Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2382

Date 26 April 2023
Number 2382
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 73
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2382

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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 01:58 90 90
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:04 83 83
Jason 02:32 02:09 84 84
verlaine 02:36 02:01 77 77
mistigris 02:40 02:42 101 102
hilarym 02:43 02:23 87 87
cmjhutton 02:44 03:12 117 118
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:45 97 97
Flimmy flammy 03:04 04:04 132 133
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:28 95 95
richard 03:39 04:01 110 111
markdobell 03:50 04:36 120 121
Heyesey 03:52 03:58 102 103
Strober 04:04 03:41 90 90
lickert 04:11 03:28 82 82
chindit 04:13 04:14 100 101
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:09 121 122
PaulCooke 04:19 03:30 81 81
AlanS 04:19 04:15 98 98
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:39 106 107
tilbee 04:21 05:53 135 136
Roscoe 04:26 05:03 113 114
lucyg43484 04:30 03:53 86 86
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 03:57 85 85
Jim Willis 04:38 05:30 118 119
scrabbler 04:39 05:15 112 113
andrewlake 04:44 04:41 98 98
canismiser 04:45 05:39 118 119
andy 04:46 04:01 84 84
March 04:46 03:50 80 80
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:38 97 97
alexh 04:47 05:04 105 106
grape 04:47 04:38 96 96
Ed freshpot 04:50 03:37 74 74
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:10 86 86
MK76 04:53 05:59 122 123
Honggui 04:54 04:05 83 83
Umpire 04:54 05:28 111 112
Zander 05:02 05:23 106 107
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:43 112 113
Squallaby 05:09 04:31 87 87
neilr neilr 05:10 05:18 102 103
annbrew 05:11 05:38 108 109
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:20 102 103
andy_knott 05:13 05:40 108 109
footballblue 05:17 05:59 113 114
Penfold_61 05:18 04:45 89 89
Aly Duncan 05:21 05:13 97 97
esmeralda 05:23 05:10 95 95
fshephe 05:25 05:52 108 109
jimpen 05:26 05:01 92 92
ChuckB 05:26 05:32 101 102
Spanna 05:27 05:18 97 97
george.plumbly 05:28 05:12 95 95
MossDef 05:30 06:08 111 112
AndyR 05:36 06:45 120 121
Finzi 05:39 05:57 105 106
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 06:29 114 115
Shabbo 05:46 06:31 113 114
Looch 05:48 05:38 97 97
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 04:06 70 70
cath23 05:52 04:27 75 75
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 06:37 112 113
Carol 05:56 05:40 95 95
Mark Three 05:58 05:55 99 100
McBeak McBeak 06:00 07:01 116 117
Crossiant 06:01 05:09 85 85
Colin2355 06:02 05:24 89 89
PGooden 06:03 05:49 96 96
Tudds 06:05 07:08 117 118
Rosron 06:07 03:40 59 59
GMcD 06:08 04:30 73 73
Curarist 06:12 04:58 80 80
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:29 101 102
Aloysius 06:28 06:00 92 92
uvofiz 06:30 05:53 90 90
julian_w 06:34 06:19 96 96
robertbridge 06:38 06:09 92 92
Puzzleplease 06:46 07:00 103 104
1234 06:48 06:12 91 91
Edprof 06:49 06:41 98 98
ulaca ulaca 06:57 06:52 98 98
Bobby D 06:58 06:39 95 95
ratterz 07:00 07:02 100 101
barracuda barracuda 07:08 06:12 86 86
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 05:50 80 80
Sheen 07:21 06:58 94 94

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.