np2003 - 1:24 pm on Sep 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
5 months ago, I got a site to page 2 for a competitive keyword (1mill+ searches month) within 60 days. I tried doing the same to another 2-3 sites in the last 2 months, but they still haven't got a keyword rank.
I think Google disabled the Sandbox before and perhaps it's re-enabled now after a huge flux of new sites? Who knows... I sit and wait :(