Is it illegal for the cube to fall on the timer/timer then lap after releasing it?
It doesn't have to be argued. It's written clearly in the guidelines:
Looks like the lap could possibly be argued to be a +2. I thought I had seen something in the rules before about puzzles on timers but I am either mistaken or just missed it.
- A6e) After releasing the puzzle, the competitor must not touch or move the puzzle until the judge has inspected the puzzle. Penalty: disqualification of the attempt (DNF). Exception: If no moves have been applied, a time penalty (+2 seconds) may be assigned instead, at the discretion of the judge
(Disclaimer: I am not a delegate)
The penalty for the cube touching the timer isn't in the regulations any more, anyway if I recall correctly, that was only for starting the solve, not stopping it.if it's touching the timer after it stops that's a plus 2, but if it hits the timer on the way down it's too hard to tell if it hit it or not, so that's fine.
hmmm. I know there was a penalty for it touching the timer after the solve, but I'll check for this year.It doesn't have to be argued. It's written clearly in the guidelines:
- A6e+) CLARIFICATION If the puzzle falls into the lap of the competitor after stopping the timer, this is considered touching the puzzle.
The penalty for the cube touching the timer isn't in the regulations any more, anyway if I recall correctly, that was only for starting the solve, not stopping it.
Wow, I never knew the guidelines existed until now. Thanks!
WCA regulations says it is not cheating - excerpt from there:Is it cheating when you corner twist when unsolvable
What the others have said is right, but keep in mind you call have to the times out until the solver has started, after that, you don't call them anymore. And if they have their hands on the stackmat, you still call it
The strict by-the-book answer has been given previously. For more insight into why, think of it this way: I can totally understand that you might be worried about breaking the competitor's concentration. But the competitor is not able to track how much time has passed. It would be much worse, from their end, to just suddenly be told their result must be DNF because they overinspected accidentally. That's the reason behind why you give them those time announcements.
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