Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2494

Date 29 September 2023
Number 2494
Setter Felix
Day of week Friday
NITCH 117
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2494

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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 02:32 104 88
Jason 02:27 02:06 85 72
verlaine 02:33 03:50 150 128
mistigris 02:39 03:43 140 119
cmjhutton 02:42 02:47 103 88
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:56 105 89
Flimmy flammy 03:02 03:09 103 88
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:37 03:40 101 86
richard 03:37 03:35 99 84
Heyesey 03:52 03:06 80 68
glheard 04:00 04:07 102 87
Strober 04:04 04:40 114 97
lickert 04:10 05:19 127 108
chindit 04:11 06:34 156 133
MikeOsborne 04:18 05:17 122 104
tilbee 04:19 04:02 93 79
joelhames 04:21 03:30 80 68
nina s 04:22 07:45 177 151
Roscoe 04:26 06:06 137 117
lucyg43484 04:27 05:31 123 105
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:35 04:27 97 82
patrickcates 04:36 04:14 92 78
andrewlake 04:38 06:16 135 115
d.middleton 04:39 05:24 116 99
canismiser 04:42 05:11 110 94
andy 04:42 06:04 129 110
LouWeed LouWeed 04:43 05:54 125 106
March 04:44 08:12 173 147
alexh 04:46 04:23 91 77
Dofray 04:48 14:31 302 258
Ed freshpot 04:49 06:06 126 107
Honggui 04:51 06:12 127 108
MK76 04:52 03:58 81 69
Umpire 04:52 04:27 91 77
Johninterred 04:54 04:28 91 77
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 04:59 05:41 114 97
Zander 05:01 06:54 137 117
Squallaby 05:06 06:03 118 100
neilr neilr 05:07 04:47 93 79
Tibthorpe 05:08 06:05 118 100
Liari 05:09 04:25 85 72
Penfold_61 05:17 05:34 105 89
fshephe 05:20 07:31 140 119
daulbs 05:20 04:11 78 66
mw7000 05:22 06:36 122 104
george.plumbly 05:26 05:20 98 83
Eddddddd 05:34 05:18 95 81
Finzi 05:38 06:01 106 90
Shabbo 05:40 07:59 140 119
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 05:49 102 87
Looch 05:42 07:37 133 113
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 08:26 144 123
SlumdogEngineer 05:55 07:43 130 111
Crossiant 05:55 05:35 94 80
cmcnsmith 05:56 06:40 112 95
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 05:58 05:52 98 83
nigel 06:00 18:25 306 261
DunPangolin 06:03 08:43 144 123
Tudds 06:05 07:33 124 105
earlylight 06:08 10:45 175 149
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 08:29 138 117
martinphillips 06:09 07:10 116 99
ilan 06:10 08:11 132 112
James P 06:15 09:36 153 130
robinh 06:16 06:50 109 93
jimwetzler 06:17 06:52 109 93
Michael Dove 06:23 07:24 115 98
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:23 06:56 108 92
uvofiz 06:26 07:54 122 104
jon 06:37 07:26 112 95
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 09:10 138 117
Puzzleplease 06:38 08:39 130 111
John Arnold 06:39 07:54 118 100
Nangle 06:41 05:37 84 71
maisiemae 06:41 08:13 122 104
Riche Riche 06:43 07:16 108 92
endafk 06:43 08:57 133 113
DianeRS 06:48 11:50 174 148
1234 06:48 09:11 135 115
raincloud 06:49 11:14 164 140
Viscomte 06:51 07:42 112 95
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 12:01 173 147
ChrisBrea 06:57 10:39 153 130
ulaca ulaca 06:57 11:43 168 143
barracuda barracuda 06:59 11:06 158 135
benedick 07:03 08:22 118 100
m5harp 07:15 06:46 93 79
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 07:11 98 83
gsriordan52 07:20 10:45 146 124
Sheen 07:21 08:42 118 100
TomHerbert 07:37 09:51 129 110
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 11:06 145 123
crosswordian 07:46 08:54 114 97
frost 07:51 07:15 92 78
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 11:49 149 127
mattindoha 07:57 11:25 143 122
goblin 08:21 12:34 150 128
flashman flashman 11:48 13:44 116 99
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 18:47 127 108

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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