Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2503

Date 12 October 2023
Number 2503
Setter Marty
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 89
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2503

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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 01:50 74 83
Jason 02:28 02:31 102 114
verlaine 02:35 02:33 98 110
mistigris 02:38 02:04 78 87
hilarym 02:41 02:39 98 110
cmjhutton 02:44 02:03 75 84
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:32 90 101
Flimmy flammy 03:05 02:24 77 86
richard 03:36 02:58 82 92
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:25 94 105
markdobell 03:46 03:11 84 94
Heyesey 03:48 02:46 72 80
Kinghedger 03:51 05:37 145 162
glheard 03:57 05:24 136 152
chriss 03:59 03:47 94 105
joelhames 04:03 03:46 93 104
Strober 04:10 04:19 103 115
lickert 04:11 04:08 98 110
chriswords 04:11 04:22 104 116
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:28 105 117
chindit 04:15 03:39 85 95
AlanS 04:20 04:13 97 108
tilbee 04:21 03:42 85 95
MikeOsborne 04:22 03:41 84 94
patrickcates 04:26 03:02 68 76
nina s 04:26 05:04 114 128
Roscoe 04:26 03:46 84 94
lucyg43484 04:27 04:08 92 103
trux 04:28 03:49 85 95
canismiser 04:40 03:34 76 85
Umpire 04:43 03:23 71 79
andrewlake 04:47 03:35 74 83
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:00 83 93
March 04:48 03:36 75 84
andy 04:50 03:41 76 85
Honggui 04:50 04:43 97 108
Liari 04:54 03:32 72 80
MK76 04:57 03:29 70 78
Zander 05:01 06:04 120 134
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 04:39 91 102
annbrew 05:08 04:57 96 107
Squallaby 05:08 03:45 73 82
andy_knott 05:14 04:44 90 101
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:45 109 122
Penfold_61 05:17 04:47 90 101
daulbs 05:19 04:31 84 94
ChuckB 05:21 05:40 105 117
esmeralda 05:23 04:48 89 100
fshephe 05:25 06:02 111 124
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:59 90 101
KET 05:31 04:11 75 84
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 05:15 92 103
Finzi 05:41 07:28 131 147
Looch 05:47 05:11 89 100
McBeak McBeak 05:51 05:37 96 107
Dzhigit 05:51 05:39 96 107
Shabbo 05:52 04:40 79 88
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:57 06:23 107 120
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:54 98 110
Rosron 06:00 05:56 98 110
Crossiant 06:01 04:38 77 86
Tudds 06:05 05:26 89 100
DunPangolin 06:06 05:49 95 106
Dofray 06:07 14:51 242 271
martinphillips 06:10 18:25 298 334
Curarist 06:15 07:18 116 130
earlylight 06:17 08:30 135 151
jimwetzler 06:20 06:12 97 108
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:30 101 113
James P 06:27 07:18 113 126
julian_w 06:30 04:02 62 69
Aloysius 06:32 05:51 89 100
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 06:02 92 103
Nangle 06:36 06:29 98 110
nigel 06:38 05:48 87 97
jon 06:42 05:09 76 85
Kalakuta72 06:48 06:03 88 98
Puzzleplease 06:50 06:46 99 111
Edprof 06:51 06:08 89 100
raincloud 06:53 06:50 99 111
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 06:23 92 103
endafk 06:57 08:50 127 142
John Arnold 06:59 07:46 111 124
Viscomte 06:59 06:48 97 108
Riche Riche 07:00 08:16 118 132
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 07:28 105 117
ChrisBrea 07:04 06:20 89 100
benedick 07:11 06:09 85 95
ulaca ulaca 07:18 10:44 147 165
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 07:18 100 112
barracuda barracuda 07:21 07:34 102 114
plett11 Plett11 07:22 06:43 91 102
martinede 07:30 07:46 103 115
frost 07:39 06:50 89 100
Sheen 07:39 09:53 129 144
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 07:31 97 108
luxtonj61 07:51 07:57 101 113
crosswordian 07:53 06:44 85 95
mattindoha 07:55 07:35 95 106
kath 07:56 07:23 93 104
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 09:28 118 132
TomHerbert 08:00 07:58 99 111
john.brassey 08:23 09:43 115 129
vefatica vefatica 08:26 08:25 99 111
goblin 08:29 08:46 103 115
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 07:18 84 94
flashman flashman 11:48 18:42 158 177
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 12:15 83 93

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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