Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2455

Date 07 August 2023
Number 2455
Setter Hurley
Day of week Monday
NITCH 108
Count of ref solvers 76
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2455

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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 01:57 89 82
Paul Gilbert 02:28 04:39 188 174
Jason 02:32 02:12 86 79
mistigris 02:40 02:42 101 93
hilarym 02:43 02:04 76 70
cmjhutton 02:44 02:10 79 73
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:03 108 100
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:00 97 89
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:06 112 103
richard 03:39 03:13 88 81
markdobell 03:50 04:12 109 100
Heyesey 03:52 03:15 84 77
glheard 04:02 04:41 116 107
Strober 04:04 03:59 97 89
lickert 04:11 04:59 119 110
chindit 04:13 04:28 105 97
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:24 127 117
AlanS 04:19 04:16 98 90
nina s 04:19 06:32 151 139
joelhames 04:21 04:32 104 96
Roscoe 04:26 05:09 116 107
tiggis 04:29 04:53 108 100
trux 04:29 04:37 102 94
lucyg43484 04:30 07:02 156 144
patrickcates 04:33 04:42 103 95
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:35 99 91
canismiser 04:45 03:59 83 76
andy 04:46 04:28 93 86
March 04:46 05:17 110 101
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 06:33 137 126
alexh 04:47 05:49 121 112
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:58 103 95
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:37 116 107
MK76 04:53 05:30 112 103
Umpire 04:54 03:25 69 63
Honggui 04:54 06:51 139 128
Zander 05:02 05:50 115 106
The Dabbler 05:05 04:03 79 73
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 07:56 156 144
Squallaby 05:09 06:39 129 119
neilr neilr 05:10 05:25 104 96
annbrew 05:11 04:57 95 87
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:53 113 104
andy_knott 05:13 04:09 79 73
Penfold_61 05:18 06:10 116 107
Aly Duncan 05:21 05:47 108 100
esmeralda 05:23 05:33 103 95
fshephe 05:25 06:03 111 102
daulbs 05:26 05:00 92 85
george.plumbly 05:28 06:51 125 115
mw7000 05:29 03:47 68 62
KET 05:29 07:48 142 131
MossDef 05:30 06:57 126 116
Rabbitoh 05:32 07:05 128 118
AndyR 05:36 04:09 74 68
Finzi 05:39 07:22 130 120
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 03:48 66 61
Shabbo 05:46 05:42 98 90
Looch 05:48 06:48 117 108
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:52 100 92
cath23 05:52 05:41 96 88
Dzhigit 05:54 07:38 129 119
Carol 05:56 05:40 95 87
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:22 89 82
Crossiant 06:01 04:59 82 75
DunPangolin 06:03 05:11 85 78
PGooden 06:03 06:30 107 99
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 05:17 86 79
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 06:40 108 100
earlylight 06:09 07:27 121 112
martinphillips 06:09 06:54 112 103
Blackbeard 06:11 06:14 100 92
Curarist 06:12 07:04 113 104
ilan 06:17 08:15 131 121
James P 06:18 04:05 64 59
robinh 06:19 08:14 130 120
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:55 107 99
uvofiz 06:30 06:33 100 92
julian_w 06:34 08:12 124 114
KenD51 06:42 06:47 101 93
jon 06:42 05:49 86 79
DianeRS 06:46 08:22 123 113
endafk 06:48 07:43 113 104
Edprof 06:49 07:20 107 99
FraserH 06:56 07:54 113 104
ratterz 07:00 08:08 116 107
benedick 07:04 07:56 112 103
frost 07:51 07:42 98 90
mattindoha 07:57 07:33 94 87
home.bright 08:04 08:21 103 95
suethepotterer 09:07 04:51 53 49
Destime 09:18 07:56 85 78

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.