Speedsolving Rubikís Clock
last updated: 9jan2006
My customized method to solve the clockÖ thanks to Stefan Pochmann! Iím basically using the same method as his. At the time of making this small page (sept 2005), my personal best is 9.83 seconds and the best average of 10 clocks is 11.73 seconds. With little math we find out that making 18 clocks show the same hour in a bit over 9 seconds is almost the same as 2 clocks each second :-) Of course, you donít actually turn one clock at a time, but it does show the potential speed of this method. Also keep in mind this is exactly how I solve the clock. If you plan on getting really fast, it is advisable to modify it to your own likings! The speed limit for solving the clock is somewhere around 8 seconds I think.
Stefan also made a nice page on how to destroy your clock. To clean and lube it that is. I donít know if it really helps much since I do not yet have a clock of my own at this moment to try it out.
So how does it work?
The pictures show what the clock looks like after you have done each step. The little black circles are the pins that are UP, the black bow on a side of the clock is the wheel I turn to do this step. Of course,† when more then one pin is up, you can turn more wheels to get the same effect. This is just the way that seemed fastest to meÖ The hours shown are just examples. The clocks should just show the same hour, any hour.
start your timer (well at least I do :-)) and make a cross of clocks showing the same hour
now turn the cross to 12
flip the entire clock (around the y-axis, so 12 stays on top)
exactly the same as the first 4 steps. So make a cross on this side too. Note that after flipping the clock, the only pin that is up is the exact pin we need. Thatís really nice. Make sure you memorize what will be the first move for the backside before you start solving (being during preinspection), so you can do it immediately after flipping the clock.
now we will align the cross with each of the corners. When 3 pins are up, and you turn any of these 3 wheels, all clocks except the 4th corner clock will turn. So what we do is turn 8 clocks till the cross (!) shows the same hour as the one clock that isnít turning. Just repeat this 4 times and all clocks on this side will show the same hour (not 12 yet).
turn all clocks to 12 and stop the timer :-)
Always keep in mind this is how I solve the clock. It may not be the best way to do it for somebody else!
(using middle- and ringfinger respectively might be faster since your index finger is free to turn the wheel that way, but it didnít feel right for me. Maybe a lot of practice might solve this problemÖ)
(this may seem weird too, but for me itís the most natural way to do it. Also by doing it this way, you will never have to turn the entire clock 90į during the whole solve.)
If you still have some questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org