Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2486

Date 19 September 2023
Number 2486
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 97
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2486

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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 02:26 100 103
Jason 02:27 01:45 71 73
verlaine 02:33 02:51 111 114
mistigris 02:39 02:08 80 82
hilarym 02:41 03:07 116 119
cmjhutton 02:42 02:40 98 101
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:48 100 103
Flimmy flammy 03:02 03:11 104 107
richard 03:37 03:16 90 92
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 02:50 78 80
markdobell 03:50 03:42 96 98
Heyesey 03:52 02:54 75 77
glheard 04:00 03:56 98 101
chriss 04:01 04:02 100 103
Strober 04:04 05:03 124 127
lickert 04:10 03:28 83 85
chindit 04:11 03:27 82 84
AlanS 04:17 04:01 93 95
MikeOsborne 04:18 04:13 98 101
tilbee 04:19 04:10 96 98
joelhames 04:21 03:11 73 75
Roscoe 04:26 05:03 113 116
lucyg43484 04:27 03:43 83 85
tiggis 04:27 04:36 103 106
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 03:50 83 85
andrewlake 04:38 05:03 108 111
d.middleton 04:39 05:29 117 120
andy 04:42 05:04 107 110
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 07:14 153 157
March 04:44 04:31 95 97
alexh 04:46 05:14 109 112
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:47 04:32 94 96
Ed freshpot 04:49 03:25 70 72
MK76 04:52 05:15 107 110
michaelbell53 04:52 06:27 132 136
Umpire 04:52 04:47 98 101
Johninterred 04:54 04:56 100 103
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 03:58 79 81
Zander 05:01 05:26 108 111
Squallaby 05:06 04:04 79 81
Tibthorpe 05:08 04:40 90 92
annbrew 05:09 04:49 93 95
Penfold_61 05:17 06:08 116 119
esmeralda 05:18 05:09 97 100
fshephe 05:20 05:30 103 106
Aly Duncan 05:20 04:59 93 95
Rabbitoh 05:25 06:08 113 116
george.plumbly 05:26 05:14 96 98
Spanna 05:27 05:23 98 101
Finzi 05:38 05:19 94 96
Shabbo 05:40 04:39 82 84
Looch 05:42 04:36 80 82
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 06:40 115 118
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 29:45 510 525
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:32 111 114
PGooden 05:54 05:36 94 96
Crossiant 05:55 07:20 123 126
Mark Three 05:58 07:58 133 137
McBeak McBeak 06:02 10:42 177 182
DunPangolin 06:03 05:18 87 89
Tudds 06:05 05:14 86 88
GMcD 06:05 04:48 78 80
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 06:42 109 112
ilan 06:10 06:48 110 113
Curarist 06:12 06:28 104 107
James P 06:15 05:38 90 92
robinh 06:16 05:55 94 96
JMbrow29 06:19 06:58 110 113
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 08:55 139 143
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:11 96 98
uvofiz 06:26 07:58 123 126
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 06:10 95 97
alastair52 06:30 06:15 96 98
jon 06:37 05:43 86 88
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 06:26 97 100
Puzzleplease 06:38 07:12 108 111
Nangle 06:41 07:42 115 118
Edprof 06:43 07:24 110 113
Riche Riche 06:43 09:06 135 139
Corymbia Corymbia 06:46 09:05 134 138
1234 06:48 08:17 121 124
DianeRS 06:48 08:04 118 121
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:36 97 100
Hodge21 06:49 08:01 117 120
raincloud 06:49 08:24 123 126
Viscomte 06:51 08:01 117 120
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 07:43 111 114
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:36 94 96
ulaca ulaca 06:57 09:02 129 132
barracuda barracuda 06:59 07:03 100 103
benedick 07:03 07:33 107 110
m5harp 07:15 08:21 115 118
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 05:21 73 75
gsriordan52 07:20 09:03 123 126
luxtonj61 07:21 10:25 141 145
Sheen 07:21 09:54 134 138
TomHerbert 07:37 08:33 112 115
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 09:11 120 123
jaraab 07:54 06:13 78 80
mattindoha 07:57 07:34 95 97
goblin 08:21 07:43 92 94
BletchleyReject 08:27 02:00 23 23
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 31:47 191 196

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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