Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2459

Date 11 August 2023
Number 2459
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Friday
NITCH 92
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2459

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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 02:28 01:48 72 78
Jason 02:32 02:11 86 93
verlaine 02:36 02:43 104 113
mistigris 02:40 02:23 89 96
hilarym 02:43 02:01 74 80
cmjhutton 02:44 02:43 99 107
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 01:59 70 76
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:36 117 127
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:15 89 96
richard 03:39 02:25 66 71
markdobell 03:50 03:53 101 109
Heyesey 03:52 03:59 103 111
Kinghedger 03:52 03:30 90 97
chriss 04:01 03:03 75 81
glheard 04:02 03:24 84 91
lickert 04:11 03:18 78 84
AlanS 04:19 03:46 87 94
nina s 04:19 05:33 128 139
tilbee 04:21 03:15 74 80
Roscoe 04:26 04:20 97 105
lucyg43484 04:30 04:10 92 100
jfisher60 04:33 03:39 80 86
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:12 91 98
Jim Willis 04:38 04:17 92 100
d.middleton 04:39 05:01 107 116
andrewlake 04:44 04:04 85 92
canismiser 04:45 04:20 91 98
wwalker50 04:45 06:11 130 141
March 04:46 04:02 84 91
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 03:47 79 85
andy 04:46 05:02 105 114
grape 04:47 03:27 72 78
alexh 04:47 03:25 71 77
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:10 107 116
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:01 83 90
MK76 04:53 05:56 121 131
michaelbell53 04:58 04:42 94 102
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:54 96 104
Squallaby 05:09 03:47 73 79
Paul Bacon 05:09 04:54 95 103
neilr neilr 05:10 05:50 112 121
annbrew 05:11 05:18 102 110
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:52 93 101
andy_knott 05:13 06:03 115 125
esmeralda 05:23 04:21 80 86
fshephe 05:25 04:18 79 85
daulbs 05:26 06:30 119 129
Spanna 05:27 04:24 80 86
george.plumbly 05:28 04:57 90 97
Dekkers 05:31 06:37 119 129
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:18 95 103
AndyR 05:36 05:06 91 98
Finzi 05:39 06:24 113 122
Looch 05:48 05:26 93 101
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:26 92 100
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:31 111 120
cath23 05:52 06:30 110 119
Carol 05:56 05:58 100 108
Mark Three 05:58 06:23 106 115
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:25 90 97
nigel 06:00 06:33 109 118
Crossiant 06:01 04:34 75 81
PGooden 06:03 04:41 77 83
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 05:26 88 95
GMcD 06:08 06:00 97 105
Curarist 06:12 05:32 89 96
ilan 06:17 05:36 89 96
James P 06:18 05:10 82 89
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:00 93 101
uvofiz 06:30 05:30 84 91
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 04:28 68 73
julian_w 06:34 05:49 88 95
KenD51 06:42 05:22 80 86
DrBill 06:42 05:37 83 90
maisiemae 06:45 05:35 82 89
Kalakuta72 06:45 05:19 78 84
Puzzleplease 06:46 04:40 68 73
endafk 06:48 06:35 96 104
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:38 97 105
Edprof 06:49 06:31 95 103
timbo 06:51 05:37 81 88
ChrisBrea 06:57 05:29 78 84
ratterz 07:00 06:02 86 93
kath 07:10 06:18 87 94
gsriordan52 07:20 06:01 82 89
Sheen 07:21 06:06 82 89
mattindoha 07:57 05:49 73 79
TonyN6 07:59 06:02 75 81

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.