Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2490

Date 25 September 2023
Number 2490
Setter Hurley
Day of week Monday
NITCH 86
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2490

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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 01:50 75 87
Jason 02:27 01:49 74 86
verlaine 02:33 02:37 102 118
hilarym 02:41 02:33 95 110
cmjhutton 02:42 02:21 87 101
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:22 85 98
Flimmy flammy 03:02 02:36 85 98
richard 03:37 03:02 83 96
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 02:58 82 95
markdobell 03:50 03:40 95 110
Heyesey 03:52 02:25 62 72
glheard 04:00 04:19 107 124
chriss 04:01 03:58 98 113
lickert 04:10 05:04 121 140
chindit 04:11 03:49 91 105
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 03:41 87 101
AlanS 04:17 04:13 98 113
MikeOsborne 04:18 02:25 56 65
tilbee 04:19 04:58 115 133
Roscoe 04:26 03:26 77 89
lucyg43484 04:27 03:16 73 84
jfisher60 04:33 04:51 106 123
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 04:14 92 106
patrickcates 04:36 04:01 87 101
andrewlake 04:38 04:17 92 106
d.middleton 04:39 04:39 100 116
canismiser 04:42 04:01 85 98
March 04:44 04:24 92 106
alexh 04:46 04:10 87 101
denislaw 04:46 03:43 77 89
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:47 03:34 74 86
Dofray 04:48 11:11 232 269
Ed freshpot 04:49 03:34 74 86
Honggui 04:51 04:25 91 105
MK76 04:52 04:58 102 118
michaelbell53 04:52 05:40 116 134
Johninterred 04:54 04:24 89 103
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 04:50 96 111
Squallaby 05:06 03:40 71 82
neilr neilr 05:07 04:32 88 102
Tibthorpe 05:08 05:08 100 116
Liari 05:09 04:55 95 110
Penfold_61 05:17 04:25 83 96
esmeralda 05:18 03:12 60 69
Aly Duncan 05:20 04:53 91 105
fshephe 05:20 04:36 86 100
daulbs 05:20 06:42 125 145
ChuckB 05:22 04:28 83 96
mw7000 05:22 06:17 117 136
Rabbitoh 05:25 05:43 105 122
george.plumbly 05:26 05:03 92 106
KET 05:29 04:31 82 95
Finzi 05:38 06:00 106 123
Looch 05:42 04:15 74 86
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 05:12 90 104
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 10:39 182 211
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:19 107 124
Crossiant 05:55 04:53 82 95
Dzhigit 05:55 04:52 82 95
GeorgeTz 05:56 06:48 114 132
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 05:58 04:10 69 80
Mark Three 05:58 05:32 92 106
nigel 06:00 05:47 96 111
McBeak McBeak 06:02 06:19 104 120
DunPangolin 06:03 05:19 87 101
GMcD 06:05 04:56 81 94
Tudds 06:05 05:18 87 101
Rosron 06:05 06:13 102 118
earlylight 06:08 07:39 124 144
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 03:39 59 68
ilan 06:10 04:58 80 93
Curarist 06:12 05:03 81 94
James P 06:15 07:00 112 130
robinh 06:16 05:46 92 106
jimwetzler 06:17 04:27 70 81
JMbrow29 06:19 06:04 96 111
Michael Dove 06:23 05:45 90 104
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 07:26 116 134
uvofiz 06:26 05:06 79 91
alastair52 06:30 04:39 71 82
Gussie 06:31 05:50 89 103
Puzzleplease 06:38 05:58 89 103
John Arnold 06:39 05:52 88 102
Nangle 06:41 07:09 106 123
maisiemae 06:41 08:46 131 152
DrBill 06:42 05:54 88 102
endafk 06:43 05:12 77 89
Riche Riche 06:43 06:23 95 110
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:43 98 113
1234 06:48 06:24 94 109
DianeRS 06:48 05:43 84 97
Hodge21 06:49 06:37 97 112
Viscomte 06:51 07:26 108 125
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 09:13 132 153
ulaca ulaca 06:57 05:08 73 84
ChrisBrea 06:57 04:53 70 81
barracuda barracuda 06:59 06:38 94 109
benedick 07:03 06:06 86 100
m5harp 07:15 06:42 92 106
gsriordan52 07:20 07:15 98 113
Sheen 07:21 06:23 86 100
TomHerbert 07:37 05:53 77 89
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 06:46 88 102
frost 07:51 05:48 73 84
mattindoha 07:57 06:29 81 94
goblin 08:21 08:03 96 111
flashman flashman 11:48 09:00 76 88
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 10:06 60 69

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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