Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2462

Date 16 August 2023
Number 2462
Setter Breadman
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 106
Count of ref solvers 74
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2462

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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 02:32 03:06 122 115
mauefw 02:34 03:04 119 112
verlaine 02:36 03:07 119 112
mistigris 02:40 02:42 101 95
hilarym 02:43 03:21 123 116
cmjhutton 02:44 03:25 125 117
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:35 91 85
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:38 118 111
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:44 102 96
richard 03:39 03:50 105 99
markdobell 03:50 04:01 104 98
Kinghedger 03:52 03:57 102 96
glheard 04:02 03:38 90 84
Strober 04:04 05:59 147 138
lickert 04:11 04:21 103 97
chindit 04:13 04:40 110 103
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:31 106 100
nina s 04:19 03:53 89 83
AlanS 04:19 05:03 116 109
joelhames 04:21 04:17 98 92
tilbee 04:21 03:32 81 76
Roscoe 04:26 04:48 108 101
lucyg43484 04:30 05:50 129 121
patrickcates 04:33 03:58 87 82
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:32 98 92
Jim Willis 04:38 04:51 104 98
andrewlake 04:44 05:50 123 116
canismiser 04:45 05:06 107 100
March 04:46 05:22 112 105
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:35 117 110
alexh 04:47 04:50 101 95
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:00 83 78
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:22 90 84
MK76 04:53 04:45 97 91
Umpire 04:54 04:46 97 91
Honggui 04:54 06:20 129 121
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 07:01 138 130
Squallaby 05:09 04:18 83 78
Liari 05:09 04:42 91 85
neilr neilr 05:10 06:05 117 110
Tibthorpe 05:12 06:06 117 110
andy_knott 05:13 05:29 105 99
footballblue 05:17 07:07 134 126
Penfold_61 05:18 05:17 99 93
esmeralda 05:23 07:34 140 132
fshephe 05:25 05:21 98 92
daulbs 05:26 04:44 87 82
ChuckB 05:26 05:34 102 96
george.plumbly 05:28 06:05 111 104
KET 05:29 06:38 120 113
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:23 97 91
AndyR 05:36 06:16 111 104
Finzi 05:39 05:29 97 91
Looch 05:48 06:47 116 109
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:47 115 108
cath23 05:52 06:05 103 97
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 06:14 105 99
Dzhigit 05:54 07:30 127 119
Carol 05:56 05:38 94 88
GeorgeTz 05:56 06:28 108 101
Crossiant 06:01 06:02 100 94
DunPangolin 06:03 06:01 99 93
PGooden 06:03 05:37 92 86
Tudds 06:05 07:14 118 111
GMcD 06:08 06:05 99 93
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 06:59 113 106
earlylight 06:09 05:37 91 85
jimwetzler 06:16 05:44 91 85
ilan 06:17 05:56 94 88
James P 06:18 06:33 103 97
robinh 06:19 06:08 97 91
Michael Dove 06:23 06:07 95 89
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:50 106 100
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 07:24 114 107
tds 06:29 06:18 97 91
uvofiz 06:30 06:42 103 97
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 06:48 104 98
Gussie 06:35 06:21 96 90
valerian1967 06:35 07:42 116 109
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 07:44 116 109
jon 06:42 06:49 101 95
maisiemae 06:45 07:12 106 100
Kalakuta72 06:45 07:28 110 103
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:44 99 93
raincloud 06:49 07:23 108 101
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 07:45 111 104
ulaca ulaca 06:57 07:13 103 97
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:17 102 96
martinede 07:15 06:53 94 88
luxtonj61 07:21 07:16 98 92
Sheen 07:21 07:43 104 98
BletchleyReject 08:27 10:41 126 118
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 24:16 164 154

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.