Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2358

Date 23 March 2023
Number 2358
Setter Wurm
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 111
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2358

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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 02:40 122 109
Paul Gilbert 02:28 03:21 135 121
Jason 02:32 03:04 121 109
verlaine 02:36 02:51 109 98
hilarym 02:43 02:36 95 85
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:24 85 76
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:35 84 75
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 02:29 68 61
richard 03:39 04:26 121 109
markdobell 03:50 03:47 98 88
lickert 04:11 06:12 148 133
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:37 85 76
AlanS 04:19 04:09 96 86
MikeOsborne 04:21 06:02 138 124
tilbee 04:21 05:32 127 114
tiggis 04:29 05:12 115 103
lucyg43484 04:30 05:57 132 118
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:14 92 82
andrewlake 04:44 04:25 93 83
wwalker50 04:45 04:18 90 81
canismiser 04:45 05:56 124 111
andy 04:46 03:54 81 72
March 04:46 06:20 132 118
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:22 112 100
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:25 91 81
Ease This Jam 04:50 07:07 147 132
Umpire 04:54 07:24 151 136
Honggui 04:54 06:08 125 112
Pompeydave 05:04 04:18 84 75
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 08:02 158 142
Liari 05:09 05:29 106 95
Squallaby 05:09 04:52 94 84
neilr neilr 05:10 05:29 106 95
annbrew 05:11 08:07 156 140
andy_knott 05:13 05:50 111 100
footballblue 05:17 06:51 129 116
Aly Duncan 05:21 04:19 80 72
esmeralda 05:23 07:45 143 128
fshephe 05:25 04:48 88 79
george.plumbly 05:28 08:18 151 136
mw7000 05:29 06:15 113 101
admin 05:31 04:41 84 75
Rabbitoh 05:32 08:16 149 134
Eddddddd 05:34 05:05 91 81
Finzi 05:39 05:00 88 79
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 07:15 127 114
Shabbo 05:46 04:11 72 64
Looch 05:48 06:09 106 95
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:10 105 94
Tommo87 05:53 03:31 59 53
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 06:45 114 102
Carol 05:56 07:30 126 113
Mark Three 05:58 05:08 86 77
nigel 06:00 05:58 99 89
Colin2355 06:02 07:15 120 108
DunPangolin 06:03 08:39 142 127
Tudds 06:05 06:21 104 93
Rosron 06:07 07:22 120 108
GMcD 06:08 06:06 99 89
earlylight 06:09 06:58 113 101
Curarist 06:12 06:37 106 95
jimwetzler 06:16 06:52 109 98
ilan 06:17 07:04 112 100
IreneC 06:19 06:53 108 97
uvofiz 06:30 07:05 108 97
julian_w 06:34 06:09 93 83
jon 06:42 07:10 106 95
DrBill 06:42 05:52 87 78
John Arnold 06:44 05:24 80 72
maisiemae 06:45 08:02 119 107
Edprof 06:49 07:42 112 100
jjspomeroy 06:54 08:06 117 105
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:58 100 90
ratterz 07:00 07:28 106 95
benedick 07:04 08:02 113 101
barracuda barracuda 07:08 04:59 69 62
martinede 07:15 04:18 59 53
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 08:10 112 100
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 08:14 108 97
frost 07:51 05:59 76 68
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 07:30 95 85
jaraab 07:54 08:21 105 94
Laputan 08:18 08:20 100 90
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 08:34 96 86
suethepotterer 09:07 07:44 84 75
edwards.robert1 09:41 07:49 80 72

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.