Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2447

Date 26 July 2023
Number 2447
Setter Felix
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 94
Count of ref solvers 73
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2447

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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 02:08 97 103
Paul Gilbert 02:28 03:04 124 131
Jason 02:32 02:09 84 89
verlaine 02:36 02:23 91 96
mistigris 02:40 02:06 78 82
hilarym 02:43 02:51 104 110
cmjhutton 02:44 02:14 81 86
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:54 94 100
richard 03:39 03:38 99 105
markdobell 03:50 03:33 92 97
Heyesey 03:52 02:27 63 67
Kinghedger 03:52 03:48 98 104
chindit 04:13 03:24 80 85
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:53 91 96
AlanS 04:19 04:05 94 100
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:13 96 102
tilbee 04:21 03:34 81 86
Roscoe 04:26 04:08 93 98
trux 04:29 03:56 87 92
tiggis 04:29 06:01 134 142
lucyg43484 04:30 04:20 96 102
patrickcates 04:33 05:00 109 115
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:52 84 89
John Walsh 04:37 04:39 100 106
Jim Willis 04:38 06:01 129 137
d.middleton 04:39 04:47 102 108
andrewlake 04:44 05:18 111 118
canismiser 04:45 04:23 92 97
wwalker50 04:45 03:54 82 87
March 04:46 04:48 100 106
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:14 88 93
andy 04:46 05:01 105 111
alexh 04:47 04:32 94 100
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:15 88 93
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:57 102 108
Ease This Jam 04:50 03:41 76 80
MK76 04:53 04:11 85 90
Umpire 04:54 03:53 79 84
Honggui 04:54 06:04 123 130
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:51 95 101
Liari 05:09 03:12 62 65
neilr neilr 05:10 04:17 82 87
annbrew 05:11 04:41 90 95
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:15 100 106
andy_knott 05:13 06:12 118 125
Penfold_61 05:18 05:01 94 100
fishernick79 05:19 05:22 100 106
esmeralda 05:23 05:30 102 108
fshephe 05:25 04:35 84 89
daulbs 05:26 04:24 80 85
ChuckB 05:26 05:03 92 97
jdrubin 05:29 04:55 89 94
mw7000 05:29 04:41 85 90
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:37 101 107
Finzi 05:39 05:40 100 106
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 05:49 102 108
Shabbo 05:46 05:56 102 108
Looch 05:48 06:22 109 115
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 04:58 85 90
cath23 05:52 05:55 100 106
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 06:10 104 110
Carol 05:56 04:58 83 88
McBeak McBeak 06:00 04:15 70 74
Crossiant 06:01 04:29 74 78
DunPangolin 06:03 05:58 98 104
PGooden 06:03 05:41 93 98
Tudds 06:05 05:55 97 103
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 05:04 83 88
Blackbeard 06:11 05:53 95 101
Curarist 06:12 05:34 89 94
ilan 06:17 05:01 79 84
James P 06:18 04:33 72 76
mandyroberts2007 06:20 05:44 90 95
Michael Dove 06:23 06:11 96 102
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:15 97 103
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 06:15 96 102
tds 06:29 06:26 99 105
uvofiz 06:30 05:27 83 88
julian_w 06:34 06:25 97 103
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 05:54 89 94
John Arnold 06:44 06:08 91 96
DianeRS 06:46 06:18 93 98
endafk 06:48 06:16 92 97
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:07 89 94
Edprof 06:49 05:47 84 89
jjspomeroy 06:54 03:16 47 50
FraserH 06:56 06:22 91 96
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 05:20 76 80
ratterz 07:00 05:44 81 86
Yatton50 07:02 06:20 90 95

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.