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Duquesne Rubik’s Cube Wizard Sets New North American Record

A Duquesne University music student has set a new North American record in a Rubik’s cube competition on Dec. 18.

Dan Cohen, a senior music technology major at Duquesne, solved the “4x4” Rubik’s cube in a stunning 43.15 seconds.  He also placed third in the “3x3” event, the standard-issue Rubik’s cube.

The cube has six colors, one on each side, with three layers cut into each axis. This, Cohen explains “provides for more than 43 quintillion positions the cube can be in.”

Cohen, a resident of Allentown, Pa., has been solving Rubik’s cube puzzles competitively since 2007. The most recent competition was held on Dec. 18 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.

The cube competition also included contests in blindfolded and one-handed solving.

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