So that we have time to run a couple before the end of the year, this will be a very short competition. I hope some people might participate since it is the holidays, but we'll see.

The scoring formula used for this round will be:

score = moves * ln (time in seconds) (where ln is natural logarithm)

And we will have a 10 minute time limit. Anything past 10 minutes is a DNF.

I also have wondered - if this is really intended to be a fairly fast event, it seems like it would be in the spirit of the Weekly Competition to make this an average of 5 instead of a mean of 3? For this round, I am going to provide 5 scrambles. If this proves to be an unpopular idea, I will scale back to 3 on the next trial competition. 3 would be easier for me to implement than 5, since it would then be the same as regular FMC in the form and in the timer. But I wouldn't like to start with mean of 3 this year and then have to switch to average of 5 next year, so I'd like to play with this now to see what happens. If no one participates with all 5 scrambles, I'll assume it was a bad idea and go with mean of 3.

The rules:

Same as normal FMC - you can use up to 3 solved cubes, stickers, and pen and paper. Maximum time of 10 minutes. For each attempt, time the solve from the time you reveal the scramble. You must have the full solution written down on paper before stopping the timer. Then submit here for each solve your solution as well as the time taken to perform the solve.

Scrambles for round 1:

1. R' U' F R2 F' L2 B R2 D2 F' L2 R2 B2 L' R2 F' U' B' L2 D2 U B2 U' F' R' U' F

2. R' U' F D2 R2 D2 F2 D L2 B2 F2 R' U L F D B2 F L D R' B2 F2 R' U' F

3. R' U' F R2 D' L2 D2 B2 U' R2 D' B2 U2 R F R U' L2 U L B U' F2 R' U' F

4. R' U' F L2 R2 D L2 D U2 F2 D2 U' B' F2 D R' D2 L D' B2 D' F R D R' U' F

5. R' U' F D2 U2 L2 U2 L R2 D2 F2 R B F2 U B2 F' L D2 U' F R F' R' U' F

I apologize for the shortness of these rounds, but I would like to do 2 rounds in time for next year's first competition. Therefore, this competition will close just before midnight GMT on December 26, 2019. So that's only 3 days. So hurry if you'd like to compete!