Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2484

Date 15 September 2023
Number 2484
Setter Pedro
Day of week Friday
NITCH 108
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2484

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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 02:32 104 96
Jason 02:27 02:38 107 99
verlaine 02:33 02:36 101 93
cmjhutton 02:42 02:32 93 86
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 03:29 125 115
Flimmy flammy 03:02 03:03 100 92
richard 03:37 03:50 105 97
markdobell 03:50 04:00 104 96
Heyesey 03:52 03:33 91 84
glheard 04:00 04:02 100 92
lickert 04:10 03:37 86 79
chindit 04:11 04:35 109 100
AlanS 04:17 04:52 113 104
tilbee 04:19 04:46 110 101
nina s 04:22 05:43 130 120
lucyg43484 04:27 04:49 108 100
tiggis 04:27 04:49 108 100
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 04:09 90 83
Jim Willis 04:37 06:22 137 126
andrewlake 04:38 05:48 125 115
d.middleton 04:39 05:05 109 100
andy 04:42 05:27 115 106
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 04:48 101 93
March 04:44 06:27 136 125
alexh 04:46 03:07 65 60
Ed freshpot 04:49 05:25 112 103
Umpire 04:52 05:33 114 105
MK76 04:52 05:51 120 111
Johninterred 04:54 07:10 146 135
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 05:19 106 98
Zander 05:01 04:55 98 90
Squallaby 05:06 06:44 132 122
neilr neilr 05:07 06:52 134 124
Tibthorpe 05:08 05:31 107 99
Penfold_61 05:17 05:38 106 98
esmeralda 05:18 07:21 138 127
fshephe 05:20 03:47 70 64
daulbs 05:20 04:27 83 76
george.plumbly 05:26 05:24 99 91
KET 05:29 09:12 167 154
Dekkers 05:31 06:05 110 101
Finzi 05:38 06:16 111 102
Shabbo 05:40 05:08 90 83
Looch 05:42 04:35 80 74
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 07:39 133 123
squark 05:50 06:46 116 107
SlumdogEngineer 05:55 06:55 116 107
Crossiant 05:55 05:57 100 92
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 05:58 10:04 168 155
nigel 06:00 08:31 141 130
GMcD 06:05 05:50 95 87
Tudds 06:05 06:53 113 104
Rosron 06:05 07:13 118 109
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 05:35 91 84
martinphillips 06:09 08:49 143 132
ilan 06:10 05:38 91 84
James P 06:15 06:26 102 94
robinh 06:16 06:23 101 93
jimwetzler 06:17 05:10 82 75
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 08:49 138 127
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 05:30 85 78
Gussie 06:31 08:40 132 122
julian_w 06:32 06:37 101 93
jon 06:37 09:59 150 138
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 09:20 141 130
Puzzleplease 06:38 07:28 112 103
John Arnold 06:39 12:06 181 167
maisiemae 06:41 07:47 116 107
Riche Riche 06:43 09:29 141 130
endafk 06:43 08:33 127 117
Edprof 06:43 07:32 112 103
Corymbia Corymbia 06:46 07:55 116 107
DianeRS 06:48 07:11 105 97
plett11 Plett11 06:48 08:00 117 108
Viscomte 06:51 07:35 110 101
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 11:31 166 153
ulaca ulaca 06:57 08:08 117 108
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:18 90 83
ratterz 06:58 05:55 84 77
barracuda barracuda 06:59 08:30 121 112
benedick 07:03 08:00 113 104
martinede 07:15 07:29 103 95
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 10:44 147 136
gsriordan52 07:20 06:48 92 85
Sheen 07:21 12:23 168 155
luxtonj61 07:21 07:06 96 88
TomHerbert 07:37 08:01 105 97
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 12:18 156 144
mattindoha 07:57 10:02 126 116
goblin 08:21 08:09 97 89
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 14:00 84 77

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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