Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2487

Date 20 September 2023
Number 2487
Setter Joker
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 72
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2487

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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 02:05 96 96
Paul Gilbert 02:25 03:13 133 134
Jason 02:27 01:55 78 78
verlaine 02:33 02:38 103 104
mistigris 02:39 02:55 110 111
hilarym 02:41 02:15 83 83
cmjhutton 02:42 01:49 67 67
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:08 76 76
Flimmy flammy 03:02 04:14 139 140
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 04:54 135 136
richard 03:37 02:50 78 78
markdobell 03:50 03:29 90 90
Heyesey 03:52 04:04 105 106
glheard 04:00 03:30 87 87
chriss 04:01 04:04 101 102
lickert 04:10 03:34 85 85
chindit 04:11 03:11 76 76
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 03:34 84 84
AlanS 04:17 03:57 92 92
MikeOsborne 04:18 04:32 105 106
tilbee 04:19 04:07 95 95
Roscoe 04:26 03:55 88 88
tiggis 04:27 03:34 80 80
lucyg43484 04:27 03:42 83 83
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 03:49 83 83
Jim Willis 04:37 04:32 98 98
andrewlake 04:38 04:00 86 86
andy 04:42 05:42 121 122
canismiser 04:42 05:07 108 109
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 04:59 105 106
March 04:44 04:07 86 86
wwalker50 04:44 05:06 107 108
alexh 04:46 04:08 86 86
denislaw 04:46 04:54 102 103
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:47 05:13 109 110
Dofray 04:48 21:38 450 454
Ed freshpot 04:49 05:00 103 104
Honggui 04:51 04:00 82 82
Umpire 04:52 05:03 103 104
michaelbell53 04:52 06:20 130 131
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 05:24 108 109
Zander 05:01 04:26 88 88
Squallaby 05:06 06:27 126 127
neilr neilr 05:07 05:02 98 98
Tibthorpe 05:08 05:13 101 102
annbrew 05:09 04:49 93 93
Liari 05:09 05:08 99 100
Penfold_61 05:17 05:32 104 105
esmeralda 05:18 06:01 113 114
fshephe 05:20 05:53 110 111
daulbs 05:20 04:53 91 91
Aly Duncan 05:20 06:55 129 130
Rabbitoh 05:25 06:24 118 119
george.plumbly 05:26 06:01 110 111
john.marshall 05:33 05:59 107 108
Eddddddd 05:34 06:24 114 115
Finzi 05:38 05:29 97 97
Shabbo 05:40 07:08 125 126
Looch 05:42 04:14 74 74
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 05:24 93 93
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 11:02 189 190
Carol 05:53 05:21 90 90
PGooden 05:54 05:41 96 96
Dzhigit 05:55 06:06 103 104
Crossiant 05:55 04:53 82 82
SlumdogEngineer 05:55 07:59 134 135
Mark Three 05:58 12:02 201 203
nigel 06:00 10:07 168 169
McBeak McBeak 06:02 05:37 93 93
DunPangolin 06:03 07:55 130 131
GMcD 06:05 05:56 97 97
Tudds 06:05 06:21 104 105
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 05:35 91 91
ilan 06:10 05:27 88 88
Curarist 06:12 06:22 102 103
James P 06:15 09:29 151 152
robinh 06:16 05:06 81 81
jimwetzler 06:17 07:52 125 126
Michael Dove 06:23 08:06 126 127
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 07:44 120 121
uvofiz 06:26 06:35 102 103
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 07:55 119 120
Puzzleplease 06:38 07:01 105 106
John Arnold 06:39 05:40 85 85
maisiemae 06:41 06:19 94 94
Riche Riche 06:43 08:15 122 123
endafk 06:43 06:09 91 91
Edprof 06:43 07:11 106 107
Kalakuta72 06:45 08:06 120 121
Corymbia Corymbia 06:46 08:14 121 122
DianeRS 06:48 08:44 128 129
plett11 Plett11 06:48 08:55 131 132
Hodge21 06:49 07:49 114 115
Viscomte 06:51 07:30 109 110
timbo 06:51 09:27 137 138
ulaca ulaca 06:57 08:09 117 118
ChrisBrea 06:57 09:17 133 134
barracuda barracuda 06:59 06:54 98 98
benedick 07:03 08:31 120 121
martinede 07:15 08:11 112 113
m5harp 07:15 08:21 115 116
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 08:28 116 117
gsriordan52 07:20 07:25 101 102
luxtonj61 07:21 09:57 135 136
TomHerbert 07:37 09:17 121 122
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 07:47 102 103
crosswordian 07:46 07:49 100 101
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 08:59 113 114
jaraab 07:54 09:04 114 115
mattindoha 07:57 07:37 95 95
TonyN6 07:59 09:59 125 126
goblin 08:21 08:14 98 98
BletchleyReject 08:27 02:00 23 23
flashman flashman 11:48 17:00 144 145
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 18:40 126 127
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 23:43 142 143

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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