Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28923

Date 22 May 2024
Number 28923
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 85
Count of ref solvers 58
Ref solvers excluded with errors 30
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28923

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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 mohn2 04:34 05:30 120 141
Diskus 05:58 04:56 82 96
lili 06:25 04:54 76 89
hilarym 07:10 06:38 92 108
aphis99 aphis99 07:25 07:29 100 117
asaldanha 09:17 08:49 94 110
markdobell 10:08 06:57 68 80
lickert 10:28 09:16 88 103
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:41 09:14 86 101
Umpire 10:45 09:59 92 108
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:24 07:33 66 77
David Crooks dcrooks 11:46 09:51 83 97
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 11:48 12:56 109 128
chriswords 11:49 11:08 94 110
Golvellius 11:53 13:10 110 129
SimonAnthony 11:55 09:55 83 97
HoneyBadger 11:58 11:22 94 110
neilr neilr 12:05 09:02 74 87
ChuckB 12:40 14:10 111 130
JimboFS 12:41 11:03 87 102
Silva 12:56 11:47 91 107
tilbee 13:04 10:43 82 96
Paul Bacon 13:13 13:29 102 120
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 13:25 10:31 78 91
Groucho 13:40 08:52 64 75
Penfold_61 Penfold 13:44 13:22 97 114
christopherclark4945 14:03 08:52 63 74
Eddddddd 14:37 21:45 148 174
johninterred Johninterred 14:40 13:33 92 108
Semillon 14:41 12:13 83 97
Finzi 14:48 14:33 98 115
BlackburnRover 14:49 17:02 114 134
njnclarke 14:56 12:35 84 98
Crucifer Crucifer 14:57 16:19 109 128
john.brassey 15:08 12:51 84 98
phthisis 15:22 13:01 84 98
Pootle Pootle 15:24 16:54 109 128
robinh 15:46 12:42 80 94
Achernar 15:55 19:15 120 141
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 15:55 11:48 74 87
tapbarker 15:56 16:14 101 118
john.marshall 15:59 19:05 119 140
zinzan 16:02 18:56 118 138
Looch 16:05 13:00 80 94
andrewlake 16:37 15:27 92 108
Freemers 16:47 14:06 84 98
ilan 17:01 19:08 112 131
Craven 17:33 14:52 84 98
Encota 17:47 13:28 75 88
DunPangolin 17:55 15:21 85 100
PGooden 17:56 16:23 91 107
benedick 18:07 03:55 21 24
cmcnsmith 18:10 17:26 95 111
GMcD 18:23 15:48 85 100
tds 18:31 17:11 92 108
Foozler 18:37 16:24 88 103
DanSolo 18:40 16:55 90 105
martinede 18:43 14:28 77 90
squark 19:19 21:47 112 131
pc8 19:21 10:15 52 61
Zander 19:29 26:13 134 157
gsriordan52 19:51 21:32 108 127
hugh schofield Leskoffer 20:10 14:19 70 82
uvofiz 20:15 17:33 86 101
chriswestontour 20:21 19:00 93 109
James P Special_bitter 20:29 12:54 62 72
Zabadak3 Zabadak 20:35 14:49 71 83
Nangle 21:09 20:17 95 111
endafk 21:20 16:38 77 90
dec 21:23 18:48 87 102
daniel.faith 21:24 16:55 79 92
frost 21:32 26:21 122 143
Corymbia Corymbia 21:35 24:53 115 135
goblin 22:33 15:48 70 82
richardCV22 23:06 17:42 76 89
stainl665 23:22 21:59 94 110
cyrillic 23:24 22:14 95 111
klamery4 23:43 18:18 77 90
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:24 15:04 61 71
Crippens1 24:40 28:25 115 135
MichelinPoitiers MichelinPoitiers 25:00 25:52 103 121
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 25:01 25:07 100 117
tony the butcher montana 25:20 18:39 73 85
timbo 25:28 20:44 81 95
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:29 28:23 111 130
hugapug 25:40 19:48 77 90
barracuda barracuda 25:52 27:45 107 125
Gussie 25:59 17:12 66 77
Fidelio 26:15 25:59 98 115
brian.mcnamara 26:30 17:39 66 77
Yatton50 27:01 26:39 98 115
infinitejest 27:01 33:26 123 144
nekabue 27:19 26:53 98 115
Dr_Bob 27:21 21:20 78 91
Mike Harper Mike Harper 27:40 21:09 76 89
SlumdogEngineer 27:50 23:57 86 101
Rowlie26 28:50 22:51 79 92
NAPASAI napasai 28:53 18:29 63 74
Winchelt 28:54 24:32 84 98
Manveru 30:46 27:38 89 104
gbestanley 32:15 22:38 70 82
koro kororareka 32:22 28:18 87 102
Maggot 32:32 30:06 92 108
rosselliot 33:07 22:43 68 80
alistair.boere 33:08 23:42 71 83
bruce.johnston22 33:38 41:40 123 144
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 34:46 27:00 77 90
j.stanton734 34:49 44:07 126 148
starstruck starstruck_au 36:22 30:04 82 96
boltonwanderer 36:40 24:00 65 76
Pleasuredome Pleasuredome8 37:04 32:39 88 103
CoxBurglar coxburglar 37:08 33:15 89 104
HanS 37:12 39:15 105 123
Shushannah 37:56 33:38 88 103
kapietro kapietro 38:20 29:56 78 91
rv_1 39:09 27:44 70 82
hydrochoos hydrochoos 40:15 35:00 86 101
baronrob 42:50 42:45 99 116
Steve Wood 49:17 38:30 78 91
MartinP MartinP1 51:45 37:30 72 84
kjbr 52:05 46:31 89 104
The Real Steve Snackman 52:44 52:33 99 116
The Mighty Salmon 55:32 64:46 116 136
Masha 57:09 27:08 47 55
KathH 59:35 58:59 98 115

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.

Stored SNITCH Values

Here are the SNITCH values (stored on the day) from the crossword.

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