Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2502

Date 11 October 2023
Number 2502
Setter Oink
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 82
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2502

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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
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:14 90 109
Jason 02:28 02:12 89 108
verlaine 02:35 01:51 71 86
mistigris 02:38 02:33 96 117
hilarym 02:41 02:16 84 102
cmjhutton 02:44 02:16 82 100
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:19 82 100
Flimmy flammy 03:05 01:39 53 64
richard 03:36 03:07 86 104
markdobell 03:46 03:30 92 112
Heyesey 03:48 03:22 88 107
glheard 03:57 03:23 85 103
joelhames 04:03 03:03 75 91
lickert 04:11 03:22 80 97
PaulCooke 04:14 04:46 112 136
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:56 92 112
chindit 04:15 04:13 99 120
AlanS 04:20 03:51 88 107
tilbee 04:21 04:04 93 113
MikeOsborne 04:22 02:38 60 73
patrickcates 04:26 03:02 68 82
nina s 04:26 05:58 134 163
Roscoe 04:26 03:39 82 100
lucyg43484 04:27 04:15 95 115
trux 04:28 04:10 93 113
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 03:43 82 100
canismiser 04:40 03:43 79 96
alexh 04:41 04:28 95 115
Jim Willis 04:42 04:54 104 126
d.middleton 04:42 04:19 91 110
Umpire 04:43 03:19 70 85
denislaw 04:47 05:31 115 140
andrewlake 04:47 04:09 86 104
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 03:25 71 86
March 04:48 04:17 89 108
Ease This Jam 04:49 03:03 63 76
andy 04:50 04:39 96 117
Honggui 04:50 04:58 102 124
Liari 04:54 03:30 71 86
Johninterred 04:54 03:42 75 91
Zander 05:01 03:59 79 96
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 03:42 73 89
Squallaby 05:08 05:29 106 129
neilr neilr 05:09 05:03 98 119
andy_knott 05:14 04:50 92 112
Paul Bacon 05:15 05:42 108 131
Aly Duncan 05:17 02:53 54 65
ChuckB 05:21 04:41 87 106
esmeralda 05:23 04:49 89 108
Spanna 05:23 05:40 105 128
george.plumbly 05:29 04:33 82 100
Rabbitoh 05:31 03:55 70 85
KET 05:31 04:47 86 104
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 04:41 82 100
Finzi 05:41 04:09 73 89
Looch 05:47 05:06 88 107
McBeak McBeak 05:51 03:29 59 71
Dzhigit 05:51 05:28 93 113
PGooden 05:59 04:58 83 101
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:17 88 107
Rosron 06:00 06:21 105 128
Mark Three 06:00 03:05 51 62
Crossiant 06:01 05:30 91 110
SlumdogEngineer 06:02 05:17 87 106
GMcD 06:02 04:53 80 97
Tudds 06:05 04:11 68 82
DunPangolin 06:06 05:08 84 102
Dofray 06:07 05:10 84 102
ilan 06:11 04:37 74 90
Curarist 06:15 05:22 85 103
earlylight 06:17 04:39 74 90
robinh 06:21 11:53 187 228
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:46 105 128
James P 06:27 06:23 98 119
julian_w 06:30 05:28 84 102
uvofiz 06:32 04:33 69 84
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 05:01 76 92
Nangle 06:36 06:19 95 115
nigel 06:38 04:43 71 86
jon 06:42 05:48 86 104
1234 06:45 07:52 116 141
alastair52 06:50 08:04 118 143
Puzzleplease 06:50 05:34 81 98
Edprof 06:51 05:15 76 92
raincloud 06:53 07:32 109 132
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 07:06 102 124
maisiemae 06:57 04:52 70 85
endafk 06:57 05:55 85 103
John Arnold 06:59 05:22 76 92
Viscomte 06:59 05:05 72 87
Riche Riche 07:00 05:37 80 97
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:03 05:07 72 87
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 07:07 100 121
ChrisBrea 07:04 05:41 80 97
benedick 07:11 06:46 94 114
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 05:24 73 89
plett11 Plett11 07:22 05:31 74 90
martinede 07:30 06:57 92 112
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 06:28 83 101
kath 07:56 08:08 102 124
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 05:56 74 90
TomHerbert 08:00 05:45 71 86
john.brassey 08:23 10:01 119 145
vefatica vefatica 08:26 11:10 132 160
goblin 08:29 07:10 84 102
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 10:17 118 143
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 06:57 78 95
nigelmzzz 09:12 10:01 108 131
flashman flashman 11:48 06:40 56 68

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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