Speed mas­ter at solv­ing cube

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By ASH­LEIGH COL­LIS

Speed­cu­bers solved the Ru­bik’s Cube in light­ning speed dur­ing a com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end.

They came from across the coun­try to com­pete in Palmer­ston North last Sun­day at an all-day event where a 15-year-old Welling­ton boy broke a New Zealand record.

Speed­cub­ing is an ex­cit­ing spec­ta­tor sport where com­peti­tors solve the fa­mous Ru­bik’s Cube and sim­i­lar puz­zles against the clock.

Over­all win­ner and record breaker was 15-year-old Finn Trass from Welling­ton.

His grand­par­ents from Palmer­ston North were there to cheer him on — silently to not break his con­cen­tra­tion. Finn broke the New Zealand record av­er­age of 9.33 sec­onds with a time of 8.72.

He has been speed­cub­ing for al­most three years and prac­tised an hour or two ev­ery day af­ter school and on the week­ends.

Finn said that com­pe­ti­tions are much harder than prac­tis­ing at home. “At home, I can do it over and over to get a good time, but in the com­pe­ti­tion, we only have five solves, so there is a lot of pres­sure,” he said.

His grand­par­ent Eve­lyn and Tony Trass said they were in awe of Finn’s hobby.

“He has tried to teach us, but it didn’t work so well. I think we’re too old,” Eve­lyn said.

The event was an of­fi­cial World Cube As­so­ci­a­tion (WCA) sanctioned speed­cub­ing com­pe­ti­tion, held at the Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre.

The Ru­bik’s Cube has been tan­ta­lis­ing and en­chant­ing peo­ple for more than 40 years. Erno˜ Ru­bik cre­ated it in 1974. Erno˜ , a pro­fes­sor from Bu­dapest In Hun­gary, wanted to help his stu­dents un­der­stand three­d­i­men­sional prob­lems, and his so­lu­tion was the Ru­bik’s Cube.

His cube did things that the world hadn’t seen be­fore. It twisted and turned yet it didn’t break.

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PALMER­STON North Speed­cu­ber Lo­gan McKin­non.

PHO­TOS: ASH­LEIGH COL­LIS

OVER­ALL win­ner and record breaker, Finn Trass from Welling­ton. He has been speed­cub­ing for al­most three years and prac­tices an hour or two ev­ery day.

AUCK­LAND speed­cu­ber that was named fastest girl, 10-year-old An­gela Bra­ganza.

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