Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2341

Date 28 February 2023
Number 2341
Setter Oink
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 100
Count of ref solvers 74
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2341

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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 02:29 113 113
Paul Gilbert 02:28 01:50 74 74
Jason 02:32 02:02 80 80
mauefw 02:34 02:35 100 100
mistigris 02:40 02:28 92 92
cmjhutton 02:44 01:53 68 68
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:32 89 89
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:46 90 90
richard 03:39 04:08 113 113
markdobell 03:50 04:29 116 116
glheard 04:02 04:40 115 115
Strober 04:04 03:42 90 90
lickert 04:11 03:48 90 90
chindit 04:13 03:39 86 86
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:12 99 99
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:18 98 98
tilbee 04:21 04:12 96 96
Roscoe 04:26 04:21 98 98
tiggis 04:29 04:35 102 102
lucyg43484 04:30 03:53 86 86
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:39 79 79
scrabbler 04:39 05:09 110 110
andrewlake 04:44 04:53 103 103
canismiser 04:45 04:33 95 95
wwalker50 04:45 05:11 109 109
andy 04:46 03:47 79 79
March 04:46 04:45 99 99
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:04 106 106
alexh 04:47 06:06 127 127
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:24 91 91
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:35 94 94
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:54 101 101
MK76 04:53 04:50 98 98
Umpire 04:54 04:15 86 86
Honggui 04:54 05:13 106 106
Squallaby 05:09 04:37 89 89
Liari 05:09 04:23 85 85
neilr neilr 05:10 05:00 96 96
annbrew 05:11 04:55 94 94
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:08 79 79
andy_knott 05:13 04:56 94 94
footballblue 05:17 06:14 117 117
Aly Duncan 05:21 05:01 93 93
esmeralda 05:23 07:01 130 130
fshephe 05:25 05:52 108 108
ChuckB 05:26 05:53 108 108
jimpen 05:26 05:02 92 92
george.plumbly 05:28 04:24 80 80
KET 05:29 04:35 83 83
MossDef 05:30 04:27 80 80
Eddddddd 05:34 06:46 121 121
Finzi 05:39 05:40 100 100
Looch 05:48 05:34 95 95
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:19 107 107
cath23 05:52 06:03 103 103
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 06:59 118 118
cmcnsmith 05:56 06:22 107 107
Carol 05:56 06:19 106 106
McBeak McBeak 06:00 06:59 116 116
Crossiant 06:01 07:02 116 116
DunPangolin 06:03 05:59 98 98
Rosron 06:07 07:41 125 125
GMcD 06:08 05:55 96 96
martinphillips 06:09 08:15 134 134
Curarist 06:12 07:14 116 116
jimwetzler 06:16 06:10 98 98
robinh 06:19 06:09 97 97
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 08:10 127 127
Aloysius 06:28 07:16 112 112
uvofiz 06:30 05:39 86 86
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:00 107 107
jon 06:42 05:35 83 83
alastair52 06:43 06:39 99 99
maisiemae 06:45 06:39 98 98
Puzzleplease 06:46 04:27 65 65
DianeRS 06:46 05:08 75 75
endafk 06:48 08:13 120 120
FraserH 06:56 06:35 94 94
Bobby D 06:58 04:49 69 69
ratterz 07:00 08:15 117 117
barracuda barracuda 07:08 06:38 92 92
vefatica vefatica 07:46 06:52 88 88
TomHerbert 07:52 08:10 103 103
home.bright 08:04 07:28 92 92
goblin 08:21 08:01 96 96

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.