SPAMtown Cubing 2023

Mar 18, 2023
Austin, Minnesota, United States

IJ Holton Intermediate School

1800 4th Ave SE, Austin, MN 55912

There is ample parking outside of door 1. This is our local STEAM school. Signs will direct you to the cafeteria.

Organization team
James Ekins, Jayne Ekins, and Midwest Cubing Association
WCA Delegates
Carter Kucala and Walker Welch
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This competition is supported by the Midwest Cubing Association.

Main event
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There is a competitor limit of 100 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $15 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 95% of your registration fee.
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Brian Johnson won with an average of 6.41 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Zeke Mackay finished second (7.47) and Nathan Phillips finished third (8.08).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Cube Brian Johnson 5.83 6.41 United States 6.785.836.656.585.99
2x2x2 Cube Brian Johnson 1.20 1.72 United States 2.192.451.481.491.20
5x5x5 Cube Zeke Mackay 52.91 55.77 United States 52.911:03.6758.5453.1355.65
3x3x3 One-Handed Brian Johnson 10.14 11.42 United States 11.4210.3214.5912.5210.14
Megaminx Brian Johnson 42.81 46.71 United States 51.6643.8142.8147.3249.01
Pyraminx Simon Kellum 1.90 2.23 United States 1.902.152.222.313.26
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 50 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
5x5x5 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 5:00.00
3x3x3 One-Handed Final Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
Pyraminx First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (March 18, 2023)

From 08:00 AM
To 08:45 AM
From 08:45 AM
To 09:15 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
From 09:15 AM
To 10:30 AM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Time limit
Top 50 advance to next round
From 10:30 AM
To 11:30 AM
2x2x2 Cube First round
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 11:30 AM
To 12:30 PM
From 12:30 PM
To 01:15 PM
Pyraminx First round
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 01:15 PM
To 02:15 PM
5x5x5 Cube First round
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
Top 12 advance to next round
From 02:15 PM
To 03:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 03:00 PM
To 03:55 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 45.00
From 03:55 PM
To 04:55 PM
Megaminx Final
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
From 04:55 PM
To 05:15 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Time limit
From 05:15 PM
To 05:45 PM
5x5x5 Cube Final
Time limit
From 05:45 PM
To 06:05 PM
Pyraminx Final
Time limit
From 06:05 PM
To 06:25 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Time limit
From 06:25 PM
To 06:55 PM


New Competitors:

-Before the competition, watch this great video made by WCA Senior Delegate Kit Clement with the basics of how it all works.
-Also check out this written tutorial on the WCA website to learn about the procedures for competing and judging.
-We encourage first time competitors to test out the timing equipment before your first attempt! Feel free to ask a staff member how competing works.
-The competitors will be split up into groups for competing. You will be assigned a group, which you can find on the Groups Tab.
-On the day of the competition when your group number is called you bring your puzzle up and put it on a scorecard with your name on it and wait in the competitor waiting area until your name is called.
-It's a good idea to arrive before the scheduled time for your event because if you are not there for the last call you might not be allowed to compete.
-Read the "All Competitors" information below.

All Competitors:

-Be familiar with the WCA Regulations!
-We are going to need all the help we can get from volunteers throughout the day to make the competition run well. You may judge in any group that you aren't competing during, in addition to your assigned judging!
-Information about assigned judging will be available around the room; you will be assigned one group of helping for each event you are competing in.
-Parents and spectators are welcome to judge too, it's a great way to have a new experience and be more involved with the event, other than competing!
-If you do not know how to judge all of the staff members are more than happy to teach you.
-Flash photography is NOT allowed because it is very distracting to people while they are solving.
-You must NOT talk about the scrambles of an event while it is still in progress (2g3).
-Make sure all screens of any cameras or phones you have on the table are facing away from you and do not touch them during the attempt, otherwise this will result in a DNF (2i2).
-Please treat the venue with respect, pick up any trash, keep track of your puzzles, and respect other people's puzzles.

We will provide a judging tutorial at the beginning of the day, right before the start of the 3x3 Speedsolving event. This will allow anyone with questions about how to judge to be properly prepared when they are expected to help. We hope that this system will fairly divide up the judging of the competition and make the competition run smoothly for all.

