Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2380

Date 24 April 2023
Number 2380
Setter Teazel
Day of week Monday
NITCH 107
Count of ref solvers 72
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2380

* 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 02:40 122 114
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:06 85 79
Jason 02:32 02:21 92 85
verlaine 02:36 02:40 102 95
mistigris 02:40 03:08 117 109
hilarym 02:43 02:33 93 86
cmjhutton 02:44 03:28 126 117
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 04:12 149 139
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:06 101 94
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:50 105 98
richard 03:39 03:12 87 81
markdobell 03:50 05:04 132 123
glheard 04:02 05:28 135 126
lickert 04:11 03:56 94 87
chindit 04:13 04:32 107 100
AlanS 04:19 04:05 94 87
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:18 75 70
tilbee 04:21 04:15 97 90
tiggis 04:29 04:02 89 83
trux 04:29 04:44 105 98
lucyg43484 04:30 04:18 95 88
Jim Willis 04:38 04:16 92 85
d.middleton 04:39 04:52 104 97
scrabbler 04:39 04:02 86 80
andrewlake 04:44 05:19 112 104
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 06:07 128 119
alexh 04:47 05:52 122 114
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:54 122 114
Ease This Jam 04:50 08:19 172 160
MK76 04:53 05:11 106 99
Honggui 04:54 04:46 97 90
Umpire 04:54 08:15 168 157
Zander 05:02 05:45 114 106
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:45 93 86
Squallaby 05:09 04:24 85 79
annbrew 05:11 06:08 118 110
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:10 99 92
andy_knott 05:13 05:41 108 100
Penfold_61 05:18 06:32 123 114
esmeralda 05:23 05:51 108 100
fshephe 05:25 04:59 92 85
daulbs 05:26 05:07 94 87
ChuckB 05:26 04:35 84 78
jimpen 05:26 04:38 85 79
george.plumbly 05:28 05:18 96 89
Rabbitoh 05:32 06:39 120 112
AndyR 05:36 05:19 94 87
Finzi 05:39 06:07 108 100
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 05:54 103 96
Shabbo 05:46 06:01 104 97
Looch 05:48 06:28 111 103
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:11 105 98
cath23 05:52 06:40 113 105
Mark Three 05:58 03:16 54 50
Crossiant 06:01 08:22 139 129
DunPangolin 06:03 08:32 141 131
PGooden 06:03 06:28 106 99
Tudds 06:05 06:44 110 102
GMcD 06:08 05:23 87 81
earlylight 06:09 06:02 98 91
martinphillips 06:09 07:36 123 114
ilan 06:17 08:03 128 119
robinh 06:19 06:18 99 92
JMbrow29 06:19 07:07 112 104
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 07:42 120 112
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 08:40 135 126
Aloysius 06:28 04:29 69 64
uvofiz 06:30 04:28 68 63
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:05 108 100
Gussie 06:35 06:52 104 97
robertbridge 06:38 07:38 115 107
Nangle 06:41 08:03 120 112
jon 06:42 05:38 84 78
alastair52 06:43 07:40 114 106
maisiemae 06:45 07:44 114 106
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:44 99 92
DianeRS 06:46 06:53 101 94
1234 06:48 07:34 111 103
timbo 06:51 08:44 127 118
ChrisBrea 06:57 07:50 112 104
goldenpie 07:06 08:38 121 113
barracuda barracuda 07:08 07:24 103 96
m5harp 07:15 08:19 114 106
martinede 07:15 08:39 119 111
gsriordan52 07:20 06:46 92 85
TomHerbert 07:52 08:16 105 98
goblin 08:21 07:42 92 85
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 09:39 08:39 89 83
ifincham2 11:32 08:45 75 70

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.