Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2346

Date 07 March 2023
Number 2346
Setter Teazel
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 116
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2346

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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 02:06 96 82
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:58 120 103
verlaine 02:36 03:39 140 120
mistigris 02:40 02:41 100 86
cmjhutton 02:44 04:13 154 132
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:58 105 90
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:14 105 90
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:42 129 111
richard 03:39 04:44 129 111
markdobell 03:50 04:22 113 97
glheard 04:02 06:10 152 131
Strober 04:04 03:50 94 81
lickert 04:11 03:56 94 81
chindit 04:13 03:55 92 79
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:27 105 90
chriswords 04:14 04:34 107 92
AlanS 04:19 04:42 108 93
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:56 90 77
tilbee 04:21 03:53 89 76
lucyg43484 04:30 05:58 132 113
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:24 95 81
d.middleton 04:39 04:35 98 84
scrabbler 04:39 05:41 122 105
andrewlake 04:44 07:10 151 130
canismiser 04:45 06:37 139 119
March 04:46 04:08 86 74
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:54 102 87
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 06:54 143 123
Ed freshpot 04:50 06:20 131 112
Ease This Jam 04:50 05:02 104 89
MK76 04:53 04:17 87 75
Honggui 04:54 08:41 177 152
Zander 05:02 05:57 118 101
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:42 92 79
Squallaby 05:09 04:30 87 75
neilr neilr 05:10 04:57 95 81
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:48 111 95
andy_knott 05:13 06:07 117 100
Penfold_61 05:18 05:19 100 86
esmeralda 05:23 06:37 122 105
fshephe 05:25 06:19 116 100
george.plumbly 05:28 04:21 79 68
Rabbitoh 05:32 06:42 121 104
Eddddddd 05:34 07:04 126 108
Finzi 05:39 05:33 98 84
Shabbo 05:46 06:29 112 96
squark 05:50 07:37 130 112
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:44 98 84
cath23 05:52 06:23 108 93
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 09:06 154 132
Carol 05:56 07:10 120 103
McBeak McBeak 06:00 09:07 151 130
Crossiant 06:01 06:13 103 88
Colin2355 06:02 05:04 83 71
DunPangolin 06:03 06:55 114 98
PGooden 06:03 08:33 141 121
Tudds 06:05 07:18 120 103
GMcD 06:08 08:32 139 119
earlylight 06:09 06:15 101 87
rhi.andrew 06:10 08:29 137 118
Curarist 06:12 07:42 124 106
robinh 06:19 05:58 94 81
uvofiz 06:30 07:40 117 100
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 07:09 108 93
jon 06:42 07:51 117 100
DrBill 06:42 07:27 111 95
John Arnold 06:44 08:04 119 102
DianeRS 06:46 08:58 132 113
endafk 06:48 07:26 109 93
1234 06:48 08:13 120 103
Edprof 06:49 07:45 113 97
FraserH 06:56 08:20 120 103
ChrisBrea 06:57 09:25 135 116
Bobby D 06:58 06:47 97 83
benedick 07:04 08:14 116 100
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:20 102 87
kath 07:10 07:01 97 83
m5harp 07:15 07:01 96 82
martinede 07:15 07:43 106 91
gsriordan52 07:20 09:17 126 108
Sheen 07:21 08:27 114 98
Andrew Whiffin 07:25 07:08 96 82
crosswordian 07:46 07:35 97 83
TomHerbert 07:52 09:03 115 99
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 07:53 100 86
jaraab 07:54 07:29 94 81
branch branch 08:11 07:47 95 81
goblin 08:21 07:50 93 80

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.