Jeffrey Varasano, usually shortened to Jeff Varasano, is an American speedcuber who achieved some fame in the early 1980s as America's fastest speedcuber. He set a US Record of 24.67 seconds in October 1981. He is also inventor of a Corners First method, which was later adapted into the Varasano-Ortega method for 2x2 cubes.
He first solved a Rubik's Cube in June 1980 and developed his core method within 2 months. He then put the Cube away as the cube craze hadn't fully developed yet. The following year the craze exploded, and he wrote his solution (a 5-page pamphlet) at the request of his math teacher.
He attended the first major speedcubing competition in the USA in Boston on July 25, 1981. He was 15-years-old. He achieved several sub-45 times including a 36 second solve. The news crews which were there spotted this fast time and he got onto Boston news. It was out of an article written that day that he found a publisher for his solution. He won the regional heats in New Jersey on October 3 1981, where he set a Rubik's Cube US Record, solving the puzzle in 24.67 seconds. He was runner-up to Minh Thai in the 1981 US national championships on November 13. His time was 28.96 seconds, compared to Thai's 26.04 seconds. He has stated that "a few months later I was averaging just under 22. That was my peak. I had a few 13's for single times, but I was always looking at average." He appeared on several TV shows, including the John Davidson Show, and Merv Griffin.
He was author of the following 1981 book (published twice):
- Jeff Conquers the Cube in 45 Seconds: And You Can Too! ISBN 0812870972
- Conquer the Cube in 45 Seconds ISBN 0517377233
He also wrote a solution guide to Rubik's Revenge. It was submitted to the publishers, but it was never published as the cube craze was dying down by that stage.
He later opened a pizza restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Wow, a blast from the Past!, Speedsolving forum, August 6, 2009.