Reorienting of the cube is not the part of puzzle memorization and puzzle solving. Let's allow judge to reorient it.
Lifting the puzzle cover is not the part of memorization and solving. Let's ask judge to lift the cover.
Putting the blindfold on is not the part of memorization and solving...
My 2 cents: once upon a time I was a scrambler-checker for Clock (I guess this was the only time we used scrambler-checkers). Scramblers knew that I checked them, despite that they still made errors (I found about 5 misscrambles).
I attended only one competition in USA, but I noticed that everyone signs scorecards using first letter of their name and surname. At other competitions I've visited (mostly east Europe) signs mostly are letters from name and/or surname outlined (and often crossed) with circles, flourishes...
Added another task. You have already built 2x2x2 block and want to expand it to 2x2x3 block.
PS: While every 2x2x2 block can be built in 8 moves, there is one possible situation of 2x2x3 block that can be built in 9 moves, it is with 2 flipped edges: U F2 D2 R D2 F2 U' D' B. I didn't...
Btw, stats for optimal alg counts:
That means that, for example, among all states that can be solved in 4 moves 5640 states have only one optimal algorithm, 1119 have two optimal algorithms, 260 have three and so on.
Cannot into block building? This trainer will help you (I hope).
Select level (the more is the level, the more moves you need to build 2x2x2 block), it will give you the scramble. Try to solve it optimally. Press "Solve" and it will give you the right answer...
In our competitions I see here and there people who use simple CFOP with PLL skip and get sub-35. Our NR (26 moves) is set with CFOP with OLL skip, though there is a splendid double X-cross.
So person who just try a bunch of CFOP solves with different crosses, pair order etc. can get a good...
Example of applying A1c:
A competitor registers for 3x3 bld, while not knowing how to solve it bld. During his attempt he looks at the cube for ten seconds, then puts on his blindfold and starts applying random moves. After taking off his blindfold he looks at his scrambled cube and exclaims...
I have not changed limits during the competition yet :-P
Ok, each competitor has his own goals. As I said, changing limits can frustrate some competitors. But I hope that organizers and delegates have a very good reason for doing so, and forbidding this won't be fine.
tl;dr current situation is fine for me.
I can see the only problem if the competition has a fee for each event. A competitor pays N bucks hoping he can do 5 attempts only to find out that the cut-offs changed and he will be able to do 2 attempts for the same money.
Ah, there can also be an...
My 2 cents:
I think WF hurts the image of cubing.
I have seen many times when a speedcuber gives an interview and he says: "We can solve it with one hand, blindfolded, with feet", and the interviewer interrupts him and says: "WITH YOUR FEET? OH MY GOD!!1111!!1" Probably the interviewer...
What's wrong with a variation of a variation? Like it's something bad.
We have 14 non-bld events. Why 14?
I mean, what, a "why x?" is a real argument?
No. Why is similarity of the events determined by a person who is not good at them?
Mean of 3 FMC takes a lot of time, let's remove it also...