Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2451

Date 01 August 2023
Number 2451
Setter Joker
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 108
Count of ref solvers 70
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2451

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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 01:54 87 80
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:16 91 84
Jason 02:32 02:32 100 92
verlaine 02:36 02:55 112 103
mistigris 02:40 02:50 106 98
hilarym 02:43 03:05 113 104
cmjhutton 02:44 03:19 121 112
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:37 92 85
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:14 105 97
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:29 95 87
richard 03:39 04:19 118 109
markdobell 03:50 03:16 85 78
Heyesey 03:52 05:01 129 119
Kinghedger 03:52 04:22 112 103
lickert 04:11 04:03 96 88
chindit 04:13 04:48 113 104
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:43 87 80
nina s 04:19 03:54 90 83
AlanS 04:19 04:45 110 101
tilbee 04:21 04:50 111 102
MikeOsborne 04:21 06:46 155 143
joelhames 04:21 04:37 106 98
Roscoe 04:26 04:42 106 98
trux 04:29 03:20 74 68
lucyg43484 04:30 03:53 86 79
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:33 98 90
andrewlake 04:44 03:49 80 74
wwalker50 04:45 05:50 122 112
canismiser 04:45 05:57 125 115
andy 04:46 05:07 107 99
March 04:46 06:36 138 127
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:15 89 82
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:34 115 106
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:36 95 87
MK76 04:53 05:43 117 108
Umpire 04:54 05:53 120 111
Honggui 04:54 05:24 110 101
michaelbell53 04:58 05:25 109 100
Zander 05:02 05:50 115 106
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:30 108 100
Squallaby 05:09 06:45 131 121
Liari 05:09 04:47 92 85
neilr neilr 05:10 05:15 101 93
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:07 98 90
andy_knott 05:13 06:15 119 110
Penfold_61 05:18 05:12 98 90
fshephe 05:25 06:16 115 106
daulbs 05:26 06:49 125 115
ChuckB 05:26 06:53 126 116
george.plumbly 05:28 05:36 102 94
KET 05:29 04:06 74 68
mw7000 05:29 04:33 82 75
admin 05:31 08:23 151 139
Rabbitoh 05:32 06:07 110 101
AndyR 05:36 05:32 98 90
Looch 05:48 07:10 123 113
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 05:48 99 91
Dzhigit 05:54 05:40 96 88
Carol 05:56 06:27 108 100
McBeak McBeak 06:00 08:32 142 131
Crossiant 06:01 05:15 87 80
DunPangolin 06:03 06:16 103 95
PGooden 06:03 07:00 115 106
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 08:12 134 124
GMcD 06:08 06:39 108 100
earlylight 06:09 08:05 131 121
Curarist 06:12 08:32 137 126
jimwetzler 06:16 08:13 131 121
James P 06:18 05:49 92 85
robinh 06:19 06:34 103 95
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 08:16 129 119
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 08:16 127 117
tds 06:29 07:57 122 112
uvofiz 06:30 07:14 111 102
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:16 111 102
valerian1967 06:35 06:50 103 95
Nangle 06:41 07:02 105 97
KenD51 06:42 08:17 123 113
jon 06:42 08:15 123 113
alastair52 06:43 06:55 102 94
Riche Riche 06:43 08:06 120 111
maisiemae 06:45 07:36 112 103
Kalakuta72 06:45 06:25 95 87
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:17 92 85
Viscomte 06:51 07:41 112 103
Claverton74 06:56 06:58 100 92
kath 07:10 08:44 121 112
gsriordan52 07:20 07:49 106 98
Sheen 07:21 07:58 108 100
vefatica vefatica 07:46 08:26 108 100
crosswordian 07:46 08:49 113 104
mattindoha 07:57 08:42 109 100
Jcal 08:01 08:27 105 97

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.