Negative Time Solving Contest
It's that time of the year again! For those in the Northern Hemisphere, this is your yearly chance to solve a cube in negative time as Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends and time falls back one hour. In many European countries, DST ends on October 29th. In United States and Canada, DST ends at 2am local time on Sunday, November 5. See timeanddate.com to check the clock change schedule in your area, and the time.is for the exact current time.
2017 is the 14th year of the contest. This challenge statement from 2004 by then-Caltech undergrad Tyson Mao explains its origin:
See Macky's site for information about previous negative time contests.
There is only one day of the year where one can leave the drudgery of Caltech academic life and sprint off for a chili burger, chili dog, and chili fries in a timely manner. A very timely manner indeed... so timely that one can actually return before he departs.
This is the way of the Negative-Time Tommy's run. On one day of the year, a little bit before the first 2 AM, Caltech students hop in their cars and make a dash for the original Tommy's in Beverly Hills for some items with a lot of chili. The goal is to simply return before you left…
I challenge all of you to take part in the negative time solving tradition. We will have a website with the one, yes only ONE scramble which you will use for this entire year…
By submitting your time(s), you indicate that you are following these rules:
- Use the provided scramble sequence. As usual, take up to 15 seconds of inspection per solve.
- Begin your solve before daylight saving ends and complete your solve after it ends in your time zone. In the United States, for example, you must begin every solve (start the timer and e.g. turn the cube, not just inspection) before the first "2 AM" and end every solve after the second 1 AM. For example, if you start at 1:59:55 and end at 1:00:07, your negative time is -59min, 48sec.
- Be honest in reporting your results! The fun lies in the novelty that you can only do this once a year, but you can always try again next year.
- You are welcome to try your own challenges, such as a negative time blindfolded solve or a negative time kilominx solve. You can also try "fewest cubes solved in a negative time", or "fewest moves solution found in negative time".
- You may perform multiple negative solves in parallel, by switching between them. Make sure that each individual solve is started before the time change, though.