3 days after submitting the XML siteMap the site of this story is listed. The site was cached at midnight the evening after we sumitted the sitemap. Nothing showed up on the organic search results over the next two days - very early Friday morning and the site is listed at the top of the search results.
Yesterday was one of those days where your list just gets longer as the day! Then last night I collapsed into bed exhaused and didn't do any of my usual catch-ups. Question is - when did the site actually list? - I checked at 4:30pm and it hadn't listed - Michelle checked at 8:25 and YES! it was there. Howzat!