Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2481

Date 12 September 2023
Number 2481
Setter Izetti
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 87
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2481

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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 02:09 01:55 89 102
Paul Gilbert 02:25 01:46 73 83
Jason 02:27 01:40 68 78
verlaine 02:33 02:19 90 103
mistigris 02:39 02:08 80 91
hilarym 02:41 02:38 98 112
cmjhutton 02:42 02:56 108 124
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:20 83 95
Flimmy flammy 03:02 02:05 68 78
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 02:43 75 86
richard 03:37 03:13 88 101
Kinghedger 03:49 03:17 86 98
markdobell 03:50 03:23 88 101
Heyesey 03:52 03:18 85 97
glheard 04:00 03:00 75 86
chriss 04:01 03:52 96 110
Strober 04:04 04:12 103 118
lickert 04:10 04:15 102 117
chindit 04:11 05:16 125 143
AlanS 04:17 03:28 80 91
MikeOsborne 04:18 03:29 81 93
joelhames 04:21 03:08 72 82
tiggis 04:27 03:02 68 78
lucyg43484 04:27 04:16 95 109
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 03:29 76 87
patrickcates 04:36 03:15 70 80
Jim Willis 04:37 03:42 80 91
John Walsh 04:37 04:25 95 109
andrewlake 04:38 04:15 91 104
andy 04:42 03:14 68 78
canismiser 04:42 03:31 74 85
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 03:49 80 91
March 04:44 03:21 70 80
alexh 04:46 03:42 77 88
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:47 05:03 105 120
Ed freshpot 04:49 03:37 75 86
Ease This Jam 04:49 05:34 115 132
Umpire 04:52 05:00 102 117
michaelbell53 04:52 05:19 109 125
MK76 04:52 05:37 115 132
Johninterred 04:54 04:15 86 98
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 04:09 83 95
Zander 05:01 03:40 73 83
Squallaby 05:06 03:54 76 87
neilr neilr 05:07 05:31 107 122
Tibthorpe 05:08 05:19 103 118
Penfold_61 05:17 04:38 87 100
daulbs 05:20 03:39 68 78
fshephe 05:20 04:39 87 100
Aly Duncan 05:20 05:56 111 127
ChuckB 05:22 04:54 91 104
Rabbitoh 05:25 04:37 85 97
george.plumbly 05:26 05:43 105 120
KET 05:29 05:57 108 124
Eddddddd 05:34 03:03 54 62
Finzi 05:38 06:05 107 122
Looch 05:42 04:50 84 96
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 05:46 100 114
PGooden 05:54 05:37 95 109
Crossiant 05:55 03:56 66 75
Dzhigit 05:55 04:28 75 86
cmcnsmith 05:56 06:11 104 119
Mark Three 05:58 02:44 45 51
DunPangolin 06:03 05:50 96 110
GMcD 06:05 04:45 78 89
Tudds 06:05 04:53 80 91
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 03:55 63 72
Curarist 06:12 06:10 99 113
jimwetzler 06:17 06:13 98 112
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 04:53 76 87
uvofiz 06:26 06:11 96 110
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 04:57 76 87
Gussie 06:31 06:01 92 105
julian_w 06:32 05:20 81 93
jon 06:37 05:56 89 102
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 04:06 61 70
Puzzleplease 06:38 05:19 80 91
maisiemae 06:41 06:11 92 105
DianeRS 06:48 05:16 77 88
1234 06:48 05:21 78 89
plett11 Plett11 06:48 05:39 83 95
Viscomte 06:51 05:16 76 87
ulaca ulaca 06:57 05:57 85 97
luxtonj61 07:21 05:38 76 87
frost 07:51 05:55 75 86

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.