15, Slovenia

1. Pictures explained

11. Tourist attraction:
This is my mirror cube in front of Krumperk castle, which is the best known tourist attraction in city called Domžale. It’s also famous for it’s equestrian club.

krumperk castle

12. Animal:
This is my cat Bela with my cube , dreaming about solving it.

cat bela

13. Unusual place:
This is my Pyraminx in net. The picture was taken in adrenaline park, GEOSS, which lies in the geometric center of Slovenia.

pyraminx net

14. Unusual cube:
This is my 1x3x3 cube. I re-shaped it into a small seesaw and put a little dog figure on it.

1x3x3 cube puzzle

2. Creative challenge

21. Quiz questions
Question 1: How long did it took Erno Rubik to solve the Rubik’s cube for the first time?
correct answer: a month
incorrect answer 1: a year
incorrect answer 2: 11 days
incorrect answer 3: 3 hours

Question 2: What is the “sune” algorithm?
correct answer: R U R’ U R U’2 R’
incorrect answer 1: S2 U2 E2
incorrect answer 2: L U’ L U R’ F’ R’
incorrect answer 3: F (R U R’ U’) F’

Question 3: What does CFOP mean?
correct answer: Fridrich method
incorrect answer 1: ZZ method
incorrect answer 2: Roux method
incorrect answer 3: Nothing, it’s just a bunch of random letters

22. House design explained:
I designed pyraminx shaped house or in my case, Climbing Hotel! On front side, you can see many climbing holders on the bottom, and not so many on the top. on the right side, surface is more rough, so climbers can climb on the ropes all the way to top easier. The peak of this pyramid is made from triangular shaped windows, which are bullet proof. So basically, this is climbing center for climbers, who want to climb all day long.

pyraminx house

23. Trick explained:
I learned about this trick when I found it on youtube:
First, you need to turn the green side to front and white on top. Now you apply the first algorithm: M’ D’ U’ L’ M. When you are done, you apply another algorithm, which must not mess up the cube. You can use two T-perms. Then you turn cube with white on top and green in front of you. You reverse the algorithm quickly. Pay attention to finger tricks. If done correctly, you can solve it in under a second. But wave with your hands while you solve it to make it even more impressive.

24. Advertising plan:
I would financially support cubing clubs, that already exist and help to create new ones. There would be Rubiks clubs in schools, famous cubers would have lectures in schools, go to streets and solve cubes there to show people that solving Rubiks cube is possible. Cultural societies would host lectures. Famous people who would learn how to solve Rubiks cube or already know it, could expose that in their interviews. There would be TV shows about (solving) Rubiks cube and more accessible and simplified video tutorials and written instructions about solving.

25. Task for the third round:
Write a short story or a one-shoot, artistically express yourself in any way, including comic books. You can even write or sing a song, or make a funny video about cubes.

3. Hard-working challenge

31. Title of the movie and the scene described:
I watced Wall-e. While he was cleaning Earth, he found Rubik’s cube. Later, he put it out of his box to the shelf. When Eva came, he showed her the cube and she solved it. When he almost got smashed in his attempt to save the little plant and to send people back to Earth, he lost his memory. While Eva tried to bring his memories back, she showed him the solved cube.

32. Pattern algorithm:
Do(n’)t-cross-line : F2 L2 R2 B2 E2

33. 15-puzzle link:
I choose this picture because I respect Max Park as a cuber and the puzzle itself shouldn’t be to hard or to easy. Fact, that he is wearing jacket the same color as the background, makes this puzzle only medium difficult.

[Link no longer available]

34. URL with our backlink:
My username is dreamiguana.

35. Solution algorithm:
F U2 D2 R L U’ D F B R U2 R2 U2 F2 L2 U2 F2 L2 B2