Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2366

Date 04 April 2023
Number 2366
Setter Mara
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 109
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2366

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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
Jason 02:32 02:44 107 98
verlaine 02:36 02:30 96 88
mistigris 02:40 02:35 96 88
hilarym 02:43 02:35 95 87
cmjhutton 02:44 03:31 128 117
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:48 99 90
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:49 91 83
richard 03:39 04:43 129 118
markdobell 03:50 03:49 99 90
Heyesey 03:52 03:00 77 70
lickert 04:11 03:58 94 86
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:50 114 104
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:35 82 75
tilbee 04:21 05:20 122 111
tiggis 04:29 04:44 105 96
lucyg43484 04:30 04:35 101 92
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 06:11 134 122
scrabbler 04:39 05:32 118 108
andrewlake 04:44 03:32 74 67
canismiser 04:45 04:50 101 92
andy 04:46 04:01 84 77
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:38 97 88
alexh 04:47 04:45 99 90
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:09 86 78
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:49 99 90
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:12 86 78
MK76 04:53 06:26 131 120
Umpire 04:54 02:39 54 49
michaelbell53 04:58 05:57 119 109
Zander 05:02 05:31 109 100
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:44 93 85
Liari 05:09 06:34 127 116
neilr neilr 05:10 06:16 121 111
annbrew 05:11 08:58 172 157
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:08 98 89
daulbs 05:26 07:36 139 127
jimpen 05:26 07:11 132 121
george.plumbly 05:28 05:25 99 90
KET 05:29 05:00 91 83
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:58 107 98
Eddddddd 05:34 04:35 82 75
AndyR 05:36 05:10 92 84
Finzi 05:39 05:55 104 95
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 05:43 100 91
Looch 05:48 06:47 116 106
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 05:51 99 90
cath23 05:52 05:54 100 91
Carol 05:56 05:19 89 81
Crossiant 06:01 06:18 104 95
DunPangolin 06:03 07:53 130 119
Tudds 06:05 07:02 115 105
Rosron 06:07 06:32 106 97
GMcD 06:08 06:03 98 89
martinphillips 06:09 06:49 110 100
jimwetzler 06:16 07:03 112 102
robinh 06:19 07:12 113 103
IreneC 06:19 05:29 86 78
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 07:10 111 101
Aloysius 06:28 07:00 108 99
uvofiz 06:30 07:03 108 99
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:02 107 98
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 07:46 117 107
KenD51 06:42 06:46 100 91
alastair52 06:43 07:56 118 108
John Arnold 06:44 08:19 123 112
DianeRS 06:46 08:16 122 111
plett11 Plett11 06:48 08:03 118 108
timbo 06:51 07:27 108 99
FraserH 06:56 08:47 126 115
ratterz 07:00 08:58 128 117
benedick 07:04 06:31 92 84
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:39 107 98
m5harp 07:15 07:51 108 99
gsriordan52 07:20 08:23 114 104
Cuppa378 07:32 08:44 115 105
AndyLast 07:35 08:08 107 98
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 08:47 115 105
FelicityTT 07:42 07:20 95 87
crosswordian 07:46 08:32 109 100
vefatica vefatica 07:46 08:33 110 100
TomHerbert 07:52 07:45 98 89
mattindoha 07:57 07:10 90 82
edwards.robert1 09:41 08:44 90 82

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.