Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2504

Date 13 October 2023
Number 2504
Setter Teazel
Day of week Friday
NITCH 132
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2504

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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 02:09 02:18 106 80
Jason 02:28 03:08 127 96
verlaine 02:35 02:59 115 87
cmjhutton 02:44 03:59 145 109
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 04:01 143 108
richard 03:36 04:32 125 94
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 04:04 111 84
Heyesey 03:48 05:03 132 100
glheard 03:57 04:15 107 81
lickert 04:11 05:03 120 90
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 06:15 147 111
chindit 04:15 05:08 120 90
AlanS 04:20 07:39 176 133
MikeOsborne 04:22 05:37 128 96
Roscoe 04:26 05:52 132 100
nina s 04:26 13:38 307 232
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 05:33 123 93
Umpire 04:43 04:58 105 79
andrewlake 04:47 06:51 143 108
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 07:53 164 124
Ease This Jam 04:49 07:35 157 118
andy 04:50 05:44 118 89
Honggui 04:50 05:46 119 90
Liari 04:54 06:29 132 100
Zander 05:01 06:54 137 103
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 06:02 119 90
Squallaby 05:08 07:22 143 108
neilr neilr 05:09 05:53 114 86
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:21 101 76
Penfold_61 05:17 08:26 159 120
esmeralda 05:23 06:22 118 89
fshephe 05:25 07:02 129 97
Finzi 05:41 08:19 146 110
Looch 05:47 07:15 125 94
Shabbo 05:52 08:13 140 106
Carol 05:54 09:21 158 119
PGooden 05:59 09:56 166 125
Crossiant 06:01 11:46 195 147
GMcD 06:02 07:47 129 97
hopkinb hopkinb 06:03 08:20 137 103
Tudds 06:05 07:28 122 92
DunPangolin 06:06 06:10 101 76
Dofray 06:07 15:31 253 191
martinphillips 06:10 05:43 92 69
ilan 06:11 09:36 155 117
earlylight 06:17 09:26 150 113
robinh 06:21 08:55 140 106
Gussie 06:27 10:04 156 118
julian_w 06:30 07:38 117 88
uvofiz 06:32 08:23 128 96
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 08:13 125 94
Nangle 06:36 09:43 147 111
nigel 06:38 10:24 156 118
jon 06:42 08:37 128 96
Puzzleplease 06:50 08:10 119 90
DianeRS 06:53 06:48 98 74
ratterz 06:55 07:22 106 80
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 08:05 116 87
endafk 06:57 11:07 159 120
John Arnold 06:59 13:45 196 148
Riche Riche 07:00 07:35 108 81
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 06:50 96 72
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:03 12:57 183 138
ChrisBrea 07:04 12:20 174 131
m5harp 07:15 10:55 150 113
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 09:26 129 97
barracuda barracuda 07:21 11:08 151 114
plett11 Plett11 07:22 13:28 182 137
Sheen 07:39 15:46 206 156
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 06:50 88 66
luxtonj61 07:51 08:16 105 79
crosswordian 07:53 08:55 113 85
mattindoha 07:55 10:49 136 103
kath 07:56 10:01 126 95
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 09:02 113 85
goblin 08:29 09:57 117 88
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 09:54 111 84
nigelmzzz 09:12 10:16 111 84
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 21:44 130 98

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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