Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2474

Date 01 September 2023
Number 2474
Setter Teazel
Day of week Friday
NITCH 126
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 1
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2474

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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 02:45 125 99
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:26 98 77
Jason 02:32 03:25 134 106
verlaine 02:36 02:15 86 68
mistigris 02:40 02:22 88 69
hilarym 02:43 03:34 131 103
cmjhutton 02:44 04:57 181 143
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 04:44 168 133
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:39 119 94
richard 03:39 04:00 109 86
markdobell 03:50 03:34 93 73
Heyesey 03:52 03:08 81 64
Kinghedger 03:52 03:59 103 81
chriss 04:01 06:11 153 121
glheard 04:02 06:29 160 126
Strober 04:04 04:10 102 80
lickert 04:11 04:54 117 92
chindit 04:13 04:53 115 91
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:57 116 92
nina s 04:19 05:24 125 99
AlanS 04:19 04:34 105 83
MikeOsborne 04:21 06:12 142 112
joelhames 04:21 05:05 116 92
tiggis 04:29 05:30 122 96
lucyg43484 04:30 04:52 108 85
jfisher60 04:33 04:55 108 85
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:26 96 76
andrewlake 04:44 08:32 180 142
canismiser 04:45 08:57 188 149
andy 04:46 04:16 89 70
March 04:46 05:52 123 97
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:43 119 94
alexh 04:47 04:27 93 73
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:18 109 86
Umpire 04:54 05:08 104 82
Johninterred 04:54 06:41 136 107
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:57 97 76
The Dabbler 05:05 04:45 93 73
neilr neilr 05:10 04:36 89 70
annbrew 05:11 04:41 90 71
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:46 110 87
Penfold_61 05:18 04:42 88 69
fshephe 05:25 05:10 95 75
ChuckB 05:26 06:27 118 93
daulbs 05:26 10:47 198 157
george.plumbly 05:28 06:52 125 99
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:27 98 77
Finzi 05:39 05:47 102 80
Shabbo 05:46 07:25 128 101
Looch 05:48 07:40 132 104
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 04:17 73 57
cath23 05:52 08:24 143 113
Carol 05:56 08:54 150 119
GeorgeTz 05:56 06:56 116 92
Mark Three 05:58 07:45 129 102
Crossiant 06:01 08:38 143 113
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 09:21 153 121
GMcD 06:08 06:45 110 87
Blackbeard 06:11 05:04 81 64
James P 06:18 10:59 174 138
robinh 06:19 07:26 117 92
Michael Dove 06:23 09:38 150 119
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 08:22 129 102
uvofiz 06:30 09:09 140 111
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 10:11 155 123
julian_w 06:34 07:39 116 92
Gussie 06:35 08:14 125 99
robertbridge 06:38 08:05 121 96
jon 06:42 08:46 130 103
DrBill 06:42 06:09 91 72
alastair52 06:43 10:59 163 129
Riche Riche 06:43 10:47 160 126
John Arnold 06:44 08:32 126 100
Kalakuta72 06:45 10:25 154 122
endafk 06:48 10:50 159 126
Edprof 06:49 08:06 118 93
Hodge21 06:49 07:40 112 88
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 09:14 132 104
ulaca ulaca 06:57 09:36 138 109
ratterz 07:00 09:15 132 104
barracuda barracuda 07:08 09:23 131 103
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 08:14 113 89
gsriordan52 07:20 08:12 111 88
Sheen 07:21 09:13 125 99
AndyLast 07:35 07:55 104 82
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 09:30 124 98
Crippens1 07:41 10:12 132 104
jaraab 07:54 09:18 117 92
mattindoha 07:57 08:24 105 83
john.brassey 08:08 10:19 126 100
BletchleyReject 08:27 02:00 23 18
nigelmzzz 08:44 10:15 117 92
edwards.robert1 09:41 09:48 101 80
ifincham2 11:32 10:56 94 74

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.