Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2495

Date 02 October 2023
Number 2495
Setter Alex
Day of week Monday
NITCH 103
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2495

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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 01:43 79 76
Jason 02:28 02:14 90 87
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:11 88 85
verlaine 02:35 02:17 88 85
mistigris 02:38 02:34 97 94
hilarym 02:41 02:28 91 88
cmjhutton 02:44 02:49 103 100
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 03:15 116 112
Flimmy flammy 03:05 03:05 100 97
richard 03:36 03:48 105 101
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:33 97 94
markdobell 03:46 03:10 84 81
Heyesey 03:48 03:19 87 84
Kinghedger 03:51 05:36 145 140
glheard 03:57 05:02 127 123
chriss 03:59 04:59 125 121
joelhames 04:03 03:24 83 80
Strober 04:10 04:13 101 98
lickert 04:11 05:01 119 115
chindit 04:15 05:21 125 121
tilbee 04:21 04:41 107 103
MikeOsborne 04:22 06:30 148 143
nina s 04:26 04:41 105 101
Roscoe 04:26 04:40 105 101
lucyg43484 04:27 04:20 97 94
tiggis 04:27 04:33 102 99
alexh 04:41 05:56 126 122
Umpire 04:43 04:16 90 87
andrewlake 04:47 04:52 101 98
Ed freshpot 04:47 04:56 103 100
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:22 90 87
March 04:48 05:31 114 110
andy 04:50 06:10 127 123
Liari 04:54 04:18 87 84
Johninterred 04:54 04:44 96 93
Zander 05:01 05:34 110 106
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 05:42 112 108
Squallaby 05:08 04:35 89 86
neilr neilr 05:09 06:24 124 120
Tibthorpe 05:15 06:06 116 112
Penfold_61 05:17 05:46 109 105
Aly Duncan 05:17 06:30 123 119
daulbs 05:19 04:19 81 78
ChuckB 05:21 04:22 81 78
esmeralda 05:23 09:21 173 167
fshephe 05:25 04:43 87 84
george.plumbly 05:29 05:51 106 102
Dekkers 05:30 04:21 79 76
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:10 93 90
KET 05:31 04:30 81 78
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 07:50 138 133
Finzi 05:41 05:28 96 93
Looch 05:47 08:05 139 134
Dzhigit 05:51 08:03 137 133
McBeak McBeak 05:51 05:45 98 95
Shabbo 05:52 07:48 132 128
Carol 05:54 05:08 87 84
cmcnsmith 05:56 06:25 108 104
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:57 04:50 81 78
PGooden 05:59 05:41 94 91
MrChumley MrChumley 06:00 06:18 105 101
Rosron 06:00 06:13 103 100
Mark Three 06:00 11:13 186 180
Crossiant 06:01 05:49 96 93
GMcD 06:02 09:24 155 150
hopkinb hopkinb 06:03 09:13 152 147
Tudds 06:05 06:57 114 110
DunPangolin 06:06 07:41 125 121
Dofray 06:07 21:22 349 338
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:08 07:17 118 114
martinphillips 06:10 07:19 118 114
ilan 06:11 05:53 95 92
Curarist 06:15 06:54 110 106
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:16 05:25 86 83
earlylight 06:17 09:59 158 153
jimwetzler 06:20 05:45 90 87
robinh 06:21 07:11 113 109
JMbrow29 06:23 08:41 136 132
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 09:24 146 141
James P 06:27 10:19 159 154
uvofiz 06:32 08:44 133 129
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 08:48 134 130
jon 06:42 06:25 95 92
Kalakuta72 06:48 06:17 92 89
alastair52 06:50 08:06 118 114
Puzzleplease 06:50 10:48 158 153
DianeRS 06:53 07:09 103 100
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 09:00 129 125
endafk 06:57 06:55 99 96
Viscomte 06:59 05:35 79 76
John Arnold 06:59 07:12 103 100
Riche Riche 07:00 10:36 151 146
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:03 08:48 124 120
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 10:53 154 149
Yatton50 07:08 08:24 117 113
benedick 07:11 07:27 103 100
m5harp 07:15 06:48 93 90
ulaca ulaca 07:18 05:46 78 75
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 11:04 151 146
barracuda barracuda 07:21 07:25 100 97
plett11 Plett11 07:22 13:04 177 171
martinede 07:30 06:37 88 85
gsriordan52 07:38 06:56 90 87
Sheen 07:39 16:21 213 206
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 20:08 260 252
jaraab 07:50 08:25 107 103
crosswordian 07:53 08:30 107 103
mattindoha 07:55 09:13 116 112
kath 07:56 06:53 86 83
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 08:21 104 100
TomHerbert 08:00 10:53 136 132
goblin 08:29 08:13 96 93
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 12:20 142 137
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 12:14 137 133
nigelmzzz 09:12 08:58 97 94
flashman flashman 11:48 18:39 158 153
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 16:32 112 108
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 21:45 130 126

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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