Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2482

Date 13 September 2023
Number 2482
Setter Felix
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 116
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2482

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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
Paul Gilbert 02:25 03:10 131 112
Jason 02:27 02:03 83 71
verlaine 02:33 03:24 133 114
mistigris 02:39 03:34 134 115
hilarym 02:41 03:03 113 97
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 04:05 146 125
Flimmy flammy 03:02 03:33 117 100
richard 03:37 03:57 109 93
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 04:03 111 95
Kinghedger 03:49 04:37 120 103
markdobell 03:50 04:12 109 93
chriss 04:01 03:59 99 85
lickert 04:10 04:56 118 101
chindit 04:11 04:40 111 95
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 03:12 75 64
AlanS 04:17 06:22 148 127
tilbee 04:19 04:20 100 86
joelhames 04:21 04:07 94 81
nina s 04:22 03:03 69 59
lucyg43484 04:27 05:38 126 108
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 04:53 106 91
Jim Willis 04:37 07:26 161 138
andrewlake 04:38 06:36 142 122
andy 04:42 04:44 100 86
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 06:19 133 114
March 04:44 08:11 172 148
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:47 06:24 133 114
Ease This Jam 04:49 07:02 146 125
Ed freshpot 04:49 04:50 100 86
Honggui 04:51 06:01 124 106
Umpire 04:52 04:26 91 78
MK76 04:52 06:28 132 113
Zander 05:01 05:19 105 90
Squallaby 05:06 07:47 152 131
neilr neilr 05:07 05:20 104 89
Tibthorpe 05:08 05:24 105 90
Liari 05:09 05:23 104 89
andy_knott 05:12 05:36 107 92
footballblue 05:15 08:19 158 136
Penfold_61 05:17 06:06 115 99
esmeralda 05:18 06:48 128 110
fshephe 05:20 04:59 93 80
daulbs 05:20 05:22 100 86
mw7000 05:22 04:58 92 79
Rabbitoh 05:25 07:06 131 112
george.plumbly 05:26 04:41 86 74
Dekkers 05:31 05:57 107 92
Finzi 05:38 06:14 110 94
Shabbo 05:40 07:48 137 118
Looch 05:42 04:53 85 73
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:00 102 87
PGooden 05:54 06:24 108 93
Dzhigit 05:55 06:45 114 98
Crossiant 05:55 08:26 142 122
McBeak McBeak 06:02 05:22 88 75
DunPangolin 06:03 07:42 127 109
GMcD 06:05 06:49 112 96
Tudds 06:05 07:12 118 101
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 06:30 105 90
ilan 06:10 05:14 84 72
Curarist 06:12 08:01 129 111
James P 06:15 08:27 135 116
robinh 06:16 07:51 125 107
Michael Dove 06:23 07:43 120 103
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 07:43 120 103
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 08:08 126 108
uvofiz 06:26 06:50 106 91
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 08:37 133 114
julian_w 06:32 08:28 129 111
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 08:07 122 105
John Arnold 06:39 08:36 129 111
endafk 06:43 07:06 105 90
Riche Riche 06:43 07:08 106 91
raincloud 06:49 07:39 112 96
Viscomte 06:51 08:24 122 105
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:42 96 82
barracuda barracuda 06:59 08:31 121 104
m5harp 07:15 07:28 102 87
gsriordan52 07:20 08:15 112 96
TomHerbert 07:37 08:38 113 97
goblin 08:21 07:09 85 73

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.

Stored SNITCH Values

Here are the SNITCH values (stored on the day) from the crossword.

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