Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2468

Date 24 August 2023
Number 2468
Setter Mara
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2468

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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 02:11 02:08 97 97
Paul Gilbert 02:28 03:08 127 128
Jason 02:32 02:19 91 91
verlaine 02:36 01:44 66 66
mistigris 02:40 02:44 102 103
hilarym 02:43 02:33 93 93
cmjhutton 02:44 01:56 70 70
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:56 104 105
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:56 95 95
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:05 84 84
richard 03:39 03:30 95 95
ian.chester 03:42 04:43 127 128
markdobell 03:50 03:27 90 90
Heyesey 03:52 03:52 100 101
Kinghedger 03:52 04:57 128 129
glheard 04:02 04:18 106 107
xyster 04:04 03:22 82 82
lickert 04:11 06:00 143 144
chindit 04:13 03:56 93 93
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:34 107 108
AlanS 04:19 03:43 86 86
PaulCooke 04:19 03:39 84 84
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:34 81 81
Roscoe 04:26 04:27 100 101
tiggis 04:29 04:59 111 112
lucyg43484 04:30 04:06 91 91
jfisher60 04:33 04:54 107 108
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:49 82 82
andrewlake 04:44 03:52 81 81
canismiser 04:45 05:36 117 118
andy 04:46 04:19 90 90
March 04:46 03:50 80 80
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 06:20 132 133
alexh 04:47 05:28 114 115
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:24 91 91
MK76 04:53 04:07 84 84
Umpire 04:54 05:53 120 121
michaelbell53 04:58 05:44 115 116
Zander 05:02 04:58 98 98
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 06:33 128 129
Squallaby 05:09 04:33 88 88
Liari 05:09 04:50 93 93
neilr neilr 05:10 06:42 129 130
annbrew 05:11 05:03 97 97
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:08 98 98
Penfold_61 05:18 04:34 86 86
Aly Duncan 05:21 04:22 81 81
daulbs 05:26 06:51 126 127
Spanna 05:27 05:31 101 102
george.plumbly 05:28 05:39 103 104
mw7000 05:29 06:30 118 119
Rabbitoh 05:32 04:36 83 83
AndyR 05:36 05:38 100 101
Finzi 05:39 05:46 102 103
Looch 05:48 05:49 100 101
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:00 102 103
cath23 05:52 04:16 72 72
Dzhigit 05:54 06:30 110 111
Carol 05:56 04:23 73 73
Crossiant 06:01 05:49 96 96
PGooden 06:03 06:21 104 105
Tudds 06:05 06:09 101 102
Rosron 06:07 07:00 114 115
GMcD 06:08 05:38 91 91
rhi.andrew 06:10 05:25 87 87
ilan 06:17 07:20 116 117
robinh 06:19 05:23 85 85
JMbrow29 06:19 06:46 107 108
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 06:08 95 95
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:05 94 94
uvofiz 06:30 06:09 94 94
Gussie 06:35 07:10 108 109
Nangle 06:41 04:50 72 72
jon 06:42 04:08 61 61
alastair52 06:43 06:19 94 94
maisiemae 06:45 07:09 105 106
Kalakuta72 06:45 06:43 99 100
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:48 100 101
1234 06:48 06:56 101 102
plett11 Plett11 06:48 05:23 79 79
Hodge21 06:49 06:30 95 95
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 05:32 79 79
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:43 96 96
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:03 87 87
kath 07:10 07:08 99 100
Dan W 07:27 07:10 96 96
Cuppa378 07:32 07:04 93 93
frost 07:51 06:59 88 88
jaraab 07:54 06:38 83 83
BletchleyReject 08:27 11:48 139 140

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.