August 2018 Competition - Fastest Solver Challenge

We hold a series of competitions each month for those players who wish to play competitively. Each monthly competition will end at 12.01am on the 1st of every month, with trophies being awarded to the top 20 ranked players in each individual competition. Not yet on the list? Keep trying! It takes both skill and determination to make it to the Clueless Crosswords Hall of Fame!

Here are the latest results for this month's Fastest Solver Challenge.

Select which of August 2018's current competition rankings you'd like to view:

In the fastest-solver challenge, players compete to achieve the lowest average solving time for all puzzles solved during the competition month. Only players who are ranked in the top 50 of that month's high-score challenge, and who have a solving percentage of 75% or better, are eligible for this contest.

# Player Last Game Solved Rate Av. Time Av. Pts Total
August 13, 2018, 6:17 am1/1100%49 sec.283 pts.283
August 4, 2018, 11:33 am11/1478.57%75.1 sec.274.5 pts.3019
August 15, 2018, 1:09 am16/16100%84.3 sec.271.5 pts.4344
4.JoannieAugust 16, 2018, 5:59 am46/46100%132.3 sec.255.6 pts.11759
August 15, 2018, 6:01 pm96/96100%134.2 sec.254.9 pts.24473
6.EllenCarolineAugust 4, 2018, 1:36 am1/1100%138 sec.254 pts.254
7.llappAugust 9, 2018, 2:44 am2/2100%144.5 sec.251.5 pts.503
8.mamashel5August 15, 2018, 8:21 pm6/785.71%154.2 sec.248.5 pts.1491
9.DragosAugust 16, 2018, 9:39 am63/63100%158.9 sec.246.7 pts.15541
10.juileflansAugust 16, 2018, 7:16 am51/5298.08%177 sec.240.7 pts.12276
August 16, 2018, 8:41 am311/311100%208 sec.231 pts.71846
August 16, 2018, 10:03 am180/180100%209 sec.230.2 pts.41433
August 16, 2018, 3:25 pm112/112100%217.5 sec.227.2 pts.25443
14.thomasgallyphyzzAugust 7, 2018, 12:33 pm1/1100%286 sec.204 pts.204
15.DavyelsAugust 16, 2018, 4:14 am179/18696.24%411.1 sec.187.9 pts.33643
16.hgnAugust 16, 2018, 10:35 am7/7100%468.6 sec.143.6 pts.1005
17.chanthiranAugust 13, 2018, 7:08 am1/1100%485 sec.138 pts.138
18.mysticalmooooAugust 11, 2018, 3:47 pm28/28100%817.9 sec.222.4 pts.6228

* Contest began 12:01am EST, 1 August 2018.

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