Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Toys) for Thursday, April 27, 2017:
When it was first marketed in the late 1970s, this toy was given the Hungarian name “Buvos Kocka”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Troy Steinmetz, a fundraising manager from Santa Clara, California
||Jennifer Fuquay, a stay-at-home mom from San Antonio, Texas
||Alan Lin, a software engineer from Santa Barbara, California (3-day total: $64,800)
What is the Rubik’s Cube?
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The ubiquitous 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube was invented in the mid-1970s by Ernő Rubik at Budapest’s Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts. “Bűvös kocka” is the translation of “Magic Cube”. Because Ideal Toy Co. wanted a recognisable name to trademark for its release, it was renamed the Rubik’s Cube (“Rubik-kocka” in Hungarian).
In a speed-cubing competition, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia solved a standard 3x3x3 cube in 4.73 seconds. Zemdegs’ record for the 4x4x4 cube is 21.24 seconds.
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