Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2499

Date 06 October 2023
Number 2499
Setter Pedro
Day of week Friday
NITCH 119
Count of ref solvers 73
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2499

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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
Jason 02:28 03:23 137 115
Paul Gilbert 02:28 04:08 167 140
hilarym 02:41 03:04 114 95
cmjhutton 02:44 03:41 134 112
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:37 93 78
Flimmy flammy 03:05 03:35 116 97
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:47 104 87
markdobell 03:46 04:48 127 106
Heyesey 03:48 04:40 122 102
chriss 03:59 04:36 115 96
joelhames 04:03 03:49 94 78
lickert 04:11 04:55 117 98
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:32 107 89
chindit 04:15 04:37 108 90
AlanS 04:20 04:54 113 94
tilbee 04:21 06:10 141 118
MikeOsborne 04:22 05:16 120 100
nina s 04:26 05:40 127 106
Roscoe 04:26 04:19 97 81
lucyg43484 04:27 05:45 129 108
trux 04:28 07:08 159 133
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 06:39 147 123
canismiser 04:40 05:15 112 94
alexh 04:41 05:48 123 103
Jim Willis 04:42 05:08 109 91
Umpire 04:43 04:49 102 85
Ed freshpot 04:47 05:02 105 88
andrewlake 04:47 05:33 116 97
March 04:48 07:00 145 121
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:42 97 81
andy 04:50 05:42 117 98
Honggui 04:50 06:54 142 119
Liari 04:54 05:27 111 93
MK76 04:57 04:22 88 73
Zander 05:01 05:50 116 97
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 06:38 130 109
Squallaby 05:08 04:41 91 76
neilr neilr 05:09 07:34 146 122
Aly Duncan 05:17 05:02 95 79
Penfold_61 05:17 05:14 99 83
daulbs 05:19 09:14 173 145
esmeralda 05:23 06:59 129 108
fshephe 05:25 07:32 139 116
george.plumbly 05:29 06:43 122 102
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:23 97 81
KET 05:31 08:31 154 129
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 08:26 148 124
Finzi 05:41 06:19 111 93
Looch 05:47 07:06 122 102
Dzhigit 05:51 06:12 105 88
Shabbo 05:52 11:20 193 162
Carol 05:54 05:59 101 84
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:57 07:24 124 104
Crossiant 06:01 05:44 95 79
GMcD 06:02 06:50 113 94
SlumdogEngineer 06:02 08:07 134 112
hopkinb hopkinb 06:03 07:26 122 102
Tudds 06:05 07:31 123 103
Dofray 06:07 21:32 352 295
ilan 06:11 05:03 81 68
Curarist 06:15 07:13 115 96
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:16 08:23 133 111
jimwetzler 06:20 07:51 123 103
robinh 06:21 07:40 120 100
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 07:41 119 100
James P 06:27 08:44 135 113
julian_w 06:30 07:32 115 96
uvofiz 06:32 08:11 125 105
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 08:29 129 108
Nangle 06:36 09:36 145 121
nigel 06:38 10:31 158 132
jon 06:42 08:29 126 105
1234 06:45 10:21 153 128
Puzzleplease 06:50 12:19 180 151
Edprof 06:51 11:01 160 134
raincloud 06:53 06:30 94 78
ratterz 06:55 06:38 95 79
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 10:46 155 130
endafk 06:57 09:24 135 113
maisiemae 06:57 08:12 117 98
Viscomte 06:59 06:45 96 80
Riche Riche 07:00 09:16 132 110
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 08:31 120 100
ChrisBrea 07:04 10:15 145 121
Yatton50 07:08 11:51 166 139
m5harp 07:15 10:56 150 126
ulaca ulaca 07:18 11:32 157 131
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 11:26 156 131
barracuda barracuda 07:21 07:19 99 83
plett11 Plett11 07:22 07:24 100 84
gsriordan52 07:38 11:26 149 125
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 11:22 146 122
luxtonj61 07:51 10:46 137 115
mattindoha 07:55 09:30 120 100
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 13:10 165 138
TomHerbert 08:00 07:44 96 80
vefatica vefatica 08:26 11:16 133 111
goblin 08:29 09:06 107 89
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 10:51 125 105
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 12:13 137 115
nigelmzzz 09:12 09:35 104 87
flashman flashman 11:48 11:13 95 79
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 18:27 125 105
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 27:57 168 141

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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