Howdy Partner 2018

Feb 3, 2018
Houston, Texas, United States

Westin Galleria Houston

5060 West Alabama Houston, Texas 77056

The venue will be held in both Woodway II and Woodway III room's on the Fourth Level.

Organization team
Eric Zhao, Josh Weimer, Ryan Jew, and Zachary White
WCA Delegates
Shonathon Collins and Zachary White

This competition will have a 175-person competitor limit. Make sure to pay the $30 registration fee before the competitor limit fills up!

Main event
Registration period

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Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 175 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $30 (United States Dollar).
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Dylan Miller won with an average of 7.48 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Blake Thompson finished second (8.07) and Jonah Crosby finished third (8.45).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Cube Dylan Miller 7.28 7.48 United States 7.307.709.267.437.28
4x4x4 Cube Jonah Crosby 28.58 31.45 United States 31.1329.6839.1533.5328.58
7x7x7 Cube Mahith Bandi 3:03.25 3:06.88 United States 3:03.253:11.873:05.51
3x3x3 Blindfolded Jeff Park 20.73 22.54 United States 20.7325.7621.12
3x3x3 One-Handed Dylan Miller 11.49 14.24 United States 15.2811.4913.5414.2814.91
Pyraminx Andres Rodriguez 2.59 4.18 United States 4.682.597.134.133.74
4x4x4 Blindfolded Timothy Goh 2:22.46 DNF United States 2:52.41DNF2:22.46
3x3x3 With Feet Ryan Jew 54.99 1:12.02 United States 1:23.3554.991:25.761:14.5458.17
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 64 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:15.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
7x7x7 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 8:00.00 1 attempt to get < 5:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 6 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 40.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Pyraminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 45.00 2 attempts to get < 13.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 With Feet Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 3:00.00

We will be taking walk in registrations, up to the competitor cap of 175. Ask for one of the organizers if you are interested in registering.

We will need the following information from you if you are interested in registering

  • WCA ID (if you are a returning competitor)
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Country of Residence (Proof of residence needed if not a US citizen)

You MUST show up 15 minutes before the first event you wish to participate in.

Keep up with live results here:

Event Number of Rounds Cutoff/Time Limit
3x3 3 None/10:00
4x4 2 1:15/2:00
7x7 1 5:00/8:00
Pyraminx 1 0:13/0:45
3x3 OH 2 0:40/1:00
3x3 with Feet 1 3:00/5:00
3x3 BLD 2 10 minutes cumulative
4x4 BLD 1 1 hour cumulative (Max 3 atempts)
5x5 BLD 1 1 hour cumulative (Max 3 atempts)
Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
8:00-9:00 4x4 Blindfolded and 5x5 Blindfolded 1 Hour Cumulative for both events
8:00-9:00 3x3 with Feet 3 minutes 5 minutes
9:00-9:30 3x3 Blindfolded 10 minutes cumulative
9:30-9:45 New Competitor Tutorial
9:45-10:30 7x7 Combined Final 5 minutes 8 minutes
10:30-12:30 3x3 Round 1 10 minutes
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15 3x3 One-Handed Round 1 40 seconds 1 minute
2:15-3:15 4x4 Combined First 75 seconds 2 minutes
3:15-4:15 Pyraminx Combined Final 13 seconds 45 seconds
4:15-5:00 3x3 Round 2 Top 64
5:00-5:15 3x3 Blindfolded Final Top 6
5:15-5:30 3x3 One-Handed Final Top 12
5:30-5:45 4x4 Final Top 12
5:45-6:00 3x3 Final Top 12
6:00-6:25 Awards/Cleanup

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CubeDepot will be sponsoring and vending at this competition!

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

We wanted to let you know this event is perfectly fine for cubers of any age and experience. We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here:

Of course, those regulations contain a lot of legalese, so we have a video made specifically for new cubers, just to show them the basics of competing. This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial, Saturday morning of the competition. That would be the perfect time to ask those questions and clear up any confusion.

If you are stoked to compete and ready to sign up, head over to the registration tab, click register, and fill out the information it asks for. This will help you get set up the WCA's system and one step closer to your first official solve!


Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete, however, we will have a vendor at this competition, from which you can buy puzzles if your current ones have seen better days.

Q: What is the normal age of competitors at these events?

A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 20 years old. Don't let this stop you though, everyone can and should cube!

Q: What is the competition like?

A; Competitions are a bunch of tables where nerds like us get to sit and discuss our favorite thing, Cubes! Of course in addition there is competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants new personal bests, and a vendor, where you can purchase all you cubing related needs. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into heats, as to better organize who competes when. (Check the Groups tab and listen at the competition for more info on this.)

Q: How do I find results?

A: All results are posted on the WCA page a couple of days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of competing, go to to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about 2nd and 3rd rounds of events.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?

A: Make sure you pay you entrance fee in order to be automatically placed on the registered list, which will also guarantee you a spot in the competition. If payment may be any issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us, and see if we can work out another payment strategy, or have you pay on arrival at the compeition. No matter what you situation may be however, please register online. It is much easier for us to have you register now and pay later, then to have to input information at another time.

Q: Are there age divisions?

A: Nope! All cometitors compete in the same group.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?

A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!

There are two airports in Houston, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Houston Hobby Airport (HOU).

You can book a room at the Westin Galleria (The hotel the venue is at) for 20% off the going rate by using this link.

You can book a room at the Westin Oaks Houston (4 minute walk from the venue) for 20% off the going rate by using this link.

You can find out which groups you are in here:

The information will also be available at the competition itself.

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced (see Regulation A1a2).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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