Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2509

Date 20 October 2023
Number 2509
Setter Juno
Day of week Friday
NITCH 108
Count of ref solvers 70
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2509

* Requires access to the Times Crossword Club

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 02:33 103 95
Paul Gilbert 02:28 03:39 147 136
verlaine 02:35 03:14 125 115
mistigris 02:38 02:35 98 90
hilarym 02:41 02:46 103 95
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:37 93 86
Flimmy flammy 03:05 03:02 98 90
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:28 122 112
markdobell 03:46 03:12 84 77
Heyesey 03:48 03:23 89 82
chriss 03:59 04:26 111 102
Strober 04:10 03:23 81 75
lickert 04:11 03:49 91 84
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:29 105 97
PaulCooke 04:14 04:43 111 102
tilbee 04:21 03:51 88 81
MikeOsborne 04:22 04:19 98 90
nina s 04:26 08:56 201 186
Roscoe 04:26 04:21 98 90
lucyg43484 04:27 05:52 131 121
tiggis 04:27 03:52 86 79
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 03:59 88 81
Jim Willis 04:42 04:51 103 95
Umpire 04:43 05:07 108 100
andrewlake 04:47 05:19 111 102
March 04:48 04:32 94 87
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:00 83 76
Ease This Jam 04:49 07:16 150 138
andy 04:50 08:04 166 153
Honggui 04:50 04:54 101 93
Liari 04:54 05:24 110 101
MK76 04:57 03:53 78 72
Zander 05:01 09:42 193 178
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 05:26 107 99
Squallaby 05:08 06:16 122 112
neilr neilr 05:09 04:21 84 77
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:37 106 98
Penfold_61 05:17 04:45 89 82
daulbs 05:19 08:24 157 145
ChuckB 05:21 06:21 118 109
esmeralda 05:23 06:13 115 106
fshephe 05:25 04:35 84 77
mw7000 05:25 05:48 107 99
george.plumbly 05:29 06:06 111 102
Dekkers 05:30 05:10 93 86
KET 05:31 06:21 115 106
Rabbitoh 05:31 06:27 116 107
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 06:36 116 107
Finzi 05:41 05:32 97 89
Looch 05:47 06:56 119 110
McBeak McBeak 05:51 07:10 122 112
Dzhigit 05:51 07:07 121 112
cath23 05:51 06:07 104 96
Shabbo 05:52 07:08 121 112
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:57 06:26 108 100
PGooden 05:59 08:20 139 128
GeorgeTz 05:59 06:31 108 100
Mark Three 06:00 02:30 41 37
MrChumley MrChumley 06:00 06:04 101 93
Crossiant 06:01 05:54 98 90
GMcD 06:02 06:13 103 95
SlumdogEngineer 06:02 10:25 172 159
hopkinb hopkinb 06:03 07:10 118 109
Tudds 06:05 07:13 118 109
DunPangolin 06:06 07:13 118 109
ilan 06:11 06:11 100 92
Curarist 06:15 06:16 100 92
robinh 06:21 05:34 87 80
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 08:10 127 117
James P 06:27 06:07 94 87
julian_w 06:30 08:59 138 127
uvofiz 06:32 06:45 103 95
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 08:34 130 120
Nangle 06:36 07:05 107 99
Michael Dove 06:38 05:58 89 82
Puzzleplease 06:50 06:50 100 92
Edprof 06:51 09:32 139 128
raincloud 06:53 12:28 181 167
DianeRS 06:53 11:09 161 149
ratterz 06:55 08:35 124 114
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 06:15 90 83
endafk 06:57 06:09 88 81
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 13:11 186 172
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:03 08:10 115 106
ChrisBrea 07:04 08:02 113 104
m5harp 07:15 11:14 154 142
ulaca ulaca 07:18 10:24 142 131
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 12:21 169 156
barracuda barracuda 07:21 08:58 121 112
plett11 Plett11 07:22 08:29 115 106
martinede 07:30 06:26 85 78
gsriordan52 07:38 07:50 102 94
Sheen 07:39 07:58 104 96
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 12:04 156 144
luxtonj61 07:51 08:14 104 96
crosswordian 07:53 09:46 123 113
mattindoha 07:55 07:46 98 90
TomHerbert 08:00 07:48 97 89
john.brassey 08:23 09:46 116 107
vefatica vefatica 08:26 09:03 107 99
BletchleyReject 08:27 13:00 153 141
goblin 08:29 10:33 124 114
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 11:05 124 114
nigelmzzz 09:12 13:32 147 136
edwards.robert1 10:06 13:00 128 118
flashman flashman 11:48 11:14 95 87
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 14:29 87 80

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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