Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2420

Date 19 June 2023
Number 2420
Setter Alex
Day of week Monday
NITCH 96
Count of ref solvers 76
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2420

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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 02:01 92 95
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:11 88 91
Jason 02:32 02:02 80 83
verlaine 02:36 02:26 93 96
mistigris 02:40 02:38 98 102
hilarym 02:43 02:56 107 111
cmjhutton 02:44 02:11 79 82
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:52 137 142
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:49 91 94
Sheapey Sheapey 03:31 03:17 93 96
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 02:48 77 80
richard 03:39 03:10 86 89
markdobell 03:50 04:40 121 126
Kinghedger 03:52 03:25 88 91
Heyesey 03:52 05:50 150 156
glheard 04:02 03:36 89 92
lickert 04:11 04:02 96 100
chindit 04:13 05:59 141 146
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:48 113 117
chriswords 04:14 04:13 99 103
nina s 04:19 02:42 62 64
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:57 90 93
tilbee 04:21 03:26 78 81
tiggis 04:29 03:47 84 87
lucyg43484 04:30 04:58 110 114
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:48 104 108
Jim Willis 04:38 03:57 85 88
d.middleton 04:39 04:02 86 89
andrewlake 04:44 05:11 109 113
canismiser 04:45 03:57 83 86
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:36 96 100
andy 04:46 05:50 122 127
March 04:46 06:14 130 135
alexh 04:47 05:35 116 120
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:40 97 101
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:04 84 87
Ease This Jam 04:50 07:14 149 155
MK76 04:53 05:41 116 120
Umpire 04:54 06:09 125 130
Honggui 04:54 05:38 114 118
Zander 05:02 04:37 91 94
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:10 101 105
Squallaby 05:09 05:27 105 109
neilr neilr 05:10 04:59 96 100
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:02 96 100
Aly Duncan 05:21 07:21 137 142
esmeralda 05:23 04:11 77 80
fshephe 05:25 04:53 90 93
daulbs 05:26 03:38 66 68
george.plumbly 05:28 06:03 110 114
KET 05:29 04:14 77 80
mw7000 05:29 04:16 77 80
Rabbitoh 05:32 03:37 65 67
AndyR 05:36 06:01 107 111
Finzi 05:39 05:23 95 98
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 06:13 109 113
Looch 05:48 06:24 110 114
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:07 87 90
cath23 05:52 05:28 93 96
Dzhigit 05:54 05:56 100 104
Crossiant 06:01 04:39 77 80
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 05:03 83 86
Tudds 06:05 05:39 92 95
earlylight 06:09 04:54 79 82
Curarist 06:12 07:18 117 121
jimwetzler 06:16 05:41 90 93
ilan 06:17 06:28 102 106
James P 06:18 06:22 101 105
robinh 06:19 05:07 81 84
IreneC 06:19 05:12 82 85
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:56 108 112
uvofiz 06:30 05:20 82 85
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 04:20 66 68
julian_w 06:34 05:54 89 92
jon 06:42 06:24 95 98
JeffHobbs 06:42 06:14 93 96
John Arnold 06:44 06:33 97 101
maisiemae 06:45 05:42 84 87
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:38 98 102
endafk 06:48 05:56 87 90
raincloud 06:49 07:32 110 114
timbo 06:51 06:04 88 91
Viscomte 06:51 07:25 108 112
jjspomeroy 06:54 07:19 106 110
FraserH 06:56 06:06 87 90
ChrisBrea 06:57 07:04 101 105
Yatton50 07:02 05:40 80 83
TomHerbert 07:52 06:41 84 87
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 06:39 84 87
goblin 08:21 07:05 84 87

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.