Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2371

Date 11 April 2023
Number 2371
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 126
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2371

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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
Paul Gilbert 02:28 03:59 161 127
verlaine 02:36 02:49 108 85
mistigris 02:40 03:46 141 111
hilarym 02:43 03:29 128 101
cmjhutton 02:44 03:33 129 102
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 04:43 167 132
Flimmy flammy 03:04 04:10 135 107
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:02 111 88
richard 03:39 06:10 168 133
markdobell 03:50 04:36 120 95
Heyesey 03:52 10:32 272 215
glheard 04:02 05:30 136 107
lickert 04:11 05:39 135 107
chindit 04:13 05:06 120 95
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:13 99 78
AlanS 04:19 04:35 106 84
MikeOsborne 04:21 07:18 167 132
tilbee 04:21 04:49 110 87
tiggis 04:29 04:14 94 74
lucyg43484 04:30 05:24 120 95
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:44 124 98
John Walsh 04:37 04:53 105 83
scrabbler 04:39 05:16 113 89
andrewlake 04:44 04:30 95 75
canismiser 04:45 05:40 119 94
andy 04:46 07:43 161 127
March 04:46 05:49 122 96
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:43 119 94
alexh 04:47 05:56 124 98
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:47 120 95
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:49 120 95
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:53 101 80
MK76 04:53 04:30 92 73
Umpire 04:54 06:55 141 111
Zander 05:02 06:34 130 103
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 08:16 162 128
Squallaby 05:09 05:54 114 90
Liari 05:09 05:56 115 91
annbrew 05:11 06:23 123 97
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:17 101 80
footballblue 05:17 06:35 124 98
Aly Duncan 05:21 08:44 163 129
esmeralda 05:23 08:40 160 126
fshephe 05:25 06:53 127 100
george.plumbly 05:28 05:46 105 83
admin 05:31 02:09 38 30
Eddddddd 05:34 07:57 142 112
AndyR 05:36 07:11 128 101
Finzi 05:39 05:45 101 80
Shabbo 05:46 07:42 133 105
Looch 05:48 06:34 113 89
cath23 05:52 07:04 120 95
Carol 05:56 08:08 137 108
Mark Three 05:58 09:01 151 119
nigel 06:00 07:54 131 103
Crossiant 06:01 09:51 163 129
Colin2355 06:02 07:45 128 101
DunPangolin 06:03 06:38 109 86
Tudds 06:05 06:13 102 80
Rosron 06:07 07:44 126 100
GMcD 06:08 07:43 125 99
earlylight 06:09 09:09 148 117
Curarist 06:12 05:46 93 73
James P 06:18 08:07 128 101
robinh 06:19 05:52 92 73
IreneC 06:19 09:03 143 113
Dvynys Dvynys 06:37 09:00 136 107
jon 06:42 07:19 109 86
John Arnold 06:44 09:10 136 107
Puzzleplease 06:46 08:51 130 103
DianeRS 06:46 10:32 155 123
1234 06:48 07:50 115 91
Edprof 06:49 09:27 138 109
Viscomte 06:51 09:42 141 111
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 10:22 149 118
FraserH 06:56 09:45 140 111
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 07:37 109 86
ChrisBrea 06:57 07:28 107 84
ulaca ulaca 06:57 09:27 135 107
Bobby D 06:58 10:18 147 116
Yatton50 07:02 07:28 106 84
benedick 07:04 08:12 116 92
gsriordan52 07:20 08:36 117 92
Sheen 07:21 09:28 128 101
luxtonj61 07:21 09:51 134 106
dec 07:26 10:40 143 113
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 08:53 116 92
frost 07:51 10:12 129 102
TomHerbert 07:52 09:59 126 100
goblin 08:21 09:20 111 88
edwards.robert1 09:41 09:53 102 80

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.