I'm not surprised you're confused. Instead of fewer mushroom maybe I should implement fewer suggestions so quickly. They got scrambled.
Answering your question:
In post #7 you said:
"Run it again now that it's uploaded: just close and re-open the monitor. Result in the monitor will be the same, but total elapsed time will be closer to the 5s."
In post #12 I replied:
"...after doing what you suggest the delay before print appears is consistently about 2s, not 5s, and I don't see why."
But I'm now sure that instead of running your "it" (by which I assume you meant my original code) I ran either the change suggested by @DangerToMyself or the "slight modification" suggested by @GolamMostafa.
I'm going to methodically test my original again followed by your suggestion about re-opening the monitor and I'll report back shortly.
Terry, East Grinstead, UK