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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

DavCrav Silver badge

"It seems to me to be difficult to have a real competition without either having either (1) a known starting point for all or - which may favour some who "know" that configuration"

As the article said, there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 configurations. Some are more amenable to certain algorithms than others, but they won't have much experience with the starting position, with better odds than me claiming you won't win the jackpot on the lottery twice in a row.

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