Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2506

Date 17 October 2023
Number 2506
Setter Joker
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 92
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2506

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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
Jason 02:28 02:01 81 88
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:14 90 97
verlaine 02:35 02:26 94 102
mistigris 02:38 02:14 84 91
hilarym 02:41 03:02 113 122
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:14 79 85
Flimmy flammy 03:05 03:04 99 107
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:23 93 101
markdobell 03:46 04:02 107 116
Heyesey 03:48 04:03 106 115
Kinghedger 03:51 03:08 81 88
glheard 03:57 03:26 86 93
chriss 03:59 05:41 142 154
joelhames 04:03 04:08 102 110
chindit 04:15 03:56 92 100
AlanS 04:20 04:19 99 107
tilbee 04:21 04:36 105 114
MikeOsborne 04:22 03:24 77 83
Roscoe 04:26 04:30 101 109
nina s 04:26 06:06 137 148
lucyg43484 04:27 03:41 82 89
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 04:42 104 113
John Walsh 04:34 04:56 108 117
canismiser 04:40 04:33 97 105
Jim Willis 04:42 05:05 108 117
andrewlake 04:47 04:39 97 105
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:28 93 101
March 04:48 03:53 80 86
Ease This Jam 04:49 18:15 378 410
Honggui 04:50 04:36 95 103
andy 04:50 04:48 99 107
Liari 04:54 03:13 65 70
MK76 04:57 04:00 80 86
Zander 05:01 04:50 96 104
neilr neilr 05:09 05:13 101 109
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:30 104 113
footballblue 05:17 05:25 102 110
Penfold_61 05:17 05:02 95 103
daulbs 05:19 03:30 65 70
ChuckB 05:21 05:23 100 108
esmeralda 05:23 06:01 111 120
george.plumbly 05:29 05:04 92 100
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:34 100 108
KET 05:31 04:43 85 92
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 05:24 95 103
Finzi 05:41 05:50 102 110
Looch 05:47 06:38 114 123
McBeak McBeak 05:51 05:27 93 101
cath23 05:51 04:10 71 77
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:22 89 96
MrChumley MrChumley 06:00 06:34 109 118
Crossiant 06:01 04:14 70 76
GMcD 06:02 04:26 73 79
Tudds 06:05 05:01 82 89
DunPangolin 06:06 05:15 86 93
martinphillips 06:10 06:02 97 105
ilan 06:11 06:26 104 113
Curarist 06:15 06:46 108 117
earlylight 06:17 04:54 77 83
jimwetzler 06:20 05:08 81 88
robinh 06:21 06:02 95 103
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 06:12 96 104
James P 06:27 05:28 84 91
julian_w 06:30 05:55 91 98
uvofiz 06:32 05:56 90 97
Aloysius 06:32 04:36 70 76
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 06:45 103 111
Nangle 06:36 04:52 73 79
nigel 06:38 06:24 96 104
1234 06:45 07:07 105 114
Edprof 06:51 06:18 91 98
raincloud 06:53 08:51 128 139
Hodge21 06:55 06:31 94 102
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 06:50 98 106
endafk 06:57 07:49 112 121
John Arnold 06:59 05:44 82 89
Viscomte 06:59 05:15 75 81
Riche Riche 07:00 05:57 85 92
ChrisBrea 07:04 09:48 138 150
Yatton50 07:08 08:46 122 132
benedick 07:11 06:53 95 103
m5harp 07:15 06:38 91 98
ulaca ulaca 07:18 06:42 91 98
barracuda barracuda 07:21 06:52 93 101
plett11 Plett11 07:22 06:40 90 97
gsriordan52 07:38 08:13 107 116
frost 07:39 06:58 91 98
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 07:39 98 106
crosswordian 07:53 06:47 86 93
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 06:06 76 82
TomHerbert 08:00 06:43 83 90
john.brassey 08:23 07:17 86 93
vefatica vefatica 08:26 06:28 76 82
BletchleyReject 08:27 02:00 23 25
goblin 08:29 08:38 101 109
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 07:20 84 91
nigelmzzz 09:12 08:15 89 96
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 09:05 54 58

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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