Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2438

Date 13 July 2023
Number 2438
Setter Izetti
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 115
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2438

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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 02:05 95 82
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:34 104 90
Jason 02:32 02:54 114 99
verlaine 02:36 02:50 108 93
mistigris 02:40 03:52 145 126
cmjhutton 02:44 03:02 110 95
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:29 123 106
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:42 88 76
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:18 118 102
richard 03:39 04:17 117 101
markdobell 03:50 05:09 134 116
Heyesey 03:52 03:59 103 89
glheard 04:02 03:20 82 71
lickert 04:11 05:32 132 114
chindit 04:13 04:36 109 94
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:15 124 107
nina s 04:19 03:37 83 72
AlanS 04:19 04:07 95 82
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:26 101 87
tilbee 04:21 04:15 97 84
Roscoe 04:26 04:41 105 91
tiggis 04:29 05:10 115 100
lucyg43484 04:30 04:50 107 93
patrickcates 04:33 07:04 155 134
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:00 108 93
Jim Willis 04:38 05:49 125 108
andrewlake 04:44 04:30 95 82
andy 04:46 04:55 103 89
March 04:46 05:26 113 98
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:54 102 88
alexh 04:47 04:54 102 88
denislaw 04:47 05:56 124 107
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:59 124 107
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:25 112 97
Ease This Jam 04:50 09:16 191 166
Umpire 04:54 04:22 89 77
Honggui 04:54 04:23 89 77
michaelbell53 04:58 03:16 65 56
Zander 05:02 04:48 95 82
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:06 100 86
Liari 05:09 04:23 85 73
neilr neilr 05:10 06:18 121 105
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:36 107 93
esmeralda 05:23 05:28 101 87
fshephe 05:25 05:24 99 86
george.plumbly 05:28 06:26 117 101
mw7000 05:29 07:51 143 124
Rabbitoh 05:32 06:42 121 105
john.marshall 05:33 05:14 94 81
Finzi 05:39 06:49 120 104
Shabbo 05:46 07:12 124 107
Looch 05:48 05:11 89 77
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:26 109 94
Crossiant 06:01 08:00 132 114
DunPangolin 06:03 08:36 142 123
Tudds 06:05 07:27 122 106
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 08:46 144 125
Rosron 06:07 08:53 145 126
GMcD 06:08 07:24 120 104
hopkinb hopkinb 06:08 06:14 101 87
earlylight 06:09 08:02 130 113
martinphillips 06:09 06:36 107 93
rhi.andrew 06:10 07:06 115 100
Curarist 06:12 05:28 88 76
jimwetzler 06:16 07:08 113 98
James P 06:18 07:00 111 96
robinh 06:19 07:07 112 97
JMbrow29 06:19 08:13 130 113
IreneC 06:19 07:55 125 108
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 09:25 144 125
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 08:16 124 107
Nangle 06:41 07:27 111 96
DrBill 06:42 07:47 116 100
jon 06:42 08:51 132 114
maisiemae 06:45 06:46 100 86
Puzzleplease 06:46 08:20 123 106
endafk 06:48 08:15 121 105
Hodge21 06:49 08:07 119 103
FraserH 06:56 09:00 129 112
ratterz 07:00 09:06 130 113
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:36 106 92
gsriordan52 07:20 06:55 94 81
Crippens1 07:41 08:49 114 99
crosswordian 07:46 08:54 114 99
vefatica vefatica 07:46 07:36 97 84
TomHerbert 07:52 07:53 100 86
goblin 08:21 08:00 95 82
jackk.larg 08:27 09:48 115 100
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 09:23 105 91
edwards.robert1 09:41 09:34 98 85

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.