Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2351

Date 14 March 2023
Number 2351
Setter Izetti
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 96
Count of ref solvers 71
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2351

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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 02:07 96 100
Paul Gilbert 02:28 03:00 121 126
Jason 02:32 02:08 84 87
mauefw 02:34 02:18 89 92
verlaine 02:36 02:29 95 98
hilarym 02:43 02:46 101 105
cmjhutton 02:44 02:25 88 91
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:35 91 94
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:13 72 75
Winchelt618 03:35 03:35 100 104
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:01 83 86
richard 03:39 03:44 102 106
markdobell 03:50 03:49 99 103
Heyesey 03:52 03:19 85 88
glheard 04:02 04:48 119 123
Strober 04:04 03:17 80 83
lickert 04:11 03:32 84 87
chindit 04:13 03:04 72 75
AlanS 04:19 04:31 104 108
tilbee 04:21 03:50 88 91
MikeOsborne 04:21 05:09 118 122
Roscoe 04:26 05:06 115 119
lucyg43484 04:30 04:20 96 100
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:46 103 107
scrabbler 04:39 04:53 105 109
andrewlake 04:44 04:11 88 91
canismiser 04:45 04:20 91 94
wwalker50 04:45 05:30 115 119
andy 04:46 04:36 96 100
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:26 93 96
March 04:46 05:26 113 117
alexh 04:47 04:40 97 101
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:24 91 94
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:14 87 90
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:16 88 91
Umpire 04:54 04:29 91 94
Zander 05:02 03:59 79 82
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:28 87 90
neilr neilr 05:10 04:54 94 97
annbrew 05:11 05:07 98 102
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:15 81 84
andy_knott 05:13 05:04 97 101
footballblue 05:17 04:32 85 88
Aly Duncan 05:21 04:07 76 79
esmeralda 05:23 04:42 87 90
fshephe 05:25 05:23 99 103
ChuckB 05:26 05:28 100 104
jimpen 05:26 05:41 104 108
george.plumbly 05:28 05:05 92 95
MossDef 05:30 05:49 105 109
Rabbitoh 05:32 03:58 71 73
AndyR 05:36 05:55 105 109
Finzi 05:39 05:32 97 101
Looch 05:48 04:20 74 77
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:14 89 92
cath23 05:52 06:12 105 109
Tommo87 05:53 06:22 108 112
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 05:59 101 105
Carol 05:56 05:34 93 96
GeorgeTz 05:56 05:12 87 90
McBeak McBeak 06:00 06:16 104 108
nigel 06:00 06:14 103 107
Colin2355 06:02 05:48 96 100
DunPangolin 06:03 06:18 104 108
PGooden 06:03 05:58 98 102
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 06:47 111 115
Rosron 06:07 06:09 100 104
GMcD 06:08 05:09 83 86
earlylight 06:09 04:10 67 69
Curarist 06:12 06:04 97 101
jimwetzler 06:16 05:19 84 87
James P 06:18 05:59 94 97
robinh 06:19 07:00 110 114
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 06:51 107 111
Aloysius 06:28 06:08 94 97
uvofiz 06:30 05:31 84 87
julian_w 06:34 06:13 94 97
Gussie 06:35 06:12 94 97
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 05:37 84 87
Edprof 06:49 06:16 91 94
FraserH 06:56 06:37 95 98
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:52 98 102
ulaca ulaca 06:57 07:02 101 105
martinede 07:15 06:42 92 95
gsriordan52 07:20 06:59 95 98
crosswordian 07:46 07:01 90 93
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 06:22 80 83

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.