Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2478

Date 07 September 2023
Number 2478
Setter Joker
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 113
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2478

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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 02:39 121 107
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:42 109 96
Jason 02:32 03:17 129 114
verlaine 02:36 02:31 96 84
mistigris 02:40 03:09 118 104
cmjhutton 02:44 02:51 104 92
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:28 123 108
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:11 103 91
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:35 126 111
richard 03:39 03:38 99 87
markdobell 03:50 04:50 126 111
Kinghedger 03:52 04:14 109 96
chriss 04:01 03:39 90 79
xyster 04:04 04:41 115 101
lickert 04:11 05:05 121 107
chindit 04:13 03:53 92 81
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:02 95 84
nina s 04:19 05:32 128 113
AlanS 04:19 06:33 151 133
MikeOsborne 04:21 05:13 119 105
trux 04:29 04:41 104 92
tiggis 04:29 06:20 141 124
lucyg43484 04:30 05:31 122 107
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 06:26 139 123
I like cheese 04:42 04:42 100 88
andrewlake 04:44 05:52 123 108
canismiser 04:45 05:47 121 107
March 04:46 04:48 100 88
alexh 04:47 04:57 103 91
MK76 04:53 05:08 105 92
Umpire 04:54 04:02 82 72
Honggui 04:54 06:23 130 115
Johninterred 04:54 04:09 84 74
michaelbell53 04:58 07:04 142 125
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 06:09 120 106
The Dabbler 05:05 04:43 92 81
Liari 05:09 04:00 77 68
Squallaby 05:09 05:21 103 91
neilr neilr 05:10 05:53 113 100
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:23 103 91
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:20 118 104
esmeralda 05:23 05:26 100 88
fshephe 05:25 08:07 149 131
ChuckB 05:26 05:49 107 94
daulbs 05:26 07:14 133 117
george.plumbly 05:28 05:19 97 85
KET 05:29 04:50 88 77
jdrubin 05:29 06:34 119 105
Rabbitoh 05:32 08:05 146 129
Eddddddd 05:34 05:56 106 93
Finzi 05:39 06:27 114 100
Shabbo 05:46 07:15 125 110
Looch 05:48 06:50 117 103
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:19 107 94
cath23 05:52 07:21 125 110
Dzhigit 05:54 06:55 117 103
Carol 05:56 06:17 105 92
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:52 97 85
Crossiant 06:01 07:07 118 104
PGooden 06:03 07:34 125 110
Tudds 06:05 06:10 101 89
GMcD 06:08 07:22 120 106
martinphillips 06:09 07:33 122 107
Curarist 06:12 07:40 123 108
robinh 06:19 06:10 97 85
Michael Dove 06:23 07:59 125 110
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 05:34 86 76
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 07:45 119 105
uvofiz 06:30 07:25 114 100
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:36 116 102
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 05:56 89 78
Nangle 06:41 07:05 105 92
smalley552 06:42 07:49 116 102
jon 06:42 06:39 99 87
rburman 06:43 06:16 93 82
John Arnold 06:44 06:17 93 82
Kalakuta72 06:45 08:24 124 109
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:01 88 77
Edprof 06:49 06:31 95 84
Hodge21 06:49 08:17 121 107
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 06:20 91 80
ChrisBrea 06:57 07:41 110 97
ratterz 07:00 06:11 88 77
benedick 07:04 07:25 104 92
gsriordan52 07:20 07:34 103 91
Sheen 07:21 08:01 109 96
Andrew Whiffin 07:25 07:10 96 84
sue.cresswell 07:46 06:37 85 75
ezoredfox 07:50 07:50 100 88
mattindoha 07:57 08:22 105 92
john.brassey 08:08 08:16 101 89
BletchleyReject 08:27 11:29 135 119
nigelmzzz 08:44 05:16 60 53
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 07:34 85 75
flashman flashman 11:48 12:00 101 89
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 25:00 169 149
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 22:44 136 120

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.