Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2442

Date 19 July 2023
Number 2442
Setter Izetti
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 72
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2442

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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 90
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:32 102 100
Jason 02:32 02:40 105 102
mauefw 02:34 02:51 111 108
verlaine 02:36 02:55 112 109
mistigris 02:40 02:18 86 84
hilarym 02:43 02:52 105 102
cmjhutton 02:44 03:31 128 125
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:31 89 87
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:44 121 118
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 02:47 76 74
richard 03:39 03:01 82 80
markdobell 03:50 05:48 151 148
Heyesey 03:52 05:41 146 143
Kinghedger 03:52 03:58 102 100
Strober 04:04 04:33 111 108
lickert 04:11 04:48 114 111
chindit 04:13 04:01 95 93
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:43 87 85
nina s 04:19 03:52 89 87
AlanS 04:19 04:01 93 91
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:25 78 76
joelhames 04:21 03:41 84 82
tilbee 04:21 04:24 101 99
Roscoe 04:26 03:45 84 82
tiggis 04:29 05:01 111 108
trux 04:29 04:32 101 99
lucyg43484 04:30 03:36 80 78
patrickcates 04:33 06:03 132 129
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:35 77 75
Jim Willis 04:38 03:57 85 83
andrewlake 04:44 05:10 109 106
canismiser 04:45 04:24 92 90
wwalker50 04:45 05:28 115 112
andy 04:46 04:45 99 97
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:06 86 84
March 04:46 06:32 137 134
denislaw 04:47 04:02 84 82
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:11 107 104
Ed freshpot 04:50 06:05 125 122
Ease This Jam 04:50 05:35 115 112
MK76 04:53 04:06 83 81
Umpire 04:54 05:42 116 113
Honggui 04:54 04:37 94 92
Zander 05:02 04:11 83 81
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 07:03 138 135
Liari 05:09 05:57 115 112
Squallaby 05:09 05:29 106 103
neilr neilr 05:10 04:53 94 92
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:05 97 95
andy_knott 05:13 05:26 104 101
fshephe 05:25 05:57 109 106
daulbs 05:26 06:32 120 117
Spanna 05:27 06:01 110 107
mw7000 05:29 05:31 100 98
KET 05:29 06:28 117 114
Dekkers 05:31 07:16 131 128
AndyR 05:36 05:57 106 103
Finzi 05:39 05:54 104 101
Shabbo 05:46 06:50 118 115
Looch 05:48 06:18 108 105
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 06:42 114 111
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 04:45 81 79
cath23 05:52 05:20 90 88
cmcnsmith 05:56 05:44 96 94
McBeak McBeak 06:00 04:39 77 75
Crossiant 06:01 06:42 111 108
PGooden 06:03 05:13 86 84
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 06:05 100 98
Tudds 06:05 07:01 115 112
earlylight 06:09 07:01 114 111
robinh 06:19 07:14 114 111
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 07:15 112 109
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 06:21 98 96
uvofiz 06:30 06:53 105 102
julian_w 06:34 06:51 104 101
valerian1967 06:35 06:37 100 98
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 06:37 100 98
DrBill 06:42 06:04 90 88
DianeRS 06:46 05:51 86 84
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:40 98 96
endafk 06:48 07:09 105 102
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 03:32 50 49
FraserH 06:56 07:03 101 99
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:44 96 94
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:31 93 91
Yatton50 07:02 06:24 90 88
simjt simjt 07:13 07:19 101 99
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 06:50 93 91
Sheen 07:21 06:27 87 85
Andrew Whiffin 07:25 07:21 99 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.