Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2381

Date 25 April 2023
Number 2381
Setter Mara
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 95
Count of ref solvers 74
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2381

* 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 01:33 70 73
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:18 93 97
Jason 02:32 02:54 114 120
verlaine 02:36 02:00 76 80
mistigris 02:40 02:57 110 115
hilarym 02:43 02:17 84 88
cmjhutton 02:44 02:02 74 77
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:33 126 132
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:13 104 109
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:10 114 120
richard 03:39 04:28 122 128
markdobell 03:50 03:58 103 108
glheard 04:02 02:53 71 74
lickert 04:11 04:04 97 102
chindit 04:13 04:24 104 109
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:02 118 124
AlanS 04:19 03:52 89 93
PaulCooke 04:19 05:21 123 129
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:15 74 77
tilbee 04:21 03:35 82 86
Roscoe 04:26 04:34 103 108
tiggis 04:29 03:37 80 84
lucyg43484 04:30 03:47 84 88
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:45 81 85
John Walsh 04:37 04:34 98 103
Jim Willis 04:38 03:15 70 73
d.middleton 04:39 04:39 100 105
scrabbler 04:39 05:26 116 122
andrewlake 04:44 06:12 130 136
wwalker50 04:45 04:35 96 101
andy 04:46 06:03 126 132
March 04:46 05:22 112 117
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:03 105 110
alexh 04:47 05:03 105 110
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:01 103 108
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:55 101 106
MK76 04:53 04:23 89 93
Umpire 04:54 04:04 82 86
Honggui 04:54 03:28 70 73
michaelbell53 04:58 06:26 129 135
Zander 05:02 04:22 86 90
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 03:46 74 77
Squallaby 05:09 03:32 68 71
neilr neilr 05:10 05:30 106 111
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:17 82 86
andy_knott 05:13 04:20 83 87
Penfold_61 05:18 04:38 87 91
esmeralda 05:23 06:09 114 120
fshephe 05:25 05:22 99 104
daulbs 05:26 04:37 84 88
jimpen 05:26 04:49 88 92
george.plumbly 05:28 04:30 82 86
mw7000 05:29 03:57 72 75
MossDef 05:30 04:00 72 75
Rabbitoh 05:32 04:03 73 76
john.marshall 05:33 05:33 100 105
Finzi 05:39 05:41 100 105
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 06:36 116 122
Shabbo 05:46 04:38 80 84
Looch 05:48 04:16 73 76
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:04 103 108
cath23 05:52 05:42 97 102
Carol 05:56 05:20 89 93
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:23 89 93
Crossiant 06:01 04:46 79 83
DunPangolin 06:03 04:49 79 83
PGooden 06:03 05:53 97 102
Rosron 06:07 07:02 114 120
GMcD 06:08 04:48 78 82
earlylight 06:09 06:58 113 118
jimwetzler 06:16 06:57 110 115
robinh 06:19 05:24 85 89
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 05:29 85 89
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 05:24 84 88
uvofiz 06:30 06:50 105 110
Gussie 06:35 05:30 83 87
John Arnold 06:44 07:07 105 110
maisiemae 06:45 06:31 96 101
DianeRS 06:46 07:00 103 108
endafk 06:48 06:42 98 103
Bobby D 06:58 04:59 71 74
Yatton50 07:02 06:58 99 104
m5harp 07:15 06:28 89 93
crosswordian 07:46 06:12 79 83
vinyl12345 vinyl1 07:53 06:18 79 83
jaraab 07:54 06:50 86 90
TonyN6 07:59 06:37 82 86

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.