Enoch Gray, 19, and his mother, Emily, moved to Astoria in 2005. He graduated from Astoria High School in 2016, and expects to graduate from Oregon State University in March. But being a student isn’t his only occupation: He’s a whiz at solving the Rubik’s Cube and the even more difficult Megaminx puzzle, which has 50 movable pieces. You can watch him solve a Rubik’s cube in 18 seconds (!) at http://tinyurl.com/EnochCube.
Enoch competed in the World Rubik’s Cube Championship in Las Vegas in 2013, and recently participated in the World Cube Association Northwest Championships in Portland, coming home with some “cubing” awards: Northwest Champion for solving both the Rubik’s Cube 4x4x4 Blindfolded (5 minutes, 29 seconds) and the 5x5x5 Blindfolded (11 minutes, 47 seconds). The numbers refer to the number of squares on each side of the cube. “He beat his personal record times for each,” his mother said.
“Enoch also currently holds the unofficial world record for solving a Megaminx blindfolded,” she added, solving it in 9 minutes, 8 seconds, which boggles the imagination. “This is an unofficial event because few people do it, and it takes a longer period of time to compete than most events.”
Enoch started “cubing” in 2011. “My brother found an old Rubik’s Cube at our grandparent’s house, and he was playing with it,” he recalled. “I wanted to know how to solve it, so I looked up a guide and learned the basic method.”
“I enjoy doing it,” he added, “because it gives me a goal to work towards, whether that’s solving it faster, or solving a more difficult puzzle, or solving it without looking.”