Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2477

Date 06 September 2023
Number 2477
Setter Teazel
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 143
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2477

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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
Jason 02:32 08:23 330 230
verlaine 02:36 04:16 164 114
hilarym 02:43 03:02 111 77
cmjhutton 02:44 03:28 126 88
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:51 136 95
Flimmy flammy 03:04 04:24 143 100
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 05:24 148 103
markdobell 03:50 04:08 107 74
Heyesey 03:52 05:44 148 103
chriss 04:01 04:16 106 74
xyster 04:04 06:19 155 108
lickert 04:11 05:05 121 84
chindit 04:13 05:34 132 92
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:10 98 68
AlanS 04:19 04:23 101 70
PaulCooke 04:19 04:33 105 73
MikeOsborne 04:21 07:32 173 120
tiggis 04:29 04:50 107 74
lucyg43484 04:30 05:25 120 83
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:40 123 86
andrewlake 04:44 06:36 139 97
canismiser 04:45 07:52 165 115
andy 04:46 07:14 151 105
March 04:46 07:02 147 102
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 06:33 137 95
Umpire 04:54 05:35 113 79
Zander 05:02 05:25 107 74
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 06:38 130 90
Liari 05:09 05:10 100 69
Squallaby 05:09 07:44 150 104
neilr neilr 05:10 07:11 139 97
Tibthorpe 05:12 07:18 140 97
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:19 118 82
esmeralda 05:23 09:16 172 120
fshephe 05:25 08:04 148 103
george.plumbly 05:28 05:44 104 72
mw7000 05:29 07:49 142 99
Rabbitoh 05:32 11:49 213 148
Eddddddd 05:34 08:02 144 100
AndyR 05:36 07:25 132 92
Finzi 05:39 05:59 105 73
Shabbo 05:46 06:00 104 72
Looch 05:48 09:18 160 111
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 08:14 140 97
cath23 05:52 08:17 141 98
Carol 05:56 05:23 90 62
Crossiant 06:01 08:12 136 95
PGooden 06:03 11:50 195 136
Tudds 06:05 06:44 110 76
GMcD 06:08 10:03 163 113
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 10:14 166 116
earlylight 06:09 08:28 137 95
Curarist 06:12 08:07 130 90
ilan 06:17 10:43 170 118
robinh 06:19 09:04 143 100
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 07:10 110 76
Aloysius 06:28 12:14 189 132
tds 06:29 07:59 123 86
uvofiz 06:30 08:33 131 91
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 11:09 170 118
Nuck_the_king 06:34 11:17 171 119
alastair52 06:43 11:11 166 116
John Arnold 06:44 09:27 140 97
maisiemae 06:45 09:53 146 102
Kalakuta72 06:45 11:17 167 116
Puzzleplease 06:46 10:24 153 106
plett11 Plett11 06:48 08:13 120 83
Edprof 06:49 09:40 141 98
timbo 06:51 08:23 122 85
Viscomte 06:51 12:44 185 129
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 07:46 112 78
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 10:09 146 102
Yatton50 07:02 09:12 130 90
barracuda barracuda 07:08 10:03 140 97
martinede 07:15 09:27 130 90
m5harp 07:15 11:20 156 109
Doyler 07:15 12:54 177 123
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 07:53 108 75
gsriordan52 07:20 08:11 111 77
luxtonj61 07:21 09:24 127 88
crosswordian 07:46 11:00 141 98
TomHerbert 07:52 11:55 151 105
mattindoha 07:57 10:13 128 89
jemcd33 08:05 10:54 134 93
john.brassey 08:08 10:36 130 90
BletchleyReject 08:27 13:46 162 113
Pauline Minter 08:42 09:43 111 77
edwards.robert1 09:41 10:08 104 72
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 20:04 120 83

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.