Luke's tricks turn heads

PROBLEM SOLVING: Luke Turnbull with the Rubik's Cube. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
PROBLEM SOLVING: Luke Turnbull with the Rubik's Cube. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

WITH a puzzle which is more than three times his age Luke Turnbull can give most people a run for their money in solving it.

The 3D combination puzzle known as the Rubik's cube was created by Hungarian sculptor Erno Robik in 1974 and originally called magic cube.

The Bundaberg 12-year-old has mastered the art of cubing by completing the riddle with a personal best of 14 seconds.

"The world record is held by Mats Valk - he did it in 5.55 seconds," Luke said.

"I started solving the cube about a year ago because I was bored.

"I've realised there are lots of different patterns."

The year seven Norville State School student said that he enjoys solving other childrens cubes at school, but joked that he wasn't allowed to charge for his help.

Only knowing a handful of other people who can also solve the cube Luke said his talent has inspired others to learn the knack.

"Our music teacher Mr Meerman learnt how to solve it because I could," Luke said.

"It's not impossible to learn.

"There are heaps of different patterns."

"The professionals put lube oils in their cubes and change the tension of the springs so they turn faster.

"I just have a normal cube."

The youngster also has an eye for other detailed puzzles - his father - and NewsMail sports reporter - Ben Turnbull said that he is amazed at his son's speed.

"It's pretty impressive that he can do it," Mr Turnbull said.

"I enjoy word searches, jigsaws and sudoku," Luke said.

It can be said that people who can solve the cube usually have enough mental capability to solve difficult, serious problems quickly and effectively.

The NewsMail captured Luke's skill and has shared it online in the hope that other cubers or people with hidden talents may come forward to contend Luke's record.

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