Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2470

Date 28 August 2023
Number 2470
Setter Myles
Day of week Monday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2470

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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
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:43 110 107
Jason 02:32 02:25 95 93
verlaine 02:36 02:44 105 102
mistigris 02:40 02:50 106 103
hilarym 02:43 03:52 142 139
cmjhutton 02:44 03:24 124 121
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:46 90 88
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 02:43 74 72
richard 03:39 04:23 120 117
markdobell 03:50 03:56 102 100
Heyesey 03:52 03:15 84 82
Kinghedger 03:52 03:56 101 99
chriss 04:01 03:22 83 81
glheard 04:02 03:40 90 88
lickert 04:11 03:37 86 84
chindit 04:13 04:13 100 98
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:58 117 114
nina s 04:19 03:17 76 74
AlanS 04:19 04:06 94 92
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:18 98 96
Roscoe 04:26 04:27 100 98
tiggis 04:29 05:26 121 118
trux 04:29 03:17 73 71
lucyg43484 04:30 04:52 108 105
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:46 103 100
d.middleton 04:39 05:04 108 105
andrewlake 04:44 06:09 129 126
canismiser 04:45 03:42 77 75
andy 04:46 04:28 93 91
March 04:46 05:01 105 102
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 03:39 76 74
alexh 04:47 05:38 117 114
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:25 92 90
MK76 04:53 05:06 104 101
Umpire 04:54 06:28 131 128
Honggui 04:54 06:19 128 125
Zander 05:02 05:23 106 103
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 06:05 119 116
The Dabbler 05:05 04:58 97 95
Squallaby 05:09 05:00 97 95
Liari 05:09 05:29 106 103
neilr neilr 05:10 04:55 95 93
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:24 103 100
Penfold_61 05:18 04:43 88 86
fishernick79 05:19 05:49 109 106
Aly Duncan 05:21 04:22 81 79
esmeralda 05:23 05:12 96 94
fshephe 05:25 05:45 106 103
george.plumbly 05:28 04:52 89 87
mw7000 05:29 07:27 135 132
Rabbitoh 05:32 04:38 83 81
AndyR 05:36 05:37 100 98
Finzi 05:39 05:55 104 101
Looch 05:48 06:32 112 109
Carol 05:56 05:12 87 85
GeorgeTz 05:56 05:09 86 84
nigel 06:00 05:18 88 86
DunPangolin 06:03 06:47 112 109
Tudds 06:05 05:17 86 84
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 06:43 110 107
Rosron 06:07 07:36 124 121
GMcD 06:08 06:04 98 96
earlylight 06:09 06:40 108 105
Curarist 06:12 05:55 95 93
James P 06:18 05:25 85 83
robinh 06:19 05:50 92 90
Michael Dove 06:23 07:00 109 106
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 07:03 109 106
uvofiz 06:30 06:01 92 90
Gussie 06:35 06:47 103 100
Nangle 06:41 06:17 94 92
maisiemae 06:45 06:08 90 88
Kalakuta72 06:45 07:02 104 101
DianeRS 06:46 06:00 88 86
endafk 06:48 06:52 100 98
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:50 100 98
raincloud 06:49 04:58 72 70
jjspomeroy 06:54 07:05 102 100
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:00 86 84
ChrisBrea 06:57 07:10 103 100
Cookincats 06:57 06:18 90 88
ulaca ulaca 06:57 05:37 80 78
ratterz 07:00 06:53 98 96
gsriordan52 07:20 07:28 101 99
BletchleyReject 08:27 02:00 23 22
Pauline Minter 08:42 07:31 86 84
CrystalPip 08:59 06:19 70 68
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 11:43 70 68

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.