Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2452

Date 02 August 2023
Number 2452
Setter Alex
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2452

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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 02:04 94 94
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:06 85 85
Jason 02:32 02:14 88 88
verlaine 02:36 03:05 118 119
hilarym 02:43 02:42 99 100
cmjhutton 02:44 03:26 125 126
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:45 97 97
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:57 96 96
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 06:52 188 189
richard 03:39 03:11 87 87
markdobell 03:50 03:28 90 90
Heyesey 03:52 02:45 71 71
chriss 04:01 04:12 104 105
Strober 04:04 04:17 105 106
lickert 04:11 04:29 107 108
chindit 04:13 05:43 135 136
AlanS 04:19 05:45 133 134
tilbee 04:21 04:07 94 94
joelhames 04:21 03:59 91 91
Roscoe 04:26 04:38 104 105
lucyg43484 04:30 03:58 88 88
patrickcates 04:33 05:07 112 113
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:27 96 96
andrewlake 04:44 03:41 77 77
canismiser 04:45 04:16 89 89
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:48 100 101
andy 04:46 04:01 84 84
alexh 04:47 06:08 128 129
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:06 84 84
MK76 04:53 05:50 119 120
Umpire 04:54 05:06 104 105
Honggui 04:54 04:12 85 85
michaelbell53 04:58 03:27 69 69
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:08 81 81
Liari 05:09 06:13 120 121
Squallaby 05:09 06:07 118 119
neilr neilr 05:10 04:11 80 80
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:21 102 103
andy_knott 05:13 05:06 97 97
Penfold_61 05:18 05:24 101 102
Aly Duncan 05:21 04:48 89 89
fshephe 05:25 04:44 87 87
daulbs 05:26 03:50 70 70
george.plumbly 05:28 04:38 84 84
Dekkers 05:31 05:44 103 104
john.marshall 05:33 04:47 86 86
AndyR 05:36 06:38 118 119
Finzi 05:39 06:06 107 108
Julian Forbes 05:45 06:51 119 120
Looch 05:48 05:13 89 89
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 04:33 78 78
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 07:12 122 123
Carol 05:56 06:46 114 115
GeorgeTz 05:56 06:06 102 103
Mark Three 05:58 06:17 105 106
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:50 97 97
Crossiant 06:01 04:38 77 77
PGooden 06:03 06:24 105 106
Tudds 06:05 06:58 114 115
Rosron 06:07 06:54 112 113
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 04:17 69 69
GMcD 06:08 06:17 102 103
earlylight 06:09 06:07 99 100
Curarist 06:12 07:01 113 114
robinh 06:19 07:16 115 116
Michael Dove 06:23 07:34 118 119
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 05:48 90 90
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 04:53 76 76
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 06:54 106 107
tds 06:29 04:14 65 65
uvofiz 06:30 05:07 78 78
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 06:10 94 94
Rubeculaw Rubeculaw 06:39 07:08 107 108
DrBill 06:42 06:57 103 104
rburman 06:43 05:50 86 86
Puzzleplease 06:46 05:34 82 82
Hodge21 06:49 07:22 108 109
FraserH 06:56 05:11 74 74
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 06:22 91 91
ChrisBrea 06:57 05:27 78 78
ratterz 07:00 06:05 86 86
goldenpie 07:06 07:43 108 109
hookyt 07:13 07:45 107 108
martinede 07:15 07:28 102 103
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 05:58 81 81
gsriordan52 07:20 06:45 92 92
luxtonj61 07:21 07:38 103 104
Sheen 07:21 05:35 75 75
Pendrov 07:24 06:55 93 93
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 06:22 83 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.