Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2370

Date 10 April 2023
Number 2370
Setter Breadman
Day of week Monday
NITCH 126
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2370

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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
verlaine 02:36 03:44 143 113
mistigris 02:40 04:05 153 121
cmjhutton 02:44 03:18 120 95
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 04:18 152 120
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:41 87 69
richard 03:39 05:20 146 115
markdobell 03:50 05:27 142 112
glheard 04:02 03:29 86 68
Strober 04:04 03:54 95 75
lickert 04:11 04:48 114 90
chindit 04:13 07:34 179 142
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:42 134 106
AlanS 04:19 05:40 131 103
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:47 86 68
lucyg43484 04:30 04:52 108 85
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 07:17 158 125
d.middleton 04:39 05:58 128 101
andrewlake 04:44 05:47 122 96
wwalker50 04:45 07:06 149 118
andy 04:46 07:41 161 127
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:32 116 92
March 04:46 04:52 102 80
alexh 04:47 06:06 127 100
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:29 114 90
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:04 104 82
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:45 98 77
MK76 04:53 05:53 120 95
Umpire 04:54 04:31 92 73
Honggui 04:54 05:29 111 88
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 06:22 125 99
Squallaby 05:09 05:56 115 91
Liari 05:09 05:09 100 79
neilr neilr 05:10 05:04 98 77
Penfold_61 05:18 06:18 118 93
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:33 122 96
daulbs 05:26 05:42 104 82
jimpen 05:26 06:40 122 96
george.plumbly 05:28 08:17 151 119
mw7000 05:29 07:28 136 107
Rabbitoh 05:32 10:35 191 151
Finzi 05:39 06:55 122 96
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 07:18 128 101
Shabbo 05:46 08:44 151 119
Looch 05:48 07:25 127 100
cath23 05:52 06:05 103 81
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 08:27 143 113
Carol 05:56 07:42 129 102
Mark Three 05:58 04:34 76 60
Crossiant 06:01 07:40 127 100
Colin2355 06:02 08:16 137 108
Rosron 06:07 09:16 151 119
GMcD 06:08 08:34 139 110
earlylight 06:09 10:24 169 134
Curarist 06:12 05:51 94 74
ilan 06:17 07:13 114 90
James P 06:18 07:52 124 98
JMbrow29 06:19 07:20 116 92
IreneC 06:19 08:21 132 104
Michael Dove 06:23 08:05 126 100
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 03:46 58 46
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 09:33 148 117
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 07:56 122 96
uvofiz 06:30 07:09 110 87
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 06:11 94 74
julian_w 06:34 08:29 129 102
John Arnold 06:44 08:29 125 99
maisiemae 06:45 08:23 124 98
endafk 06:48 10:26 153 121
1234 06:48 10:11 149 118
timbo 06:51 09:49 143 113
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 09:05 130 103
Bobby D 06:58 07:50 112 88
ratterz 07:00 08:22 119 94
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:27 104 82
kath 07:10 10:36 147 116
m5harp 07:15 06:15 86 68
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 09:01 123 97
luxtonj61 07:21 09:13 125 99
Andrew Whiffin 07:25 08:31 114 90
TomHerbert 07:52 08:16 105 83
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 08:42 110 87
mattindoha 07:57 10:24 130 103
Laputan 08:18 09:59 120 95
nigelmzzz 08:44 09:58 114 90
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 06:17 70 55
edwards.robert1 09:41 09:29 97 76

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.