Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2344

Date 03 March 2023
Number 2344
Setter Pedro
Day of week Friday
NITCH 110
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2344

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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 01:53 86 78
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:21 95 86
Jason 02:32 02:16 89 80
verlaine 02:36 02:57 113 102
mistigris 02:40 02:52 107 97
hilarym 02:43 03:29 128 116
cmjhutton 02:44 03:04 112 101
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:05 109 99
Flimmy flammy 03:04 04:28 145 131
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:19 118 107
richard 03:39 04:16 116 105
markdobell 03:50 04:35 119 108
Heyesey 03:52 03:30 90 81
glheard 04:02 04:16 105 95
Strober 04:04 04:28 109 99
lickert 04:11 04:04 97 88
chindit 04:13 04:10 98 89
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:27 128 116
MikeOsborne 04:21 05:00 114 103
Roscoe 04:26 04:38 104 94
tiggis 04:29 04:30 100 90
lucyg43484 04:30 06:24 142 129
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:52 105 95
John Walsh 04:37 04:34 98 89
scrabbler 04:39 04:58 106 96
andrewlake 04:44 06:43 141 128
canismiser 04:45 05:29 115 104
andy 04:46 04:57 103 93
March 04:46 04:31 94 85
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:35 96 87
alexh 04:47 06:26 134 121
Dofray 04:48 05:40 118 107
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:05 105 95
Ed freshpot 04:50 03:56 81 73
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:52 100 90
MK76 04:53 05:32 113 102
Honggui 04:54 05:28 111 100
Umpire 04:54 07:01 143 130
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:19 104 94
Squallaby 05:09 05:19 103 93
neilr neilr 05:10 05:25 104 94
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:42 90 81
Aly Duncan 05:21 07:20 137 124
esmeralda 05:23 06:15 116 105
fshephe 05:25 07:13 133 120
jimpen 05:26 05:40 104 94
Spanna 05:27 06:22 116 105
george.plumbly 05:28 06:20 115 104
Dekkers 05:31 07:01 127 115
Rabbitoh 05:32 04:54 88 80
Finzi 05:39 06:48 120 109
Shabbo 05:46 06:48 117 106
Looch 05:48 06:23 110 100
cath23 05:52 07:08 121 110
Tommo87 05:53 06:05 103 93
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 07:26 125 113
Carol 05:56 06:33 110 100
Mark Three 05:58 07:42 129 117
Crossiant 06:01 05:07 85 77
DunPangolin 06:03 06:14 103 93
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 07:00 115 104
GMcD 06:08 04:52 79 71
earlylight 06:09 05:44 93 84
jimwetzler 06:16 07:07 113 102
James P 06:18 07:05 112 101
robinh 06:19 07:14 114 103
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 08:23 130 118
uvofiz 06:30 07:14 111 100
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:00 107 97
KenD51 06:42 07:29 111 100
maisiemae 06:45 06:55 102 92
DianeRS 06:46 05:34 82 74
Puzzleplease 06:46 07:56 117 106
endafk 06:48 07:39 112 101
raincloud 06:49 07:55 116 105
jjspomeroy 06:54 08:41 125 113
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 07:40 110 100
FraserH 06:56 08:33 123 111
ulaca ulaca 06:57 08:38 124 112
benedick 07:04 08:00 113 102
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:30 105 95
martinede 07:15 06:35 90 81
m5harp 07:15 08:23 115 104
luxtonj61 07:21 08:30 115 104
Sheen 07:21 07:25 100 90
dec 07:26 05:55 79 71
mattindoha 07:57 07:59 100 90

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.