Quick SNITCH

A quantitative guide to the degree of difficulty of the Times Quick Cryptic Crossword

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2480

Date 11 September 2023
Number 2480
Setter Oink
Day of week Monday
NITCH 89
Count of ref solvers 55
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2480

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Detailed solving results

Reference, Tracked and Blog solvers with error-free solutions to this puzzle are shown below.

We also show the solver's Personal NITCH, which is their result on this puzzle compared to their average time, and the Wavelength Index of Times Cryptic Hardness, the WITCH, which is the Personal NITCH compared to the SNITCH.

Name TfTT Name Average time This time Personal NITCH WITCH
verlaine 02:36 02:35 99 111
cmjhutton 02:44 02:16 82 92
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:00 71 79
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:07 69 77
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:21 92 103
richard 03:39 03:20 91 102
markdobell 03:50 02:57 76 85
glheard 04:02 03:02 75 84
chindit 04:13 03:48 90 101
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:45 88 98
nina s 04:19 03:56 91 102
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:35 82 92
joelhames 04:21 03:25 78 87
tilbee 04:21 07:41 176 197
tiggis 04:29 04:11 93 104
patrickcates 04:33 03:22 73 82
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:34 77 86
d.middleton 04:39 04:58 106 119
andrewlake 04:44 03:40 77 86
canismiser 04:45 04:06 86 96
andy 04:46 04:30 94 105
March 04:46 05:16 110 123
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 06:05 127 142
alexh 04:47 04:38 96 107
Dofray 04:48 07:29 155 174
Ed freshpot 04:50 03:49 78 87
Ease This Jam 04:50 05:37 116 130
MK76 04:53 03:03 62 69
Johninterred 04:54 03:16 66 74
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:52 115 129
Squallaby 05:09 04:55 95 106
neilr neilr 05:10 05:08 99 111
esmeralda 05:23 03:22 62 69
fshephe 05:25 04:49 88 98
daulbs 05:26 06:21 116 130
george.plumbly 05:28 04:04 74 83
jdrubin 05:29 05:29 100 112
Eddddddd 05:34 04:55 88 98
Finzi 05:39 05:26 96 107
Shabbo 05:46 04:34 79 88
Looch 05:48 04:17 73 82
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:37 113 126
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 05:07 87 97
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 04:26 75 84
Dzhigit 05:54 04:35 77 86
SimonB 05:56 03:40 61 68
cmcnsmith 05:56 06:01 101 113
Mark Three 05:58 07:48 130 146
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:57 99 111
DunPangolin 06:03 04:06 67 75
Tudds 06:05 04:47 78 87
Rosron 06:07 04:38 75 84
GMcD 06:08 04:55 80 89
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 04:35 74 83
earlylight 06:09 04:10 67 75
martinphillips 06:09 06:56 112 125
rhi.andrew 06:10 05:23 87 97
Blackbeard 06:11 04:51 78 87
jimwetzler 06:16 05:04 80 89
ilan 06:17 05:23 85 95
James P 06:18 08:09 129 144
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 06:40 104 116
uvofiz 06:30 05:20 82 92
pfalloon 06:30 06:17 96 107
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 05:20 81 91
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 04:49 72 80
Nangle 06:41 06:14 93 104
KenD51 06:42 04:48 71 79
alastair52 06:43 05:30 81 91
Riche Riche 06:43 05:46 85 95
John Arnold 06:44 04:31 67 75
maisiemae 06:45 05:37 83 93
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:40 98 110
1234 06:48 05:58 87 97
endafk 06:48 06:58 102 114
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:49 100 112
raincloud 06:49 05:19 77 86
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 07:06 102 114
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:34 94 105
Cookincats 06:57 07:48 112 125
simjt simjt 07:13 07:07 98 110
martinede 07:15 05:08 70 78
gsriordan52 07:20 06:29 88 98
luxtonj61 07:21 05:59 81 91
Sheen 07:21 06:25 87 97
Pendrov 07:24 08:16 111 124
CoxBurglar 07:37 07:34 99 111
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 07:12 94 105
mattindoha 07:57 05:24 67 75
goblin 08:21 07:59 95 106
BletchleyReject 08:27 12:00 142 159
nigelmzzz 08:44 07:43 88 98
Dr. Memory 08:56 07:48 87 97
Rhys 08:58 05:52 65 73
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 12:11 73 82

A guide to the solver status

Legend
 Reference solver used for SNITCH
 Other Reference solver
 Tracked solver
 Blog solver

Blog Solvers

Blog Solvers are those who have allowed their times to be taken from the Times for the Times blog.

Notes for Blog Solvers:

  • the most reliable format for reporting times is with format "mm:ss" or as "x minutes" in the title or at the start of the entry
  • only the first main comment for each blogger is used; responses to other comments or a second comment is ignored
  • to report errors, include "n errors" just after the time
  • If you just have a time it is assumed you have no errors unless you mention DNF or pink squares or giving up, etc, in the text
  • Examples of good time notifications are "38:30, 0 errors" and "39 minutes, 0 errors" in the comment title or as the first part of your comment

Notes

The definition of Reference and Tracked solvers is described on the Neutrinos page.

The results for Reference solvers are normally used to calcuate the SNITCH. When this happens they are shown in the list with a solid blue line to the left. In the previous SNITCH results listing for each crossword, these were the only entries shown.

The most common causes for Reference solver results not to be used are: (a) that they did not meet the criteria this month to be used as a reference (e.g. they may not have completed enough puzzles on each day of the week) or (b) they have been pushed out of the top 100 on the leader board. In these cases, the results are now shown, but their data is not used for the SNITCH calculation.

Where there is data for Tracked solvers, I show them also in this table. The solving data is not always available, as the Crossword Club site only shows the top 100 solvers to everyone. Logged-in users get their own leaderboard position and those around them, but this is not available to everyone. So the SNITCH site only gets data for those who have made the top 100 in the leaderboard at some point during the day.

As a result there are a few geographically advantaged solvers; those of us who solve early in the day (e.g. we in the Antipodes, those in Asia and those staying up late in North America) are more likely to hit the leaderboard even with slower times. Solvers who are just as capable but solve later in the UK day might not make the top 100 and I have no way to capture their results.

You may wonder why there are Tracked solvers (in red) with low average solving times, mixed in with the Reference solvers (in blue). These are usually those that, while they don't seem to be Neutrinos, are not well aligned to the SNITCH. So I don't use them as Reference solvers in the SNITCH calculation, but still show their overall results.

You might also notice that there's some inconsistency at the tail end of the Reference solver list. My cutoff point is an average solving time of 45 minutes. But if someone around this mark is chosen as a Reference solver, their next month's results might end up being over 45 minutes and they will still be used. Alternatively, a Tracked solver might creep in under 45 minutes on the next calculation, but didn't make the cut for the prior Reference list. It's on the to-do list to see if I can make this a bit more predictable.