Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2471

Date 29 August 2023
Number 2471
Setter Felix
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 124
Count of ref solvers 58
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2471

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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 03:40 167 134
Paul Gilbert 02:28 03:21 135 108
Jason 02:32 03:52 152 122
verlaine 02:36 06:45 259 208
mistigris 02:40 02:32 95 76
hilarym 02:43 02:37 96 77
cmjhutton 02:44 03:02 110 88
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:48 99 79
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:53 106 85
richard 03:39 05:47 158 127
markdobell 03:50 03:50 100 80
Heyesey 03:52 03:35 92 74
chriss 04:01 03:32 87 70
Strober 04:04 03:25 84 67
lickert 04:11 06:09 147 118
chindit 04:13 07:15 171 137
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:26 104 83
nina s 04:19 04:56 114 91
AlanS 04:19 04:08 95 76
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:56 90 72
joelhames 04:21 05:26 124 100
tiggis 04:29 05:28 121 97
trux 04:29 05:47 128 103
lucyg43484 04:30 04:41 104 83
andrewlake 04:44 08:17 175 141
andy 04:46 07:39 160 129
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:52 123 99
alexh 04:47 05:26 113 91
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 07:55 164 132
Umpire 04:54 05:15 107 86
Honggui 04:54 05:18 108 87
Johninterred 04:54 04:59 101 81
Zander 05:02 04:17 85 68
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 07:31 147 118
Liari 05:09 05:04 98 79
Squallaby 05:09 05:38 109 87
neilr neilr 05:10 05:47 111 89
Tibthorpe 05:12 07:05 136 109
Penfold_61 05:18 06:37 124 100
esmeralda 05:23 07:03 130 104
fshephe 05:25 08:17 152 122
ChuckB 05:26 05:39 103 83
george.plumbly 05:28 06:33 119 95
KET 05:29 03:48 69 55
Finzi 05:39 05:42 100 80
Shabbo 05:46 06:04 105 84
Looch 05:48 09:33 164 132
cath23 05:52 06:31 111 89
Crossiant 06:01 07:11 119 95
DunPangolin 06:03 07:55 130 104
PGooden 06:03 05:45 95 76
GMcD 06:08 07:10 116 93
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 06:55 112 90
jimwetzler 06:16 08:17 132 106
ilan 06:17 06:53 109 87
James P 06:18 06:10 97 78
robinh 06:19 07:01 111 89
JMbrow29 06:19 07:09 113 91
Michael Dove 06:23 08:21 130 104
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 09:17 145 116
uvofiz 06:30 07:28 114 91
Nangle 06:41 10:27 156 125
KenD51 06:42 07:40 114 91
DrBill 06:42 05:53 87 70
maisiemae 06:45 09:39 142 114
Puzzleplease 06:46 09:22 138 111
Edprof 06:49 08:25 123 99
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 08:25 121 97
Cookincats 06:57 08:52 127 102
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:12 89 71
ulaca ulaca 06:57 09:29 136 109
barracuda barracuda 07:08 08:56 125 100
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 06:59 95 76
gsriordan52 07:20 07:27 101 81
sue.cresswell 07:46 09:07 117 94
crosswordian 07:46 06:29 83 66
vefatica vefatica 07:46 09:14 118 95
TomHerbert 07:52 09:21 118 95
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 08:36 109 87
mattindoha 07:57 08:12 103 83
Jcal 08:01 10:35 132 106
john.brassey 08:08 10:30 129 104
goblin 08:21 07:56 95 76
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 09:15 104 83
MichaelE 08:54 09:17 104 83
edwards.robert1 09:41 09:30 98 79

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.