Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2491

Date 26 September 2023
Number 2491
Setter Teazel
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 107
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2491

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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 02:48 115 107
Jason 02:27 02:31 102 95
verlaine 02:33 02:33 100 93
mistigris 02:39 02:11 82 76
hilarym 02:41 03:32 131 122
cmjhutton 02:42 02:30 92 85
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 03:07 111 103
Flimmy flammy 03:02 04:44 156 145
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 05:15 145 135
richard 03:37 03:30 96 89
markdobell 03:50 03:15 84 78
Heyesey 03:52 02:56 75 70
glheard 04:00 03:36 90 84
chriss 04:01 03:59 99 92
lickert 04:10 03:41 88 82
chindit 04:11 04:34 109 101
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 04:44 112 104
MikeOsborne 04:18 07:09 166 155
tilbee 04:19 03:38 84 78
nina s 04:22 04:37 105 98
Roscoe 04:26 04:18 96 89
lucyg43484 04:27 06:11 138 128
jfisher60 04:33 04:50 106 99
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 05:36 122 114
patrickcates 04:36 04:05 88 82
canismiser 04:42 03:59 84 78
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 06:19 133 124
March 04:44 04:32 95 88
alexh 04:46 05:55 124 115
Ed freshpot 04:49 05:00 103 96
Honggui 04:51 05:58 123 114
michaelbell53 04:52 07:41 157 146
Umpire 04:52 03:21 68 63
MK76 04:52 04:07 84 78
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 05:27 109 101
Zander 05:01 06:06 121 113
Squallaby 05:06 04:07 80 74
neilr neilr 05:07 04:59 97 90
Tibthorpe 05:08 05:44 111 103
annbrew 05:09 05:46 111 103
Penfold_61 05:17 05:56 112 104
esmeralda 05:18 08:32 161 150
daulbs 05:20 03:48 71 66
fshephe 05:20 05:28 102 95
Aly Duncan 05:20 05:21 100 93
ChuckB 05:22 04:41 87 81
mw7000 05:22 05:59 111 103
george.plumbly 05:26 05:39 103 96
KET 05:29 07:45 141 131
Eddddddd 05:34 05:52 105 98
Shabbo 05:40 04:26 78 72
Looch 05:42 05:20 93 86
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 05:59 104 97
cath23 05:49 05:04 87 81
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 07:47 133 124
Carol 05:53 06:32 111 103
SlumdogEngineer 05:55 09:23 158 147
Crossiant 05:55 04:42 79 73
Dzhigit 05:55 06:07 103 96
Mark Three 05:58 03:54 65 60
nigel 06:00 10:42 178 166
DunPangolin 06:03 06:23 105 98
Tudds 06:05 05:32 90 84
GMcD 06:05 07:37 125 116
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 07:03 114 106
ilan 06:10 06:06 98 91
Curarist 06:12 05:08 82 76
James P 06:15 08:05 129 120
jimwetzler 06:17 08:09 129 120
JMbrow29 06:19 05:18 83 77
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 09:09 143 133
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 09:23 146 136
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 08:16 128 119
uvofiz 06:26 09:13 143 133
alastair52 06:30 10:01 154 143
julian_w 06:32 07:29 114 106
jon 06:37 07:13 109 101
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 09:16 140 130
Puzzleplease 06:38 07:07 107 100
John Arnold 06:39 07:36 114 106
maisiemae 06:41 08:07 121 113
Nangle 06:41 06:27 96 89
Riche Riche 06:43 08:46 130 121
DianeRS 06:48 09:31 139 129
plett11 Plett11 06:48 10:43 157 146
raincloud 06:49 08:17 121 113
Viscomte 06:51 07:57 116 108
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 15:00 216 201
ulaca ulaca 06:57 09:45 140 130
ChrisBrea 06:57 09:41 139 129
barracuda barracuda 06:59 08:25 120 112
benedick 07:03 07:30 106 99
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 04:07 56 52
gsriordan52 07:20 12:05 164 153
luxtonj61 07:21 11:02 150 140
TomHerbert 07:37 09:15 121 113
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 11:05 145 135
frost 07:51 08:17 105 98
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 10:16 130 121
mattindoha 07:57 09:10 115 107

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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