Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2414

Date 09 June 2023
Number 2414
Setter Joker
Day of week Friday
NITCH 108
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2414

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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
mohn 02:11 02:44 125 115
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:07 85 78
Jason 02:32 03:08 123 113
verlaine 02:36 03:03 117 108
mistigris 02:40 02:42 101 93
hilarym 02:43 03:01 111 102
cmjhutton 02:44 02:28 90 83
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:54 102 94
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:45 89 82
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:26 94 87
richard 03:39 03:54 106 98
markdobell 03:50 04:38 120 111
Heyesey 03:52 04:03 104 96
Kinghedger 03:52 03:22 87 80
lickert 04:11 03:41 88 81
chindit 04:13 04:21 103 95
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:16 124 114
AlanS 04:19 04:51 112 103
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:06 94 87
tilbee 04:21 04:00 91 84
lucyg43484 04:30 05:09 114 105
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:08 89 82
Jim Willis 04:38 05:19 114 105
canismiser 04:45 05:11 109 100
wwalker50 04:45 04:29 94 87
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:54 123 113
March 04:46 04:39 97 89
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:32 115 106
MK76 04:53 05:43 117 108
Umpire 04:54 07:12 146 135
michaelbell53 04:58 04:57 99 91
Squallaby 05:09 04:47 92 85
Tibthorpe 05:12 06:03 116 107
Penfold_61 05:18 04:35 86 79
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:33 122 112
esmeralda 05:23 06:28 120 111
fshephe 05:25 05:52 108 100
daulbs 05:26 04:40 85 78
jimpen 05:26 05:55 108 100
Spanna 05:27 05:51 107 99
george.plumbly 05:28 04:21 79 73
KET 05:29 07:26 135 125
Rabbitoh 05:32 08:02 145 134
Finzi 05:39 05:34 98 90
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 06:27 113 104
Julian Forbes 05:45 08:18 144 133
Shabbo 05:46 06:32 113 104
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 04:54 84 77
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 07:28 127 117
cath23 05:52 07:13 123 113
SimonB 05:56 05:18 89 82
Carol 05:56 05:12 87 80
McBeak McBeak 06:00 07:46 129 119
Crossiant 06:01 04:54 81 75
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 08:15 135 125
Rosron 06:07 06:05 99 91
GMcD 06:08 06:47 110 101
jimwetzler 06:16 06:57 110 101
James P 06:18 06:26 102 94
robinh 06:19 07:56 125 115
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 08:18 129 119
Aloysius 06:28 08:06 125 115
uvofiz 06:30 05:48 89 82
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 05:41 86 79
julian_w 06:34 07:05 107 99
jon 06:42 07:48 116 107
DrBill 06:42 07:11 107 99
Riche Riche 06:43 04:50 71 65
rburman 06:43 06:04 90 83
John Arnold 06:44 07:03 104 96
Puzzleplease 06:46 08:28 125 115
endafk 06:48 06:30 95 87
Hodge21 06:49 07:51 115 106
jjspomeroy 06:54 06:10 89 82
FraserH 06:56 07:15 104 96
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 07:31 108 100
ulaca ulaca 06:57 07:59 114 105
Yatton50 07:02 07:33 107 99
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:22 103 95
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 07:19 100 92
AndyLast 07:35 08:24 110 101
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 07:02 92 85
Laputan 08:18 06:53 82 75

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.