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Rubik's Cube is simple for Wrexham grand master, 95

Published date: 09 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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ONE of the UK’s oldest Rubik’s Cube fanatics still pays the puzzle every day at the ripe old age of 95.

Retired BP engineer Bob Andrew solves the 3D combination puzzle every day to keep his mind razor- sharp and his fingers nimble.

The puzzle was invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik in 1975. It became a craze in the 1980s.

And, according to Mr Andrew, who lives at Pendine Park’s Hillbury care home in Wrexham, he does it as a memory test.

He said: “It’s something to keep my mind going.”

Rebecca Griffith, the deputy manager of Hillbury, is amazed by his mental agility.

She said: “Bob’s a remarkable man. I think it’s very impressive. I can’t do it. It’s something he does every day and it helps keep his mind sharp as well keep the muscles in his hands active.”

Mr Andrews, who is originally from the village of New Deer in Aberdeenshire, was married to his beloved late wife Irene for 60 years.

He worked all over the world for BP, including Iran and Yemen.

The father-of-one got involved in the Rubik’s Cube craze in the 1980s and has been hooked ever since.

He said: “The Rubik’s Cube was all the rage at the time.

“I had a go and was able to do it – but it didn’t come naturally. I had to struggle. But there were others who could do it fairly quickly.

“The quickest I would be able to do it is in about seven minutes. It’s something I do every day.

“I consider myself extremely lucky because there are many people who are younger than me who don’t know what they’re doing.

“I also do crosswords and Sudoku every day. Some of them are very difficult!”

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