Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2469

Date 25 August 2023
Number 2469
Setter Joker
Day of week Friday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2469

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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 01:48 82 80
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:45 111 108
Jason 02:32 02:18 90 88
verlaine 02:36 03:24 130 127
mistigris 02:40 02:45 103 100
hilarym 02:43 02:16 83 81
cmjhutton 02:44 03:55 143 140
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:58 105 102
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:41 120 117
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:50 105 102
richard 03:39 03:31 96 94
markdobell 03:50 03:10 82 80
Kinghedger 03:52 03:46 97 95
chriss 04:01 04:17 106 103
glheard 04:02 03:32 87 85
Strober 04:04 05:06 125 122
lickert 04:11 03:54 93 91
chindit 04:13 03:47 89 87
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:38 85 83
nina s 04:19 02:56 67 65
AlanS 04:19 04:42 108 105
joelhames 04:21 03:54 89 87
Roscoe 04:26 04:13 95 93
tiggis 04:29 03:39 81 79
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:03 109 106
andrewlake 04:44 04:38 97 95
andy 04:46 04:35 96 94
March 04:46 05:52 123 120
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:24 113 110
alexh 04:47 05:07 106 103
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 06:44 140 137
MK76 04:53 05:24 110 107
Honggui 04:54 04:58 101 99
Zander 05:02 04:18 85 83
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:15 103 100
The Dabbler 05:05 04:22 85 83
Squallaby 05:09 05:04 98 96
Liari 05:09 04:14 82 80
neilr neilr 05:10 05:49 112 109
annbrew 05:11 05:59 115 112
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:41 109 106
footballblue 05:17 06:52 129 126
Penfold_61 05:18 05:07 96 94
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:30 121 118
daulbs 05:26 04:46 87 85
Spanna 05:27 05:21 98 96
george.plumbly 05:28 05:02 92 90
jdrubin 05:29 07:07 129 126
mw7000 05:29 04:46 86 84
MossDef 05:30 04:50 87 85
stguest2 05:32 07:00 126 123
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:04 91 89
AndyR 05:36 06:38 118 115
Finzi 05:39 05:42 100 98
Looch 05:48 04:57 85 83
cath23 05:52 05:45 98 96
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 07:20 124 121
GeorgeTz 05:56 06:14 105 102
Crossiant 06:01 06:11 102 100
DunPangolin 06:03 05:31 91 89
PGooden 06:03 05:56 98 96
RobR RobR 06:03 05:00 82 80
Rosron 06:07 06:36 107 104
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 07:13 117 114
GMcD 06:08 05:25 88 86
earlylight 06:09 07:01 114 111
martinphillips 06:09 05:29 89 87
Curarist 06:12 06:35 106 103
jimwetzler 06:16 07:21 117 114
robinh 06:19 06:48 107 104
andrejpanjkov 06:19 07:00 110 107
mandyroberts2007 06:20 05:50 92 90
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 05:45 89 87
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 06:29 100 98
tds 06:29 07:15 111 108
uvofiz 06:30 06:45 103 100
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 06:56 106 103
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 07:09 108 105
Rubeculaw Rubeculaw 06:39 06:42 100 98
DrBill 06:42 06:51 102 100
John Arnold 06:44 06:01 89 87
Kalakuta72 06:45 06:00 88 86
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:41 98 96
Viscomte 06:51 06:36 96 94
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:51 98 96
ulaca ulaca 06:57 06:27 92 90
ratterz 07:00 06:51 97 95
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:05 99 97
martinede 07:15 06:53 94 92
m5harp 07:15 06:37 91 89
Sheen 07:21 06:03 82 80
BletchleyReject 08:27 15:48 186 182
flashman flashman 11:48 13:00 110 107

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.