Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2407

Date 31 May 2023
Number 2407
Setter Jalna
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 100
Count of ref solvers 68
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2407

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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 02:32 116 116
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:00 81 81
Jason 02:32 02:07 83 83
verlaine 02:36 02:20 89 89
mistigris 02:40 02:41 100 100
hilarym 02:43 03:23 124 124
cmjhutton 02:44 02:19 84 84
aphis99 aphis99 02:49 02:43 96 96
Sheapey Sheapey 03:31 03:31 100 100
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:31 96 96
richard 03:39 03:41 100 100
markdobell 03:50 04:23 114 114
Heyesey 03:52 03:52 100 100
Kinghedger 03:52 03:22 87 87
glheard 04:02 03:23 83 83
Strober 04:04 04:07 101 101
lickert 04:11 04:32 108 108
chindit 04:13 03:51 91 91
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:45 112 112
nina s 04:19 02:49 65 65
AlanS 04:19 03:59 92 92
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:14 97 97
tilbee 04:21 05:07 117 117
Roscoe 04:26 02:20 52 52
trux 04:29 06:12 138 138
lucyg43484 04:30 06:05 135 135
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:36 04:19 93 93
d.middleton 04:39 05:00 107 107
andrewlake 04:44 04:45 100 100
canismiser 04:45 03:50 80 80
andy 04:46 04:55 103 103
March 04:46 04:12 88 88
LouWeed LouWeed 04:46 06:58 146 146
alexh 04:47 04:26 92 92
denislaw 04:47 06:08 128 128
Ed freshpot 04:50 04:33 94 94
Ease This Jam 04:50 05:14 108 108
MK76 04:53 04:15 87 87
Umpire 04:54 02:50 57 57
Honggui 04:54 04:36 93 93
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:05 04:30 88 88
Squallaby 05:09 05:53 114 114
neilr neilr 05:10 05:35 108 108
Tibthorpe 05:12 06:41 128 128
Aly Duncan 05:21 05:30 102 102
fshephe 05:25 04:19 79 79
jimpen 05:26 05:48 106 106
ChuckB 05:26 06:50 125 125
Rabbitoh 05:32 05:41 102 102
AndyR 05:36 05:29 97 97
Finzi 05:39 05:18 93 93
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:41 06:34 115 115
Looch 05:48 05:38 97 97
squark 05:50 05:20 91 91
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:51 06:11 105 105
cath23 05:52 06:46 115 115
MrChumley MrChumley 05:52 06:23 108 108
Tommo87 05:53 02:14 37 37
SlumdogEngineer 05:54 05:43 96 96
GeorgeTz 05:56 06:46 114 114
cmcnsmith 05:56 07:17 122 122
Mark Three 05:58 02:35 43 43
McBeak McBeak 06:00 05:21 89 89
nigel 06:00 07:45 129 129
Crossiant 06:01 06:58 115 115
DunPangolin 06:03 06:30 107 107
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:05 04:50 79 79
GMcD 06:08 05:56 96 96
Curarist 06:12 05:51 94 94
jimwetzler 06:16 07:13 115 115
James P 06:18 06:28 102 102
robinh 06:19 05:08 81 81
Mike Mansbridge 06:24 07:45 121 121
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:04 94 94
Nuck_the_king 06:34 07:58 121 121
julian_w 06:34 07:59 121 121
John Arnold 06:44 07:15 107 107
maisiemae 06:45 07:05 104 104
DianeRS 06:46 06:58 102 102
endafk 06:48 07:42 113 113
raincloud 06:49 07:06 104 104
ratterz 07:00 07:49 111 111
benedick 07:04 07:53 111 111
Doyler 07:15 05:23 74 74
luxtonj61 07:21 06:47 92 92
crosswordian 07:46 07:13 92 92
Sonofjim 07:47 07:47 100 100
frost 07:51 07:05 90 90
TomHerbert 07:52 07:55 100 100
OldSolver 07:52 07:08 90 90
pauliwan 08:00 07:32 94 94

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.