Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2475

Date 04 September 2023
Number 2475
Setter Mara
Day of week Monday
NITCH 94
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2475

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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 01:44 79 84
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:42 109 115
Jason 02:32 02:02 80 85
verlaine 02:36 02:23 91 96
mistigris 02:40 02:33 95 101
hilarym 02:43 02:12 80 85
cmjhutton 02:44 02:58 108 114
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:11 77 81
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:17 107 113
richard 03:39 02:48 76 80
markdobell 03:50 03:31 91 96
Heyesey 03:52 04:02 104 110
Kinghedger 03:52 03:34 92 97
chriss 04:01 04:52 121 128
glheard 04:02 05:21 132 140
Strober 04:04 04:56 121 128
lickert 04:11 03:18 78 82
chindit 04:13 03:06 73 77
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:49 113 120
nina s 04:19 04:59 115 122
AlanS 04:19 04:01 93 98
PaulCooke 04:19 03:47 87 92
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:59 114 121
joelhames 04:21 04:42 108 114
tiggis 04:29 03:21 74 78
trux 04:29 03:54 86 91
lucyg43484 04:30 03:36 80 85
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:34 77 81
John Walsh 04:37 04:47 103 109
d.middleton 04:39 04:12 90 95
andrewlake 04:44 04:52 102 108
canismiser 04:45 04:02 84 89
andy 04:46 04:53 102 108
March 04:46 03:59 83 88
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:57 103 109
alexh 04:47 05:13 109 115
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 03:52 80 85
MK76 04:53 04:43 96 102
Umpire 04:54 04:24 89 94
Johninterred 04:54 05:21 109 115
michaelbell53 04:58 06:52 138 146
Zander 05:02 04:40 92 97
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:48 94 100
Squallaby 05:09 04:52 94 100
Liari 05:09 04:33 88 93
neilr neilr 05:10 04:31 87 92
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:24 84 89
footballblue 05:17 06:09 116 123
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:20 118 125
esmeralda 05:23 04:47 88 93
fshephe 05:25 04:41 86 91
daulbs 05:26 04:27 81 86
ChuckB 05:26 05:33 102 108
KET 05:29 06:37 120 127
Dekkers 05:31 05:16 95 101
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:19 96 102
Eddddddd 05:34 05:04 91 96
Finzi 05:39 04:56 87 92
Shabbo 05:46 05:57 103 109
Looch 05:48 04:31 77 81
cath23 05:52 04:53 83 88
Dzhigit 05:54 05:20 90 95
Carol 05:56 04:13 71 75
GeorgeTz 05:56 06:13 104 110
McBeak McBeak 06:00 04:31 75 79
RobR RobR 06:03 05:18 87 92
PGooden 06:03 05:33 91 96
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 05:11 85 90
Tudds 06:05 05:54 96 102
GMcD 06:08 05:06 83 88
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 05:03 82 87
jimwetzler 06:16 05:52 93 98
ilan 06:17 06:03 96 102
James P 06:18 06:34 104 110
robinh 06:19 05:24 85 90
JMbrow29 06:19 06:00 94 100
Michael Dove 06:23 05:31 86 91
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 06:54 107 113
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:23 99 105
JeffHobbs 06:42 06:02 90 95
alastair52 06:43 06:56 103 109
maisiemae 06:45 05:36 82 87
endafk 06:48 06:39 97 103
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:51 100 106
raincloud 06:49 06:29 95 101
Viscomte 06:51 05:52 85 90
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 05:44 82 87
ulaca ulaca 06:57 06:26 92 97
ratterz 07:00 06:16 89 94
m5harp 07:15 06:47 93 98
frost 07:51 06:30 82 87
jaraab 07:54 06:47 85 90
BletchleyReject 08:27 08:00 94 100
BertieVII 09:06 06:55 76 80

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.