Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2369

Date 07 April 2023
Number 2369
Setter Pedro
Day of week Friday
NITCH 118
Count of ref solvers 73
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2369

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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 02:46 126 106
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:46 112 94
verlaine 02:36 02:41 103 87
mistigris 02:40 03:26 128 108
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:17 116 98
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:12 104 88
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:55 107 90
richard 03:39 04:18 117 99
markdobell 03:50 04:09 108 91
glheard 04:02 03:51 95 80
lickert 04:11 03:50 91 77
chindit 04:13 05:02 119 100
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:35 108 91
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:17 98 83
tilbee 04:21 04:28 102 86
tiggis 04:29 04:55 109 92
lucyg43484 04:30 03:34 79 66
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:47 125 105
scrabbler 04:39 04:47 102 86
andrewlake 04:44 06:01 127 107
canismiser 04:45 04:23 92 77
andy 04:46 04:22 91 77
March 04:46 06:04 127 107
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 06:49 143 121
alexh 04:47 04:45 99 83
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:47 99 83
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:24 91 77
Ease This Jam 04:50 03:52 80 67
Umpire 04:54 05:39 115 97
Zander 05:02 06:44 133 112
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:09 101 85
Squallaby 05:09 06:10 119 100
Liari 05:09 06:01 116 98
neilr neilr 05:10 06:15 120 101
footballblue 05:17 05:44 108 91
Aly Duncan 05:21 05:33 103 87
fshephe 05:25 07:01 129 109
daulbs 05:26 06:45 124 105
jimpen 05:26 07:14 133 112
george.plumbly 05:28 05:26 99 83
mw7000 05:29 07:22 134 113
MossDef 05:30 06:05 110 93
Rabbitoh 05:32 07:31 135 114
AndyR 05:36 06:06 108 91
Finzi 05:39 06:27 114 96
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 09:31 167 141
Shabbo 05:46 05:54 102 86
Looch 05:48 08:31 146 123
cath23 05:52 08:15 140 118
Carol 05:56 08:58 151 127
Mark Three 05:58 05:42 95 80
McBeak McBeak 06:00 10:05 168 142
Crossiant 06:01 06:43 111 94
Colin2355 06:02 06:01 99 83
DunPangolin 06:03 08:23 138 116
Tudds 06:05 08:18 136 115
Rosron 06:07 08:47 143 121
GMcD 06:08 05:55 96 81
earlylight 06:09 08:35 139 117
jimwetzler 06:16 06:37 105 88
James P 06:18 08:23 133 112
robinh 06:19 05:17 83 70
IreneC 06:19 06:53 108 91
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 07:40 119 100
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 07:43 120 101
uvofiz 06:30 08:00 123 104
KenD51 06:42 08:36 128 108
jon 06:42 08:20 124 105
DrBill 06:42 06:59 104 88
alastair52 06:43 07:49 116 98
Riche Riche 06:43 07:18 108 91
John Arnold 06:44 08:01 119 100
Puzzleplease 06:46 08:41 128 108
DianeRS 06:46 08:48 130 110
endafk 06:48 07:51 115 97
Edprof 06:49 08:43 127 107
FraserH 06:56 09:55 143 121
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 08:29 122 103
ulaca ulaca 06:57 06:17 90 76
benedick 07:04 07:23 104 88
barracuda barracuda 07:08 08:21 117 99
hookyt 07:13 06:56 96 81
crosswordian 07:46 08:19 107 90
TomHerbert 07:52 09:54 125 105
TonyN6 07:59 09:44 121 102
goblin 08:21 09:35 114 96
jackk.larg 08:27 09:03 107 90
iholloway 08:28 10:00 118 100

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.