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Chinese boy solves 3 Rubik’s cubes at once with both hands – and feet

Que Jianyu takes 55 seconds to complete the puzzles on a TV children’s talent show

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 August, 2017, 12:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 August, 2017, 5:16pm

A 12-year-old Chinese boy has astonished an overseas TV talent show audience by taking less than a minute to solve three Rubik’s cube puzzles – one in each hand and one with his feet.

Que Jianyu accomplished the feat while making a one-off appearance on the Australian version of the children’s talent show Little Big Shots.

Que’s first stunt on Sunday was to memorise the positions of the squares on a cube and then complete the puzzle with a blindfold on. He did so in about 12 seconds.

“I need to memorise the position of every single square and use the formula to solve it,” he said in Putonghua through an interpreter.

Show host Shane Jacobson said: “That’s unbelievable. I cannot remember how to spell his name and I’ve seen it written on the wall about 10 times.”

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Que also had a race with his idol, Australian Rubik’s cube speedsolver Feliks Zemdegs, who holds the world record of solving the puzzle in 4.73 seconds, although the boy lost by a few seconds.

Que then took off his shoes and successfully completed three cubes using his hands and feet, prompting the audience to burst into applause.

Que lives in Xiamen in Fujian province and learned how to solve Rubik’s cube puzzles when he was six, according to Xiamen Daily.

His ability made him a regular on children’s TV talent shows.

He had one setback on the German TV show Superkids two years ago when he failed to solve the puzzle blindfolded.