | DNF (-53 minutes, 12.16 seconds) | hmm I forgot I started this for a minute after finishing 3x3 |

### 4x4 BLD

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

1 | Kai Jiptner | Germany | -48 minutes, 35 seconds | don't know if it's slow because it's that late or because I did a safety solve :D |

### Most cubes solved blindfolded in a negative time

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

- | Mike Hughey | USA | -0 minutes, 38.43 seconds | 9 / 10 | Ugh - almost a pure success. Missed the eighth cube because I didn't memorize a piece twice when breaking a cycle, so I did parity when I didn't need to. Memorization time: -21:27 Execution time: 20:44 |

### 4x4 MultiBLD

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

1 | Chris Hardwick | USA | -8 minutes, 35.95 seconds | 2 out of 3 solved | My first ever attempt at three 4x4s. I know exactly the error I made on the first cube, and I knew when I made it. I wasn't sure if I did a single or a double turn on a face, and I guesses and guessed incorrectly :-( |

### 5x5 Speedsolve

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Kristopher De Asis | Canada | -58 minutes, 38.32 seconds |

### Most Puzzles Relay

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

1 | Michael Gottlieb | USA | -0 minutes, 2 seconds | 53 | I did a total of 53 puzzles (18 physical puzzles, 35 computer ones). I stopped the timer halfway through the 54th at about -2 seconds. |

### Square-1

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Forte Shinko | Canada | -59 minutes, 33 seconds | Odd parity and doing some wrong moves :( |

### Square-1 "Real Man's Average of 50"

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | Andrew Nelson | Smerbia | -15 minutes, 47.53 seconds | Didn't time individual solves, just did 50 squares-1 in quick succession. Total scrambling + solving time was 44:12.47 |

### Square-2

Place | Name | Country | Negative Time | Comment |

1 | David Woner | USA | -58 minutes, 53.55 seconds | Square-2 is fun! |