Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2363

Date 30 March 2023
Number 2363
Setter Trelawney
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 79
Count of ref solvers 72
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2363

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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 01:34 71 89
Paul Gilbert 02:28 01:30 60 75
Jason 02:32 02:00 78 98
verlaine 02:36 02:33 98 124
mistigris 02:40 02:33 95 120
hilarym 02:43 02:21 86 108
cmjhutton 02:44 02:07 77 97
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:32 89 112
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:03 66 83
richard 03:39 03:14 88 111
markdobell 03:50 03:23 88 111
glheard 04:02 04:29 111 140
lickert 04:11 02:57 70 88
chindit 04:13 03:14 76 96
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:31 83 105
AlanS 04:19 03:15 75 94
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:50 88 111
tilbee 04:21 03:28 79 100
lucyg43484 04:30 03:23 75 94
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:27 75 94
John Walsh 04:37 04:18 93 117
scrabbler 04:39 04:14 91 115
andrewlake 04:44 03:06 65 82
canismiser 04:45 03:35 75 94
wwalker50 04:45 04:27 93 117
andy 04:46 03:20 69 87
March 04:46 03:39 76 96
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 03:26 72 91
alexh 04:47 04:32 94 118
denislaw 04:47 04:18 89 112
Ed freshpot 04:50 03:46 77 97
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:00 82 103
MK76 04:53 03:02 62 78
Umpire 04:54 05:12 106 134
Honggui 04:54 03:18 67 84
Zander 05:02 05:22 106 134
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:12 102 129
Liari 05:09 04:33 88 111
Squallaby 05:09 04:33 88 111
neilr neilr 05:10 04:31 87 110
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:02 77 97
andy_knott 05:13 04:23 84 106
footballblue 05:17 04:44 89 112
Aly Duncan 05:21 03:29 65 82
esmeralda 05:23 05:03 93 117
fshephe 05:25 04:02 74 93
ChuckB 05:26 05:21 98 124
jimpen 05:26 03:52 71 89
george.plumbly 05:28 03:27 63 79
KET 05:29 03:13 58 73
MossDef 05:30 04:13 76 96
Rabbitoh 05:32 04:23 79 100
AndyR 05:36 04:16 76 96
Finzi 05:39 04:10 73 92
Shabbo 05:46 04:39 80 101
Looch 05:48 04:45 81 102
squark 05:50 04:47 82 103
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 05:05 86 108
Tommo87 05:53 04:27 75 94
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 05:08 87 110
Carol 05:56 04:45 80 101
Crossiant 06:01 04:50 80 101
Colin2355 06:02 05:17 87 110
DunPangolin 06:03 04:23 72 91
Tudds 06:05 04:44 77 97
Rosron 06:07 03:26 56 70
jimwetzler 06:16 04:08 65 82
James P 06:18 04:38 73 92
robinh 06:19 04:27 70 88
JMbrow29 06:19 04:53 77 97
Michael Dove 06:23 04:51 75 94
uvofiz 06:30 04:37 71 89
jon 06:42 05:23 80 101
alastair52 06:43 05:08 76 96
1234 06:48 05:23 79 100
plett11 Plett11 06:48 04:43 69 87
Edprof 06:49 04:34 66 83
Claverton74 06:56 05:02 72 91
ratterz 07:00 05:06 72 91
benedick 07:04 04:56 69 87
barracuda barracuda 07:08 04:55 68 86
gsriordan52 07:20 05:20 72 91
Sheen 07:21 05:11 70 88
Dr_Bob 07:24 05:14 70 88
TomHerbert 07:52 05:14 66 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.