Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2489

Date 22 September 2023
Number 2489
Setter Mara
Day of week Friday
NITCH 92
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 1
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2489

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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 01:51 86 93
Jason 02:27 03:00 122 132
verlaine 02:33 02:25 94 102
mistigris 02:39 02:09 81 88
hilarym 02:41 01:59 73 79
cmjhutton 02:42 01:45 64 69
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:23 85 92
Flimmy flammy 03:02 02:35 85 92
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 02:13 61 66
richard 03:37 03:25 94 102
markdobell 03:50 02:51 74 80
Heyesey 03:52 02:45 71 77
glheard 04:00 02:53 72 78
chriss 04:01 02:51 70 76
Strober 04:04 04:04 100 108
lickert 04:10 04:40 112 121
chindit 04:11 04:10 99 107
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 04:09 98 106
AlanS 04:17 03:55 91 98
MikeOsborne 04:18 04:16 99 107
tilbee 04:19 04:14 98 106
joelhames 04:21 02:52 65 70
Roscoe 04:26 03:14 72 78
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 03:53 84 91
Jim Willis 04:37 06:18 136 147
andrewlake 04:38 03:30 75 81
andy 04:42 04:31 96 104
canismiser 04:42 04:21 92 100
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 05:48 122 132
March 04:44 04:12 88 95
denislaw 04:46 04:26 93 101
alexh 04:46 04:24 92 100
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:47 04:28 93 101
Ed freshpot 04:49 03:50 79 85
Umpire 04:52 03:49 78 84
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 05:40 113 122
Zander 05:01 04:33 90 97
Squallaby 05:06 04:23 85 92
Tibthorpe 05:08 04:35 89 96
Liari 05:09 04:30 87 94
andy_knott 05:12 04:49 92 100
footballblue 05:15 05:03 96 104
Penfold_61 05:17 05:11 98 106
esmeralda 05:18 06:06 115 125
fshephe 05:20 06:15 117 127
daulbs 05:20 04:02 75 81
ChuckB 05:22 04:55 91 98
mw7000 05:22 04:34 85 92
Rabbitoh 05:25 04:39 85 92
george.plumbly 05:26 04:28 82 89
KET 05:29 04:34 83 90
Finzi 05:38 05:08 91 98
Looch 05:42 04:57 86 93
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 06:55 120 130
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 11:58 205 222
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:02 102 110
Carol 05:53 05:17 89 96
Dzhigit 05:55 06:08 103 111
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 05:58 04:53 81 88
Mark Three 05:58 04:16 71 77
nigel 06:00 07:30 125 135
McBeak McBeak 06:02 05:56 98 106
DunPangolin 06:03 05:46 95 103
Rosron 06:05 06:12 101 109
Tudds 06:05 06:11 101 109
GMcD 06:05 08:00 131 142
earlylight 06:08 06:45 110 119
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 07:24 120 130
martinphillips 06:09 06:32 106 115
Curarist 06:12 07:05 114 123
James P 06:15 06:06 97 105
robinh 06:16 06:00 95 103
jimwetzler 06:17 06:29 103 111
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 06:22 99 107
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 12:20 192 208
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:20 98 106
uvofiz 06:26 06:05 94 102
alastair52 06:30 06:39 102 110
Gussie 06:31 06:46 103 111
jon 06:37 06:55 104 113
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 06:18 95 103
Puzzleplease 06:38 06:33 98 106
Nangle 06:41 09:27 141 153
maisiemae 06:41 08:10 122 132
endafk 06:43 12:56 192 208
Riche Riche 06:43 06:54 102 110
1234 06:48 06:32 96 104
plett11 Plett11 06:48 09:25 138 150
Hodge21 06:49 07:18 107 116
Viscomte 06:51 07:49 114 123
ulaca ulaca 06:57 07:27 107 116
ChrisBrea 06:57 07:41 110 119
ratterz 06:58 04:24 63 68
barracuda barracuda 06:59 08:15 118 128
martinede 07:15 08:21 115 125
m5harp 07:15 07:04 97 105
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 07:11 98 106
gsriordan52 07:20 08:53 121 131
luxtonj61 07:21 08:17 112 121
Sheen 07:21 09:13 125 135
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 09:11 120 130
crosswordian 07:46 07:32 96 104
frost 07:51 06:51 87 94
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 10:19 130 141
jaraab 07:54 10:07 128 139
mattindoha 07:57 06:40 83 90
goblin 08:21 08:21 100 108
BletchleyReject 08:27 02:00 23 25
flashman flashman 11:48 09:19 78 84
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 12:29 84 91

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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