paulv66 wrote:

The regular puzzle rankings are also fairly close to a level playing field, but can be distorted by the inclusion of bonus puzzles. A subscriber solving all the 'standard' puzzles will earn 385 points in a week. The extra puzzles are worth 56 or 63 points each week, depending on whether or not Saturday's puzzle is 15x15. Someone averaging 5 points a day on the timed puzzles will therefore average almost exactly 480 points a week, excluding the bonus puzzles.

As the bonus puzzles are available every 250 points for subscribers (and are worth 10 points that are included in the total points tally), this means that a 'typical' subscriber who solves all the puzzles will earn somewhere in the region of 500 points a week on average, including two bonus puzzles. This is borne out by the regular puzzle 7 day rankings, which often show several people tied for first on 405 points.

Someone scoring a lot more than 35 points on the timed puzzles or earning points from book puzzles will have the occasional week when they earn 3 bonus puzzles, bringing their regular points total to 415. The totals can also be distorted from time to time by delays in submitting the 12x12 puzzles or Tuesday's 9x9 or Friday's Killer Sudoku. But that's similar to someone getting themselves temporarily on top of the overall rankings by saving up the extra puzzles.

Just to follow up on the above, I had a look at the points available from the regular puzzles on each day of the week and they are as follows:

Monday 56

Tuesday 58

Wednesday 49

Thursday 60

Friday 55

Saturday 53

Sunday 54

**Total 385**There are currently a number of people tied on 594 points for the year to date. This equals 385 + 58 (Tuesday)+ 49 (Wednesday) + 3x10 (Bonus puzzles) + 9x8 (Extra puzzles). It will be interesting to see how many people will manage to maintain a 100% record and for how long. Even if a lot of people do this, gaps will eventually appear at the top of the table as those who score a lot on the timed puzzles or who gain points from submitting book puzzles will get access to more bonus puzzles and will gradually pull ahead of the rest of the field.

Paul

PS: I used to be able to access a list of 'special' puzzles and the days of the week on which they appear. But it doesn't seem to be available any more, or am I missing something?

Edited 11/01/2019 to include extra puzzles in calculation shown above.