Schedule Changes and Rounds:

-Be aware of regulation A1a3: if we are lacking volunteers or the competition begins to fall behind schedule, we reserve the right to make the limits stricter as needed. We don't want that to happen, so please consider helping out when you aren't competing!
-In regards to later rounds, be aware of regulation 9p3. If you won't be present for a further round you made it to please let us know so we can drop you and move someone else into the round; similarly, if you aren't present when the further round begins we may assume that to be your withdrawal and drop you so the next competitor in the rankings can compete.

By registering for this competition, you agree that you understand all the information presented in this tab, will abide by all the COVID-19 restrictions placed on this competition, and acknowledge the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other disease in attending an event of this scale.

  • Masks are optional, but encouraged
  • Attendees should maintain a minimum of 3ft from others whenever possible.
  • If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc. - do not attend this competition.
  • If you have had a positive COVID-19 test or prolonged exposure to someone with the virus within 14 days prior to the competition, do not attend.
  • The competition may be cancelled if the COVID-19 situation in Minnesota and/or the US progresses.

Note: The COVID safety restrictions may change if cases increase or decrease in Minnesota and/or the US.

This competition is sponsored by TheCubicle! They will provide gift card codes to the podium winners!

For each event, competitors are called to compete one group at a time. To facilitate this, all competitors will be assigned to a specific group for each event. Judging, running, and scrambling assignments for helping out at the competition are also listed for each competitor.

The competitor cards will also be available on a lanyard for each competitor at registration the morning of the competition. All competitors will be required to wear their lanyards throughout the day of the competition.

Group assignments available here:

Live results will be available here during the event.

If you have paid your registration fee but are not on the competitors list, you should find your name (initials) in the table below on the waitlist. If you have recently paid your registration fee and do not see your name on this list, this table is updated periodically and you should see your name soon. Competitors on this list will only be accepted onto the competitors list if other competitors drop out of the competition.

Waiting List Number Initials
1 (Added)
2 (Added)
3 (Added)
4 (Added)
5 GJ
7 BW
8 XH
9 BE
10 OB
11 NPC
12 TA
13 WM
14 RH
15 BH
16 EC
17 CH
18 JN
19 BL
20 CUH

Holiday Inn Austin (1701 4th St NW, Austin, MN) is offering a discounted rate to competitors, $115+tax. Call to reserve and mention SPAMtown Cubing 2023 for special rate, (507)433-1000.

Recommended local eateries:
1910 Fresh Locally-owned fresh Mexican fare with entrees like Chipotle-style burritos, fish tacos, quesadillas, salads and more. Barbacoa tacos are a local favorite! Order ahead online for quick pickup.
Piggy Blues This is the hometown source for tender flavorful shredded pork sandwiches and platters with homestyle sides. Avoid ordering burgers and battered items during the lunch rush. Everything is cooked to order and the time to prepare these may delay your return to cubing. Also take a look at their SPAM menu, because you are in SPAMtown afterall.
Tender-Maid Visit this hometown sandwich counter for premium seasoned crumbled ground beef on a bun, topped with signature sauces and extras. This shop is a recommended local import in the style of Iowa Maid-Rite sandwiches.
Dominos Order ahead with timed pickup in the app or online
Hy-Vee take-out counters sushi, Chinese, homestyle entrees and sides, bakery, salad bar
Wahlburger at Hy-Vee

If you have some time before or after cubing to soak up some local flavor, visit these free local attractions:
SPAM Museum- Austin is home to the world-wide headquarters of Hormel Foods and its many subsidiaries. The SPAM Museum is well done with self-deprecating humor and a chance to explore the storied history and global reach of SPAM. You will be welcomed by a SPAMbassador and offered SPAMples of the many varieties of SPAM. Embrace the SPAM.
JC Hormel Nature Center- This forested nature reserve is home to a beautiful interpretive center, walking paths, a fire tower, and nature programming. Come here for a chance to spot wildlife, explore accessible trails, and learn about the natural history of the Austin area.

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).


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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