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    The over-forty contingent (I'm 52) is obviously much smaller than the youth contingent in this hobby but it has become increasingly active in the past year or two. As far as what qualifies one as a "speedsolver", the only requirement to me is that someone is regularly timing their solves with...
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    [Member Intro] Oldest and Fastest...

    I should note that I think Ron van Bruchem is approaching 60 and he's going to completely blow the curve once he is :D
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    By the way @zinzan8: there is a Facebook group named "Senior Cubers Worldwide" that is very active right now. I still love this thread and keep an eye on notifications but much of the activity that used to take place here has moved over there.
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    View of FAZ in the Speedcubing Dokumentary

    The only takeaway for me was awesome human beings being really good to one another and it comes at a time where I believe we really need to see and remember such things.
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    You're in a good place as far as algorithms learned. I'm only recently able to say I know full OLL-- for about the fourth time since I continually forget a few-- and when the timer is running I still sometimes resort to 2-look on a handful of cases that cause me to pause for memory recall...
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    I'm 52 and was averaging in the :50s when I discovered this thread and I have stubbornly worked my way down to the low :20s now. I can't say my solve is a great example solve, especially that 3rd F2L pair. Like a lot of personal best singles it was luck and a little bit of a fluke. Do you...
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    It was about as easy as a 6-move cross gets for me, at least. I can clearly visualize what to do with that situation and the L R' part can kinda be done at the same time. The rest was just a case of seeing and evaluating the pairs a lot more quickly than usual for me. This is brilliant and...
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    I'm 52 and slow pattern recognition and lookahead are my bottlenecks, not slow hands.
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    Yeah, I neglected to include the inspection, initially. I'll eventually learn the y2 oriented version of that OLL, I see on AlgDB that's the one most people use (if that's what you're talking about). I just learned the one above initially so it's always been "my alg".
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    I finally had time to sit down and figure out what I did to get the PLL skip. It's just one of those lucky things where A) I saw my pairs quickly without much pausing and B) my odd, accidental choice of dealing with the third pair was key to getting the lucky skip. B2 F2 R2 U2 B2 U2 B2 R' U2 R...
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    I hit a really good spell recently where I got my first sub 20 Ao12 and then beat it the next day with a 19.08 Ao12 and a sub 21 Ao50. Then I had the fast single but didn't start the timer, another sub 14 single on my phone, and then finally the 12.19 on Stackmat. Only my Ao5 is still standing...
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    I didn't do a reconstruction, I was probably too busy dancing in my chair for the rest of the night lol
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    You have the right attitude: having fun is all that matters. You're in a wonderful position where knocking 10+ seconds off your times isn't difficult to do. It may not be all that long before you realize a PB of under :30 is quite achievable.
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    Welcome to our little old folks club! I was struggling to average under a minute when I found this place. I still don't have an official sub 20 average (or even sub 30... it has been a while since I've been to a comp) but it's not all that uncommon for me to get a sub 20 Ao5 at home here and...
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    New PB by nearly 2 seconds: 12.19 with the help of a PLL skip. B2 F2 R2 U2 B2 U2 B2 R' U2 R D2 U F R F' L F D F
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