Posted by nmsindy on December 31st, 2010
As in former years, I noted down my solving times for Indy puzzles in 2010. I do not approach puzzles in ‘race the clock’ mode, but always found it interesting to note the solving times especially to compare the setters. The average solving time for a setter’s puzzles is irrelevant to enjoyment of the puzzle which IMHO is the only purpose of this leisure activity and, while it’s a cliché, variety is the spice of life.
Including IoS, 364 puzzles appeared, ie every day except Christmas Day. In 27 of these I could not finish or made errors. My average solving time for the others was 34 mins ( in 2009 it was 32 mins). Fastest, a Quixote puzzle (9 mins), slowest, one by Mordred (119 mins).
My average solving time for each setter, in order from the longest to the shortest, were
Bannsider 74, Nimrod 56, Anax 54, Tyrus 53, Mass 52, Yorick 51, Mordred 48, Klingsor 46, Scorpion 45, Nestor 44, Merlin 41, Morph 41, Tees 38, Math 35, Punk 34, Eimi 33, Radian 31, Hypnos 29, Phi 28, Nitsy 28, Quaiteaux 24, Virgilius 23, Dac 23, Quixote 23, Glow-worm 22, Poins 13.
The number of appearances by each setter were 52 Dac, Phi, Quixote 19 Nimrod 17 Anax 16 Virgilius 14 Eimi, 12 Nestor, Tees 11 Punk, Radian, Scorpion 10 Mordred, Morph 9 Bannsider, Raich, Tyrus 8 Glow-worm 7 Hypnos 6 Math 5 Klingsor 4 Merlin 2 Mass, Nitsy, Quaiteaux 1 Poins, Yorick
All that remains is to wish all setters, bloggers, commenters and all other readers of the blogs on this website all the best for 2011, with a special thanks to Eimi for adding Raich, who has appeared in other crossword series, to the Indy team in 2010, particularly satisfying for someone who has tackled pretty much every Indy cryptic crossword since the paper was launched in the heady days of 1986. They made a big thing of the crossword then, even producing a ‘how to solve’ booklet and it revived my cryptic crossword interest which had been dormant for a while.