|Target solving times
||[Aug. 26th, 2006|09:45 am]
Crosswords Without Pity
After seeing "Wordplay," I've become inspired to become a better crossword solver. I consider myself fairly decent (although nowhere near the level of Trip, Ellen, et al.), but I'm always looking to improve. The question is how to measure that progress.|
Currently, I time myself on forty puzzles per week: seven each of the NYT, LAT, CS, Newsday, and Universal crosswords, plus five in the Sun. What I'd like to hear from the community here is a sense of target times for each of these that are worthy but attainable goals. I know the Newsday and CS puzzles are considerably easier than the NYT, NYS, and LAT, but just how much easier? Also, the Universal puzzles don't vary in difficulty, so the same target would probably work for each day.
We need something to start from (because otherwise this is all going to be relative), so let's assume that my target for the Monday NYT is 4:00. Where should I set the rest of the benchmarks?