Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2393

Date 11 May 2023
Number 2393
Setter Wurm
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 123
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2393

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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 02:43 124 100
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:03 83 67
verlaine 02:36 02:38 101 82
mistigris 02:40 03:21 125 101
hilarym 02:43 02:53 106 86
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 04:02 143 116
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:13 104 84
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:50 105 85
richard 03:39 03:39 100 81
markdobell 03:50 05:14 136 110
Heyesey 03:52 03:52 100 81
Kinghedger 03:52 04:43 121 98
glheard 04:02 05:03 125 101
lickert 04:11 04:44 113 91
chindit 04:13 04:00 94 76
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:46 112 91
MikeOsborne 04:21 06:31 149 121
tilbee 04:21 04:42 108 87
Roscoe 04:26 06:17 141 114
lucyg43484 04:30 05:44 127 103
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:58 107 86
Jim Willis 04:38 05:55 127 103
scrabbler 04:39 04:42 101 82
andrewlake 04:44 05:21 113 91
canismiser 04:45 04:30 94 76
andy 04:46 03:49 80 65
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:23 112 91
grape 04:47 05:15 109 88
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:23 112 91
Ed freshpot 04:50 07:13 149 121
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:48 99 80
MK76 04:53 08:49 180 146
Umpire 04:54 07:15 147 119
Honggui 04:54 06:38 135 109
Zander 05:02 06:00 119 96
Liari 05:09 04:51 94 76
neilr neilr 05:10 04:59 96 78
esmeralda 05:23 07:11 133 108
daulbs 05:26 06:14 114 92
jimpen 05:26 06:43 123 100
KET 05:29 08:56 162 131
mw7000 05:29 09:50 179 145
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:32 100 81
Finzi 05:39 06:20 112 91
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 08:35 151 122
Shabbo 05:46 06:35 114 92
Looch 05:48 06:38 114 92
cath23 05:52 07:41 130 105
Carol 05:56 08:07 136 110
Crossiant 06:01 06:50 113 91
Tudds 06:05 08:26 138 112
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 09:29 155 126
Rosron 06:07 06:29 105 85
GMcD 06:08 08:17 135 109
Curarist 06:12 08:11 131 106
jimwetzler 06:16 07:59 127 103
ilan 06:17 08:47 139 113
James P 06:18 07:00 111 90
robinh 06:19 06:02 95 77
IreneC 06:19 07:27 117 95
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 10:46 167 135
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:28 05:34 86 69
julian_w 06:34 08:19 126 102
jon 06:42 10:02 149 121
John Arnold 06:44 07:40 113 91
maisiemae 06:45 07:36 112 91
Puzzleplease 06:46 09:38 142 115
endafk 06:48 08:29 124 100
plett11 Plett11 06:48 09:50 144 117
timbo 06:51 04:32 66 53
Viscomte 06:51 09:30 138 112
Claverton74 06:56 09:50 141 114
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 08:05 116 94
ulaca ulaca 06:57 08:00 115 93
barracuda barracuda 07:08 10:34 148 120
johndun John Dunleavy 07:17 09:48 134 108
gsriordan52 07:20 09:24 128 104
Sheen 07:21 05:04 68 55
Andrew Whiffin 07:25 08:58 120 97
frost 07:51 09:59 127 103
OldSolver 07:52 09:14 117 95
Laputan 08:18 08:55 107 86
goblin 08:21 10:13 122 99
edwards.robert1 09:41 09:32 98 79
CWM65 11:08 08:12 73 59

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.