Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2364

Date 31 March 2023
Number 2364
Setter Rongo
Day of week Friday
NITCH 96
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2364

* Requires access to the Times Crossword Club

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 02:26 111 115
Paul Gilbert 02:28 01:55 77 80
Jason 02:32 05:33 219 228
verlaine 02:36 02:32 97 101
mistigris 02:40 02:24 90 93
hilarym 02:43 02:12 80 83
cmjhutton 02:44 02:22 86 89
richard 03:39 02:48 76 79
markdobell 03:50 03:27 90 93
Heyesey 03:52 03:37 93 96
lickert 04:11 03:23 80 83
chindit 04:13 04:12 99 103
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:39 86 89
AlanS 04:19 03:44 86 89
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:12 73 76
lucyg43484 04:30 05:21 118 122
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:11 112 116
John Walsh 04:37 04:43 102 106
scrabbler 04:39 04:25 94 97
andrewlake 04:44 03:31 74 77
canismiser 04:45 04:48 101 105
wwalker50 04:45 06:55 145 151
andy 04:46 04:48 100 104
March 04:46 04:09 87 90
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:47 100 104
alexh 04:47 02:57 61 63
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:38 95 98
Ease This Jam 04:50 03:55 81 84
MK76 04:53 03:53 79 82
Umpire 04:54 04:39 94 97
Honggui 04:54 04:50 98 102
michaelbell53 04:58 05:41 114 118
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:18 104 108
Liari 05:09 06:21 123 128
neilr neilr 05:10 05:41 110 114
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:40 89 92
andy_knott 05:13 06:44 129 134
footballblue 05:17 05:57 112 116
Penfold_61 05:18 05:37 105 109
fishernick79 05:19 04:27 83 86
Aly Duncan 05:21 05:38 105 109
esmeralda 05:23 03:42 68 70
fshephe 05:25 05:07 94 97
daulbs 05:26 03:48 69 71
ChuckB 05:26 05:56 109 113
jimpen 05:26 06:16 115 119
KET 05:29 05:39 103 107
MossDef 05:30 04:48 87 90
Rabbitoh 05:32 04:54 88 91
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 05:27 95 98
Looch 05:48 04:02 69 71
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 04:49 82 85
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 05:30 93 96
cath23 05:52 05:21 91 94
Tommo87 05:53 06:13 105 109
Carol 05:56 06:02 101 105
Mark Three 05:58 06:57 116 120
nigel 06:00 06:39 110 114
Crossiant 06:01 05:03 83 86
Colin2355 06:02 04:51 80 83
DunPangolin 06:03 04:54 80 83
Tudds 06:05 04:59 81 84
earlylight 06:09 05:51 95 98
martinphillips 06:09 06:14 101 105
jimwetzler 06:16 05:23 85 88
James P 06:18 05:54 93 96
robinh 06:19 06:54 109 113
IreneC 06:19 05:08 81 84
JMbrow29 06:19 03:15 51 53
pfalloon 06:30 06:23 98 102
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 05:48 88 91
julian_w 06:34 06:30 98 102
DrBill 06:42 06:33 97 101
Riche Riche 06:43 04:37 68 70
John Arnold 06:44 06:33 97 101
plett11 Plett11 06:48 06:34 96 100
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:14 89 92
ChrisBrea 06:57 05:53 84 87
benedick 07:04 05:32 78 81
goldenpie 07:06 06:43 94 97
barracuda barracuda 07:08 06:55 96 100
luxtonj61 07:21 06:53 93 96
dec 07:26 06:20 85 88
FelicityTT 07:42 05:12 67 69
frost 07:51 06:28 82 85
pauliwan 08:00 06:29 81 84

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.