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Hey friends!

Today I thought I might tell you a little bit about one of my biggest hobbies: Speedcubing.

What is Speedcubing?

I have been speedcubing since July 2020.
Speedcubing is a sport in which people, known as 'cubers', solve twisty puzzles (ie. Rubik's cubes) as fast as possible.
Many people think you have to be good at maths, or have a high IQ, in order to solve the cube. But in reality, these factors play no part. It just so happens that people who like maths are often interested in puzzles like this too.
Literally anyone can learn to solve a cube. The youngest person to solve a cube in an official competition was only 3 years old!

Different types of puzzles

There are many different types of Rubik's cubes. There is obviously the classic 3x3, but also a 2x2, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, and 7x7. There are even cubes that aren't actually cubic, such as the pyraminx, which is a pyramid, or the megaminx, which is a dodecahedron with 12 sides!

Official Competitions

There is a very active world-wide speedcubing community, in which people upload videos, share results, and show off new algorithms.
All over the world, there are official Rubik's cube competitions sanctioned by the World Cube Association (WCA). This is where cubers set official solve times, some of them being world records. Here's my WCA profile https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/persons/2021SEUF01.

Speedcubing is lots of fun, because you don't only race against other people. You are mainly racing against yourself, trying to break your personal bests. If you would like to learn how to solve a cube, check out this playlist I created of some of the best resources. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv1wrF2toDaN3l0qFG1EL7vHbjfiL6HoN. Give it a go!

Thanks for reading!

Some of my favourite things

The Speedcubers - Netflix documentary

Watch The Speed Cubers | Netflix Official Site
This documentary captures the extraordinary twists and turns in the journeys of Rubik’s Cube-solving champions Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs.

Quote of the week

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift." - 'Chill 8D' in the comments section of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n61ULEU7CO0

Have a great week!
Cheers, Toby