Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2428

Date 29 June 2023
Number 2428
Setter Juno
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 120
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2428

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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 01:56 88 73
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:26 98 81
Jason 02:32 02:52 113 94
verlaine 02:36 02:58 114 95
mistigris 02:40 02:51 106 88
hilarym 02:43 03:16 120 100
cmjhutton 02:44 03:12 117 97
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:15 115 95
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:21 109 90
richard 03:39 04:12 115 95
markdobell 03:50 06:33 170 141
glheard 04:02 04:38 114 95
lickert 04:11 04:18 102 85
chindit 04:13 04:27 105 87
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:03 72 60
nina s 04:19 02:15 52 43
AlanS 04:19 04:44 109 90
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:53 112 93
tilbee 04:21 05:52 134 111
Roscoe 04:26 04:23 98 81
tiggis 04:29 05:22 119 99
lucyg43484 04:30 05:00 111 92
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:01 109 90
andrewlake 04:44 05:47 122 101
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:37 117 97
March 04:46 05:09 108 90
alexh 04:47 05:15 109 90
denislaw 04:47 05:01 104 86
Ease This Jam 04:50 08:26 174 145
Honggui 04:54 06:32 133 110
Zander 05:02 06:18 125 104
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 07:08 140 116
Squallaby 05:09 05:26 105 87
neilr neilr 05:10 05:28 105 87
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:11 99 82
Penfold_61 05:18 06:23 120 100
fshephe 05:25 05:43 105 87
daulbs 05:26 07:58 146 121
ChuckB 05:26 06:24 117 97
george.plumbly 05:28 06:21 116 96
KET 05:29 09:11 167 139
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:17 95 79
AndyR 05:36 07:01 125 104
Finzi 05:39 06:43 118 98
Shabbo 05:46 06:41 115 95
Looch 05:48 05:10 89 74
squark 05:50 10:34 181 150
cath23 05:52 09:30 161 134
SimonB 05:56 07:31 126 105
Carol 05:56 08:34 144 120
Mark Three 05:58 10:04 168 140
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:51 97 80
Crossiant 06:01 07:02 116 96
PGooden 06:03 05:39 93 77
Tudds 06:05 07:47 127 105
GMcD 06:08 06:51 111 92
earlylight 06:09 08:55 144 120
Curarist 06:12 05:46 93 77
James P 06:18 10:57 173 144
robinh 06:19 09:46 154 128
IreneC 06:19 08:40 137 114
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 08:14 128 106
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 08:32 131 109
Aloysius 06:28 10:04 155 129
Gussie 06:35 08:34 130 108
robertbridge 06:38 07:06 107 89
KenD51 06:42 07:36 113 94
alastair52 06:43 10:30 156 130
rburman 06:43 06:35 98 81
John Arnold 06:44 07:30 111 92
maisiemae 06:45 10:34 156 130
Kalakuta72 06:45 09:44 144 120
plett11 Plett11 06:48 08:31 125 104
Viscomte 06:51 09:29 138 115
FraserH 06:56 09:41 139 115
ratterz 07:00 09:01 128 106
Yatton50 07:02 08:35 122 101
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:29 104 86
martinede 07:15 08:36 118 98
gsriordan52 07:20 09:50 134 111
sue.cresswell 07:46 09:47 125 104
crosswordian 07:46 09:05 116 96
vefatica vefatica 07:46 09:05 116 96
TomHerbert 07:52 07:55 100 83
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 08:13 104 86
jaraab 07:54 07:27 94 78
jemcd33 08:05 08:40 107 89
Pauline Minter 08:42 10:30 120 100
nigelmzzz 08:44 10:28 119 99
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 10:54 122 101
Destime 09:18 10:41 114 95
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:48 09:48 100 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.