Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2496

Date 03 October 2023
Number 2496
Setter Hurley
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 122
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2496

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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 02:24 111 90
Jason 02:28 02:39 107 87
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:37 106 86
verlaine 02:35 03:27 133 109
mistigris 02:38 03:16 124 101
hilarym 02:41 04:20 161 131
cmjhutton 02:44 03:35 131 107
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 03:23 120 98
Flimmy flammy 03:05 03:40 118 96
markdobell 03:46 04:10 110 90
Heyesey 03:48 04:04 107 87
chriss 03:59 06:08 153 125
lickert 04:11 04:40 111 90
PaulCooke 04:14 02:42 63 51
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:42 134 109
chindit 04:15 06:01 141 115
AlanS 04:20 04:27 102 83
tilbee 04:21 05:46 132 108
MikeOsborne 04:22 05:06 116 95
Roscoe 04:26 05:51 131 107
lucyg43484 04:27 04:49 108 88
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 06:46 150 122
canismiser 04:40 06:26 137 112
Jim Willis 04:42 05:33 118 96
d.middleton 04:42 05:54 125 102
Umpire 04:43 05:19 112 91
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:46 07:07 149 122
Ed freshpot 04:47 05:02 105 86
andrewlake 04:47 05:10 108 88
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 06:05 126 103
March 04:48 07:01 146 119
andy 04:50 07:31 155 127
Liari 04:54 05:16 107 87
Johninterred 04:54 05:24 110 90
Zander 05:01 06:30 129 105
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 05:58 117 95
Squallaby 05:08 04:56 96 78
neilr neilr 05:09 07:26 144 118
Tibthorpe 05:15 06:30 123 100
Penfold_61 05:17 05:15 99 81
daulbs 05:19 06:15 117 95
esmeralda 05:23 09:46 181 148
fshephe 05:25 06:25 118 96
george.plumbly 05:29 08:01 146 119
Dekkers 05:30 05:48 105 86
Rabbitoh 05:31 06:12 112 91
KET 05:31 06:15 113 92
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 05:46 101 82
Finzi 05:41 06:41 117 95
Looch 05:47 08:34 148 121
McBeak McBeak 05:51 07:51 134 109
Carol 05:54 06:15 105 86
Mark Three 06:00 10:57 182 149
Crossiant 06:01 05:29 91 74
GMcD 06:02 06:12 102 83
SlumdogEngineer 06:02 10:42 177 145
hopkinb hopkinb 06:03 11:09 184 150
Tudds 06:05 08:42 143 117
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:08 06:39 108 88
martinphillips 06:10 05:53 95 77
ilan 06:11 07:39 123 100
Curarist 06:15 07:59 127 104
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:16 06:37 105 86
earlylight 06:17 05:30 87 71
robinh 06:21 07:13 113 92
James P 06:27 07:09 110 90
uvofiz 06:32 07:27 114 93
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 09:44 148 121
nigel 06:38 09:03 136 111
Michael Dove 06:38 05:57 89 72
jon 06:42 09:43 145 118
1234 06:45 08:53 131 107
Kalakuta72 06:48 07:41 112 91
Puzzleplease 06:50 08:38 126 103
Edprof 06:51 08:40 126 103
DianeRS 06:53 12:21 179 146
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 09:11 132 108
maisiemae 06:57 11:23 163 133
John Arnold 06:59 11:47 168 137
Riche Riche 07:00 09:40 138 113
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 10:56 155 127
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:03 10:13 144 118
ChrisBrea 07:04 09:40 136 111
Yatton50 07:08 13:39 191 156
benedick 07:11 07:26 103 84
ulaca ulaca 07:18 10:54 149 122
gsriordan52 07:38 11:41 153 125
Sheen 07:39 13:07 171 140
frost 07:39 09:59 130 106
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 10:56 141 115
luxtonj61 07:51 09:22 119 97
crosswordian 07:53 11:57 151 123
mattindoha 07:55 09:43 122 100
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 13:17 166 136
TomHerbert 08:00 06:04 75 61
vefatica vefatica 08:26 11:00 130 106
goblin 08:29 11:19 133 109
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 13:06 151 123
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 11:34 130 106

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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