Ok, here's a scramble for you FMC guys. It's the one from the UK Masters:

L B2 F2 R2 D2 R' F2 L U2 R' F2 L' F L2 B2 F' R' B2 F' U' L2

WOOT! 33-move solution in 27 minutes! (Incidentally, that's a 33-move solution with 33 minutes left to go

) This is easily my best solution by far in terms of its (solution length) : (time taken) ratio

Inverse scramble: L2 U F B2 R F B2 L2 F' L F2 R U2 L' F2 R D2 R2 F2 B2 L'

1x2x3: F2 L2 U' L D2 B2 (6/6)

Opposite 1x2x3:

B R2 B' L2 R U' R (6/12)

CxLL:

R U R' U R U2 R' (6/18)

All but 6 edges: U2 . L' (2/20)

Edge 3-cycle insertion at .:

U R L' B2 .. R' L U (6/26)

Edge double-2-cycle insertion at ..:

B R2 L2 D2 R2 L2 U2 B' (7/33)

Inverse solution: F2 L2 U' L D2 B' R2 B' L2 R U' R2 U R' U R U2 R' U' R L' B' R2 L2 D2 R2 L2 U2 B' R' L U L'

Solution: L U' L' R B U2 L2 R2 D2 L2 R2 B L R' U R U2 R' U' R U' R2 U R' L2 B R2 B D2 L' U L2 F2 (33, it's 29 STM by the way

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It's nowhere near my shortest solution, but it's one of my better ones, and I'm especially satisfied with this because I don't think I could've bettered any of the steps even with 33 minutes to go

So I just spent the rest of the hour smiling to myself and kept doing and redoing the solution to make sure it worked

I spent 2 or 3 minutes with the original scramble, gave up, then tried the inverse. I got to the "all but 6 edges" stage in 10 minutes. Rest of the time was spent hunting for insertion points. Told you I suck at insertions

The only reason I was able to finish up to step 3 of Roux so quickly was because my solution was almost linear. Try it yourself, it's very straightforward! So I guess this shouldn't really count as a legitimate solution because it was really, really lucky

I'm sure any competent Roux user will be able to get a much better solution with the inverse scramble

That said, this solution marks many firsts for me:

1. First solution under 30 minutes.

2. First (non-DNF) Roux solution.

3. First solution with edge cycle insertions.

4. First solution with a double-2-cycle insertion.

5. First solution with 2 insertions completed in time.

6. First solution in which I didn't have a backup and just went with my original starting moves

Risky!

Would've been an AsR

I hope I get to a competition soon. I really love FMC. I don't want it to end up like BLD: I had my first (and only) competition after I quit BLD, so I got a DNF and a lousy time

Edit: Now that I've seen Jude's solution, I feel kinda lousy that my solution was only as good as a Fridrich solution

Guess I've still got a lot of work to put into my FMC