When it was time for Max to compete, his parents weren’t sure what to expect. He would have to solve five scrambled puzzles as quickly as he could. Max was allowed 15 seconds to inspect each one before the timer started. To tally his score, judges would throw out his fastest and slowest times and average the remaining three. Max stepped up to the challenge.
When he finished, says Schwan Park, “we asked a bystander, ‘Is his time any good?’” The person replied, “Top 100 in the world.” His parents just shrugged. Maybe there were only 100 people in the world doing this, they told themselves. In reality, the number is closer to 100,000. A huge group of kids and adults all over the world are into cubing just like Max.