Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2398

Date 18 May 2023
Number 2398
Setter Hurley
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 94
Count of ref solvers 71
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2398

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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 02:00 91 96
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:08 86 91
Jason 02:32 02:34 101 107
mauefw 02:34 02:32 98 104
verlaine 02:36 02:10 83 88
mistigris 02:40 01:59 74 78
hilarym 02:43 02:42 99 105
cmjhutton 02:44 02:40 97 103
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 01:55 68 72
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:39 86 91
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 02:39 72 76
richard 03:39 03:32 96 102
markdobell 03:50 04:38 120 127
Heyesey 03:52 05:16 136 144
Kinghedger 03:52 04:28 115 122
xyster 04:04 03:34 87 92
lickert 04:11 04:11 100 106
chindit 04:13 04:03 96 102
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:33 107 113
nina s 04:19 04:51 112 119
PaulCooke 04:19 03:17 76 80
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:00 91 96
tilbee 04:21 03:54 89 94
Roscoe 04:26 03:47 85 90
David Crooks 04:27 04:07 92 97
trux 04:29 05:12 115 122
lucyg43484 04:30 05:25 120 127
jfisher60 04:33 05:13 114 121
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:30 97 103
scrabbler 04:39 04:45 102 108
d.middleton 04:39 04:08 88 93
andrewlake 04:44 03:13 67 71
canismiser 04:45 05:37 118 125
andy 04:46 03:24 71 75
March 04:46 05:42 119 126
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 04:33 95 101
alexh 04:47 03:52 80 85
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 03:55 81 86
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:57 102 108
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:56 102 108
Umpire 04:54 04:19 88 93
Honggui 04:54 04:48 97 103
Zander 05:02 05:02 100 106
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:10 81 86
Squallaby 05:09 03:59 77 81
neilr neilr 05:10 04:42 90 95
annbrew 05:11 05:04 97 103
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:53 113 120
footballblue 05:17 04:07 77 81
fishernick79 05:19 05:03 94 100
Aly Duncan 05:21 05:32 103 109
esmeralda 05:23 04:33 84 89
fshephe 05:25 04:00 73 77
daulbs 05:26 04:34 84 89
ChuckB 05:26 05:43 105 111
jimpen 05:26 04:45 87 92
george.plumbly 05:28 05:10 94 100
admin 05:31 03:48 68 72
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:13 94 100
Finzi 05:39 05:58 105 111
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 03:59 70 74
Shabbo 05:46 05:28 94 100
Looch 05:48 04:37 79 84
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 04:32 77 81
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:10 105 111
cath23 05:52 05:35 95 101
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 05:46 97 103
Dzhigit 05:54 05:49 98 104
Carol 05:56 06:34 110 117
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:49 96 102
Crossiant 06:01 06:14 103 109
GMcD 06:08 06:00 97 103
jimwetzler 06:16 06:14 99 105
robinh 06:19 05:47 91 96
mandyroberts2007 06:20 06:24 101 107
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 04:55 76 80
Aloysius 06:28 05:38 87 92
julian_w 06:34 05:16 80 85
jon 06:42 06:14 93 98
DrBill 06:42 05:45 85 90
maisiemae 06:45 06:05 90 95
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:27 95 101
endafk 06:48 05:53 86 91
Viscomte 06:51 05:52 85 90
ulaca ulaca 06:57 06:12 89 94
gsriordan52 07:20 06:20 86 91
FelicityTT 07:42 05:00 64 68
crosswordian 07:46 05:38 72 76

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.