Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2403

Date 25 May 2023
Number 2403
Setter Pedro
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 105
Count of ref solvers 71
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2403

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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 02:26 111 105
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:27 99 94
Jason 02:32 02:26 96 91
verlaine 02:36 03:18 126 120
mistigris 02:40 02:15 84 80
cmjhutton 02:44 02:32 92 87
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:28 87 82
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:03 99 94
Sheapey Sheapey 03:31 04:13 119 113
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 05:54 162 154
richard 03:39 03:36 98 93
mcrossib1 03:49 05:03 132 125
markdobell 03:50 03:50 100 95
Heyesey 03:52 05:07 132 125
lickert 04:11 03:30 83 79
chindit 04:13 05:44 135 128
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:02 118 112
nina s 04:19 05:50 135 128
AlanS 04:19 04:42 108 102
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:01 92 87
tilbee 04:21 05:16 121 115
Roscoe 04:26 05:23 121 115
trux 04:29 04:29 100 95
lucyg43484 04:30 05:09 114 108
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 05:35 121 115
Jim Willis 04:38 05:25 116 110
scrabbler 04:39 04:12 90 85
andrewlake 04:44 03:50 80 76
canismiser 04:45 04:00 84 80
andy 04:46 05:52 123 117
March 04:46 06:48 142 135
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:13 109 103
alexh 04:47 05:00 104 99
denislaw 04:47 04:53 102 97
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 05:46 120 114
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:49 99 94
Ease This Jam 04:50 04:40 96 91
MK76 04:53 05:03 103 98
Umpire 04:54 04:43 96 91
Honggui 04:54 04:34 93 88
Zander 05:02 05:26 107 101
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:52 95 90
Squallaby 05:09 05:05 98 93
Paul Bacon 05:09 05:17 102 97
neilr neilr 05:10 05:06 98 93
Tibthorpe 05:12 04:19 83 79
footballblue 05:17 06:52 129 122
Aly Duncan 05:21 06:03 113 107
esmeralda 05:23 06:05 113 107
daulbs 05:26 04:59 91 86
ChuckB 05:26 05:27 100 95
jimpen 05:26 05:36 103 98
george.plumbly 05:28 07:15 132 125
KET 05:29 06:15 113 107
Rabbitoh 05:32 04:47 86 81
AndyR 05:36 05:53 105 100
Finzi 05:39 05:28 96 91
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 07:15 127 120
Looch 05:48 05:32 95 90
squark 05:50 07:19 125 119
cath23 05:52 06:05 103 98
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 05:20 90 85
Tommo87 05:53 07:07 120 114
Dzhigit 05:54 07:18 123 117
Carol 05:56 04:10 70 66
Crossiant 06:01 05:51 97 92
Rosron 06:07 06:33 107 101
GMcD 06:08 07:08 116 110
earlylight 06:09 05:12 84 80
rhi.andrew 06:10 06:00 97 92
Curarist 06:12 05:21 86 81
jimwetzler 06:16 06:58 111 105
ilan 06:17 04:23 69 65
James P 06:18 06:22 101 96
mandyroberts2007 06:20 05:49 91 86
uvofiz 06:30 06:19 97 92
Gussie 06:35 07:14 109 103
Nangle 06:41 06:18 94 89
KenD51 06:42 06:40 99 94
jon 06:42 07:20 109 103
rburman 06:43 05:05 75 71
John Arnold 06:44 07:07 105 100
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:39 98 93
DianeRS 06:46 06:44 99 94
Hodge21 06:49 06:45 99 94
benedick 07:04 07:06 100 95
martinede 07:15 06:54 95 90
Sheen 07:21 05:58 81 77
crosswordian 07:46 06:34 84 80
BertieVII 09:06 07:02 77 73

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.