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Do you think that 15 puzzle should be a WCA event?

Do you think that 15 puzzle should be a WCA event?


  • Total voters
    54
  • Poll closed .

xyzzy

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It wouldn't be an entirely terrible event candidate if considered on its own merits. It does fit the mould of "combinatorial puzzle with discretely moving parts", even if said motion isn't twisting. (How much scope creep would the WCA be subjecting itself to if it added 15 puzzle? Not all that much – what other non-twisty combinatorial puzzles can you even think of? Are they anywhere as popular as 15 puzzle?)

To my knowledge, the main drawbacks to making it an official event are long scrambles and very short solving time at the top level (Ben has a 5.4x ao100, what the h*ck).

But of course, many people dislike the idea of adding 15 puzzle for more superficial reasons (ahem the three posts above mine), so actually adding it would probably lead to a fair amount of backlash, and this would be the strongest argument against adding 15 puzzle.
 

Ben Whitmore

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To my knowledge, the main drawbacks to making it an official event are long scrambles and very short solving time at the top level (Ben has a 5.4x ao100, what the h*ck).

Scrambles aren't particularly long, they're only about as long as 4x4 scrambles.
 
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Scrambles aren't particularly long, they're only about as long as 4x4 scrambles.
The solving is much faster. The puzzle's very fun but it's kind of like clock in the sense that it's super easy, there's not a whole bunch of different ways to solve it, it would be controversial, etc, etc. It just doesn't belong in the WCA. If your going to add another event it might as well be something with a large following and something not highly controversial like, ahem
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SlowerCuber

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+ It's a cool event to watch
- It's not a twisty puzzle, or more precisely, it's a 2D puzzle, not a 3D spatial puzzle. (Clock belongs to this category as well)
 
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