Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2383

Date 27 April 2023
Number 2383
Setter Hurley
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 76
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2383

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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 02:19 106 103
Paul Gilbert 02:28 01:51 75 73
Jason 02:32 02:43 107 104
verlaine 02:36 02:08 82 80
mistigris 02:40 02:38 98 96
hilarym 02:43 02:21 86 84
cmjhutton 02:44 02:54 106 103
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:32 89 87
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:51 92 90
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:40 100 98
richard 03:39 03:12 87 85
markdobell 03:50 03:49 99 97
Heyesey 03:52 04:15 109 106
glheard 04:02 03:50 95 93
Strober 04:04 03:48 93 91
lickert 04:11 03:39 87 85
chindit 04:13 03:59 94 92
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:09 98 96
AlanS 04:19 05:42 132 129
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:25 101 99
tilbee 04:21 05:26 124 121
Roscoe 04:26 05:42 128 125
lucyg43484 04:30 05:16 117 114
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:58 129 126
Jim Willis 04:38 04:25 95 93
scrabbler 04:39 03:58 85 83
canismiser 04:45 04:57 104 101
andy 04:46 04:45 99 97
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:44 99 97
March 04:46 05:40 118 115
alexh 04:47 05:13 109 106
grape 04:47 05:16 110 107
Dofray 04:48 04:16 88 86
Ed freshpot 04:50 05:45 118 115
MK76 04:53 04:57 101 99
Umpire 04:54 03:14 65 63
Zander 05:02 04:40 92 90
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:59 98 96
Squallaby 05:09 04:40 90 88
neilr neilr 05:10 05:07 99 97
annbrew 05:11 04:48 92 90
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:53 113 110
andy_knott 05:13 05:10 99 97
footballblue 05:17 05:12 98 96
Penfold_61 05:18 07:17 137 134
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:36 123 120
esmeralda 05:23 05:19 98 96
fshephe 05:25 05:41 104 101
daulbs 05:26 05:58 109 106
jimpen 05:26 05:51 107 104
george.plumbly 05:28 05:38 103 100
MossDef 05:30 06:16 113 110
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:32 100 98
AndyR 05:36 05:07 91 89
Finzi 05:39 06:00 106 103
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 06:59 122 119
Shabbo 05:46 06:40 115 112
Looch 05:48 05:17 91 89
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:43 114 111
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:30 110 107
cath23 05:52 06:26 109 106
Tommo87 05:53 04:59 84 82
Carol 05:56 05:42 96 94
McBeak McBeak 06:00 07:27 124 121
Crossiant 06:01 06:28 107 104
PGooden 06:03 06:56 114 111
Tudds 06:05 05:52 96 94
Rosron 06:07 04:44 77 75
earlylight 06:09 06:54 112 109
Curarist 06:12 07:27 120 117
robinh 06:19 06:52 108 105
JMbrow29 06:19 07:32 119 116
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 07:07 111 108
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:52 107 104
Aloysius 06:28 05:44 88 86
uvofiz 06:30 06:22 97 95
pfalloon 06:30 06:27 99 97
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:20 112 109
jon 06:42 06:52 102 100
JeffHobbs 06:42 07:28 111 108
maisiemae 06:45 06:07 90 88
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:26 95 93
endafk 06:48 07:13 106 103
raincloud 06:49 06:16 91 89
Deezzaa Deezzaa 06:56 06:58 100 98
FraserH 06:56 07:11 103 100
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 06:55 99 97
Bobby D 06:58 06:20 90 88
ratterz 07:00 05:27 77 75
barracuda barracuda 07:08 06:11 86 84

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.