Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2492

Date 27 September 2023
Number 2492
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 89
Count of ref solvers 70
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2492

* Requires access to the Times Crossword Club

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 84
Jason 02:27 02:36 106 119
verlaine 02:33 02:05 81 91
mistigris 02:39 02:33 96 107
hilarym 02:41 02:03 76 85
cmjhutton 02:42 04:02 149 167
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:13 79 88
Flimmy flammy 03:02 03:14 106 119
richard 03:37 02:37 72 80
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 03:08 86 96
markdobell 03:50 02:40 69 77
Heyesey 03:52 04:01 103 115
glheard 04:00 04:01 100 112
chriss 04:01 03:35 89 100
Strober 04:04 04:16 104 116
lickert 04:10 04:42 112 125
chindit 04:11 03:25 81 91
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 04:25 104 116
MikeOsborne 04:18 04:52 113 126
joelhames 04:21 03:32 81 91
nina s 04:22 04:27 101 113
Roscoe 04:26 05:02 113 126
lucyg43484 04:27 04:13 94 105
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 03:23 73 82
patrickcates 04:36 03:58 86 96
Jim Willis 04:37 04:34 98 110
John Walsh 04:37 04:25 95 106
andrewlake 04:38 04:45 102 114
andy 04:42 04:27 94 105
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 04:48 101 113
March 04:44 04:15 89 100
alexh 04:46 04:03 84 94
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:47 04:19 90 101
Dofray 04:48 02:43 56 62
Ed freshpot 04:49 03:55 81 91
Honggui 04:51 04:04 83 93
MK76 04:52 04:10 85 95
Umpire 04:52 03:27 70 78
Johninterred 04:54 02:34 52 58
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 03:30 70 78
Zander 05:01 04:32 90 101
Squallaby 05:06 06:04 118 132
neilr neilr 05:07 04:28 87 97
Tibthorpe 05:08 03:48 74 83
Liari 05:09 04:32 88 98
Penfold_61 05:17 04:47 90 101
fshephe 05:20 04:42 88 98
daulbs 05:20 02:56 55 61
Aly Duncan 05:20 05:03 94 105
mw7000 05:22 03:44 69 77
ChuckB 05:22 04:23 81 91
george.plumbly 05:26 05:30 101 113
KET 05:29 06:39 121 135
Finzi 05:38 04:34 81 91
Shabbo 05:40 04:21 76 85
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 05:18 93 104
Looch 05:42 06:03 106 119
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:45 05:47 100 112
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 07:52 134 150
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 05:57 101 113
Carol 05:53 05:29 93 104
PGooden 05:54 04:53 82 92
Crossiant 05:55 05:34 94 105
Dzhigit 05:55 04:48 81 91
SlumdogEngineer 05:55 05:24 91 102
cmcnsmith 05:56 06:08 103 115
GeorgeTz 05:56 05:22 90 101
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 05:58 07:22 123 138
Mark Three 05:58 07:21 123 138
nigel 06:00 04:45 79 88
McBeak McBeak 06:02 04:16 70 78
DunPangolin 06:03 08:12 135 151
GMcD 06:05 06:22 104 116
Rosron 06:05 05:47 95 106
Tudds 06:05 05:59 98 110
earlylight 06:08 06:26 104 116
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 05:35 91 102
ilan 06:10 05:09 83 93
Curarist 06:12 06:16 101 113
James P 06:15 05:16 84 94
robinh 06:16 06:31 103 115
jimwetzler 06:17 06:52 109 122
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 04:39 72 80
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 05:50 90 101
uvofiz 06:26 04:57 76 85
Gussie 06:31 06:25 98 110
julian_w 06:32 04:52 74 83
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 09:16 140 157
Puzzleplease 06:38 07:03 106 119
maisiemae 06:41 05:45 86 96
Nangle 06:41 05:13 78 87
Edprof 06:43 07:45 115 129
endafk 06:43 06:54 102 114
Riche Riche 06:43 06:57 103 115
Corymbia Corymbia 06:46 05:48 85 95
1234 06:48 06:17 92 103
DianeRS 06:48 06:07 89 100
plett11 Plett11 06:48 09:22 137 153
Viscomte 06:51 07:21 107 120
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 05:08 74 83
ulaca ulaca 06:57 06:40 95 106
ChrisBrea 06:57 07:13 103 115
barracuda barracuda 06:59 07:25 106 119
martinede 07:15 08:58 123 138
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 09:35 131 147
TomHerbert 07:37 06:47 89 100
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 07:39 100 112
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 10:37 134 150
mattindoha 07:57 09:24 118 132
TonyN6 07:59 06:23 79 88
goblin 08:21 09:16 110 123
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 08:31 57 64

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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