Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2367

Date 05 April 2023
Number 2367
Setter Beck
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 86
Count of ref solvers 70
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2367

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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 01:54 87 101
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:02 82 95
Jason 02:32 02:22 93 108
verlaine 02:36 02:16 87 101
mistigris 02:40 02:05 78 90
hilarym 02:43 02:46 101 117
cmjhutton 02:44 02:31 92 106
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 01:52 66 76
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:24 78 90
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:27 94 109
richard 03:39 03:17 89 103
markdobell 03:50 02:45 71 82
Heyesey 03:52 02:46 71 82
glheard 04:02 03:24 84 97
Strober 04:04 03:46 92 106
lickert 04:11 03:02 72 83
chindit 04:13 03:37 85 98
chriswords 04:14 04:08 97 112
AlanS 04:19 03:52 89 103
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:36 82 95
tilbee 04:21 04:25 101 117
tiggis 04:29 05:23 120 139
lucyg43484 04:30 04:26 98 113
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:23 95 110
scrabbler 04:39 04:27 95 110
andrewlake 04:44 03:14 68 79
andy 04:46 04:18 90 104
March 04:46 05:17 110 127
denislaw 04:47 04:00 83 96
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 03:06 64 74
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:03 83 96
Ease This Jam 04:50 03:43 76 88
Umpire 04:54 05:05 103 119
Honggui 04:54 04:00 81 94
Zander 05:02 04:40 92 106
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 03:25 67 77
Squallaby 05:09 04:26 86 100
Liari 05:09 04:02 78 90
neilr neilr 05:10 04:06 79 91
annbrew 05:11 04:26 85 98
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:59 95 110
andy_knott 05:13 04:21 83 96
Penfold_61 05:18 04:37 87 101
fshephe 05:25 04:50 89 103
daulbs 05:26 05:44 105 122
jimpen 05:26 04:43 86 100
george.plumbly 05:28 04:25 80 93
MossDef 05:30 04:01 73 84
Rabbitoh 05:32 03:53 70 81
john.marshall 05:33 05:06 91 105
Finzi 05:39 05:21 94 109
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 04:12 73 84
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:38 96 111
cath23 05:52 03:52 65 75
Tommo87 05:53 05:35 94 109
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 05:38 95 110
Carol 05:56 03:34 60 69
GeorgeTz 05:56 05:45 96 111
Mark Three 05:58 06:08 102 118
Crossiant 06:01 05:09 85 98
DunPangolin 06:03 05:28 90 104
Tudds 06:05 06:00 98 113
GMcD 06:08 05:11 84 97
earlylight 06:09 04:46 77 89
Curarist 06:12 06:19 101 117
jimwetzler 06:16 06:13 99 115
James P 06:18 06:10 97 112
robinh 06:19 05:10 81 94
JMbrow29 06:19 04:00 63 73
andrejpanjkov 06:19 06:25 101 117
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 05:52 91 105
uvofiz 06:30 05:21 82 95
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 06:13 95 110
jon 06:42 05:12 77 89
maisiemae 06:45 06:13 92 106
Puzzleplease 06:46 05:03 74 86
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:18 90 104
ChrisBrea 06:57 05:38 81 94
barracuda barracuda 07:08 05:35 78 90
m5harp 07:15 06:12 85 98
crosswordian 07:46 06:19 81 94
TomHerbert 07:52 06:28 82 95
mattindoha 07:57 06:07 76 88
Laputan 08:18 06:20 76 88
paulwestside 09:37 06:09 63 73

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.