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Hi :)
I thought it was really kind to de-geekify Brain's answer.  The tpyo was
unfortunate but these things happen [shrugs].  The main thing, for me, was
that i could then go back to Brian's answer and understand it more easily.
Thanks and regards from
Tom :)

On 9 September 2014 12:22, William Drago <> wrote:

On 9/9/2014 6:18 AM, Brian Barker wrote:

At 05:45 09/09/2014 -0400, William Drago wrote:

This is what Brian is trying to explain...

I was doing more than try! And no: what you suggest here is not what I
was saying.

 You've got 6 samples. The first one taken at 12:04PM, the last one at
12:36PM. The total elapsed time is 12:36PM - 12:04PM = 22 minutes.

Er that's *thirty*-two minutes , not twenty-two, by my arithmetic.

32 minutes, yes! That's what happens when I do math so early in the

 Follow these instructions carefully:

Why not follow my instructions instead (which are quite different), where
a formula does all the calculation for you, not just the last bit?

Since the OP was confused by your instructions (indicating his level of
inexperience with spreadsheets) and you did not explain how to fill the
column or the purpose of $, I offered what I thought would be easier for
someone at his level to understand. It is not necessarily the best
approach, but something I thought would solve his problem and he would
understand. It also demonstrates the ability of a spreadsheet to generate
data based on a pattern in selected cells. This can be a time saver and is
not something everyone is aware of.

My solution is not intended as a criticism of your solution, which made
perfect sense to me and is frequently what I do in my own spreadsheets. I
merely offered an alternative to someone who was struggling.


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