Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2390

Date 08 May 2023
Number 2390
Setter Beck
Day of week Monday
NITCH 113
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2390

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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 02:22 108 95
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:51 115 101
Jason 02:32 02:56 115 101
mauefw 02:34 02:31 98 86
verlaine 02:36 03:18 126 111
mistigris 02:40 02:48 105 92
cmjhutton 02:44 02:35 94 83
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:51 101 89
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:17 107 94
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 06:06 167 147
markdobell 03:50 05:06 133 117
glheard 04:02 03:19 82 72
Strober 04:04 04:30 110 97
lickert 04:11 06:07 146 129
chindit 04:13 04:33 107 94
AlanS 04:19 04:44 109 96
MikeOsborne 04:21 05:33 127 112
tilbee 04:21 05:26 124 109
Roscoe 04:26 05:10 116 102
lucyg43484 04:30 04:55 109 96
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:42 102 90
scrabbler 04:39 04:38 99 87
andrewlake 04:44 08:00 169 149
canismiser 04:45 04:39 97 85
andy 04:46 06:26 134 118
March 04:46 05:49 122 107
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:50 122 107
grape 04:47 04:30 94 83
denislaw 04:47 04:03 84 74
Dofray 04:48 08:18 172 152
Ed freshpot 04:50 07:23 152 134
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:16 88 77
Honggui 04:54 04:37 94 83
Umpire 04:54 05:01 102 90
michaelbell53 04:58 04:58 100 88
Zander 05:02 05:25 107 94
Squallaby 05:09 04:37 89 78
neilr neilr 05:10 05:59 115 101
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:24 103 91
andy_knott 05:13 05:12 99 87
esmeralda 05:23 04:16 79 69
fshephe 05:25 06:15 115 101
daulbs 05:26 07:43 142 125
ChuckB 05:26 06:09 113 100
jimpen 05:26 06:04 111 98
KET 05:29 05:54 107 94
Finzi 05:39 06:40 117 103
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 07:26 130 115
Shabbo 05:46 07:17 126 111
Looch 05:48 04:53 84 74
squark 05:50 07:40 131 115
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 05:53 100 88
cath23 05:52 06:40 113 100
Tommo87 05:53 08:06 137 121
Dzhigit 05:54 08:10 138 122
Mark Three 05:58 06:09 103 91
Crossiant 06:01 07:08 118 104
DunPangolin 06:03 06:37 109 96
Tudds 06:05 07:46 127 112
Rosron 06:07 07:01 114 100
GMcD 06:08 07:38 124 109
martinphillips 06:09 08:10 132 116
Curarist 06:12 07:08 115 101
jimwetzler 06:16 06:23 101 89
James P 06:18 08:14 130 115
robinh 06:19 05:23 85 75
JMbrow29 06:19 04:56 78 69
IreneC 06:19 07:45 122 107
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 08:31 133 117
pfalloon 06:30 08:26 129 114
uvofiz 06:30 07:51 120 106
julian_w 06:34 08:55 135 119
DrBill 06:42 07:40 114 100
alastair52 06:43 06:33 97 85
maisiemae 06:45 06:25 95 84
endafk 06:48 07:05 104 92
plett11 Plett11 06:48 08:55 131 115
Hodge21 06:49 07:22 108 95
Viscomte 06:51 06:05 88 77
jjspomeroy 06:54 06:39 96 84
ChrisBrea 06:57 09:09 131 115
ratterz 07:00 08:41 124 109
barracuda barracuda 07:08 08:16 115 101
martinede 07:15 08:39 119 105
luxtonj61 07:21 06:23 86 76
Templar Redux Templar 07:37 08:17 108 95
crosswordian 07:46 08:26 108 95
vefatica vefatica 07:46 07:26 95 84
Laputan 08:18 08:36 103 91

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.