Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2405

Date 29 May 2023
Number 2405
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Monday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 71
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2405

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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 01:58 90 90
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:49 114 115
Jason 02:32 02:19 91 91
verlaine 02:36 02:07 81 81
mistigris 02:40 02:39 99 100
hilarym 02:43 02:45 101 102
cmjhutton 02:44 02:11 79 79
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 03:05 109 110
Flimmy flammy 03:04 05:16 171 172
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:17 90 90
richard 03:39 03:35 98 98
markdobell 03:50 03:19 86 86
Heyesey 03:52 02:58 76 76
glheard 04:02 03:06 76 76
xyster 04:04 04:53 120 121
lickert 04:11 04:17 102 103
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:40 86 86
AlanS 04:19 04:06 94 94
nina s 04:19 06:43 155 156
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:50 111 112
tilbee 04:21 03:37 83 83
Roscoe 04:26 04:11 94 94
lucyg43484 04:30 03:43 82 82
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:10 90 90
Jim Willis 04:38 04:41 101 102
d.middleton 04:39 05:27 117 118
scrabbler 04:39 03:42 79 79
andrewlake 04:44 04:45 100 101
canismiser 04:45 03:22 70 70
andy 04:46 03:44 78 78
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 05:45 120 121
March 04:46 04:38 97 97
alexh 04:47 04:21 90 90
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:48 04:58 103 104
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:01 83 83
Ease This Jam 04:50 05:03 104 105
Umpire 04:54 04:24 89 89
Honggui 04:54 05:06 104 105
Zander 05:02 05:49 115 116
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 05:39 111 112
Paul Bacon 05:09 05:00 97 97
neilr neilr 05:10 04:41 90 90
annbrew 05:11 04:51 93 93
Tibthorpe 05:12 05:34 107 108
Aly Duncan 05:21 04:28 83 83
esmeralda 05:23 03:41 68 68
fshephe 05:25 05:14 96 96
Spanna 05:27 06:31 119 120
george.plumbly 05:28 05:03 92 92
KET 05:29 05:18 96 96
AndyR 05:36 05:20 95 95
Finzi 05:39 05:33 98 98
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 07:04 124 125
Shabbo 05:46 07:37 132 133
Looch 05:48 05:30 94 94
cheryllayne cheryllayne 05:50 02:25 41 41
squark 05:50 05:35 95 95
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 07:03 120 121
cath23 05:52 04:26 75 75
Dzhigit 05:54 06:14 105 106
cmcnsmith 05:56 06:36 111 112
Carol 05:56 04:07 69 69
nigel 06:00 06:06 101 102
Crossiant 06:01 06:06 101 102
GMcD 06:08 07:39 124 125
James P 06:18 06:31 103 104
robinh 06:19 06:12 98 98
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:48 105 106
Aloysius 06:28 07:45 119 120
uvofiz 06:30 07:46 119 120
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:32 07:28 114 115
Nangle 06:41 06:30 97 97
DrBill 06:42 06:48 101 102
rburman 06:43 04:46 70 70
John Arnold 06:44 06:37 98 98
maisiemae 06:45 06:15 92 92
Puzzleplease 06:46 06:05 89 89
1234 06:48 06:43 98 98
Edprof 06:49 07:10 105 106
Viscomte 06:51 06:58 101 102
FraserH 06:56 06:13 89 89
ChrisBrea 06:57 06:12 89 89
Corymbia Corymbia 06:57 07:25 106 107
ratterz 07:00 05:56 84 84
barracuda barracuda 07:08 05:45 80 80
docg 07:15 07:28 102 103
gsriordan52 07:20 07:33 102 103
Andrew Whiffin 07:25 06:25 86 86
crosswordian 07:46 07:13 92 92

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.