Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2368

Date 06 April 2023
Number 2368
Setter Izetti
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 105
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2368

* 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 02:16 103 98
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:31 102 97
verlaine 02:36 02:35 99 94
mistigris 02:40 02:11 81 77
hilarym 02:43 02:47 102 97
cmjhutton 02:44 03:09 115 109
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:14 114 108
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:35 84 80
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 02:47 76 72
richard 03:39 02:55 79 75
markdobell 03:50 04:12 109 103
glheard 04:02 03:47 93 88
lickert 04:11 04:13 100 95
chindit 04:13 04:54 116 110
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:08 97 92
chriswords 04:14 04:41 110 104
AlanS 04:19 04:31 104 99
MikeOsborne 04:21 05:03 116 110
lucyg43484 04:30 03:27 76 72
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:13 91 86
scrabbler 04:39 04:26 95 90
andrewlake 04:44 04:51 102 97
canismiser 04:45 08:10 171 162
andy 04:46 03:48 79 75
March 04:46 03:05 64 60
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:37 96 91
alexh 04:47 04:00 83 79
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:41 96 91
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:37 95 90
MK76 04:53 05:26 111 105
Umpire 04:54 05:42 116 110
Honggui 04:54 04:47 97 92
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 03:42 72 68
Liari 05:09 06:15 121 115
neilr neilr 05:10 04:23 84 80
Tibthorpe 05:12 06:27 124 118
esmeralda 05:23 06:13 115 109
fshephe 05:25 05:28 100 95
ChuckB 05:26 05:35 102 97
daulbs 05:26 08:58 165 157
Spanna 05:27 04:29 82 78
george.plumbly 05:28 07:01 128 121
jdrubin 05:29 05:36 102 97
AndyR 05:36 05:31 98 93
Finzi 05:39 05:58 105 100
Shabbo 05:46 05:34 96 91
Looch 05:48 06:03 104 99
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:51 100 95
cath23 05:52 05:59 101 96
Tommo87 05:53 08:58 152 144
Carol 05:56 08:24 141 134
Crossiant 06:01 06:12 103 98
DunPangolin 06:03 05:04 83 79
Tudds 06:05 07:54 129 122
Rosron 06:07 05:50 95 90
GMcD 06:08 05:56 96 91
Curarist 06:12 07:10 115 109
ilan 06:17 06:13 98 93
James P 06:18 07:24 117 111
robinh 06:19 05:41 89 84
IreneC 06:19 08:54 140 133
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 07:16 113 107
Aloysius 06:28 08:44 135 128
uvofiz 06:30 07:22 113 107
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:57 121 115
julian_w 06:34 06:57 105 100
Nangle 06:41 06:31 97 92
JeffHobbs 06:42 07:29 111 105
Riche Riche 06:43 06:50 101 96
John Arnold 06:44 08:56 132 125
Puzzleplease 06:46 08:15 121 115
Edprof 06:49 07:35 111 105
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 07:38 110 104
FraserH 06:56 07:18 105 100
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:42 96 91
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:45 97 92
Bobby D 06:58 08:38 123 117
ratterz 07:00 08:39 123 117
benedick 07:04 07:09 101 96
gsriordan52 07:20 06:21 86 81
Sheen 07:21 08:11 111 105
Cuppa378 07:32 08:44 115 109
crosswordian 07:46 07:19 94 89
TomHerbert 07:52 08:44 111 105
jaraab 07:54 07:55 100 95
TonyN6 07:59 06:52 86 81
goblin 08:21 08:25 100 95
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 08:53 100 95

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.