Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2507

Date 18 October 2023
Number 2507
Setter Mara
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 86
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2507

* Requires access to the Times Crossword Club

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 02:06 85 98
Jason 02:28 02:07 85 98
verlaine 02:35 02:36 100 116
mistigris 02:38 01:58 74 86
hilarym 02:41 02:34 95 110
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:47 99 115
Flimmy flammy 03:05 02:17 74 86
richard 03:36 03:26 95 110
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:28 95 110
markdobell 03:46 03:05 81 94
Heyesey 03:48 03:03 80 93
Kinghedger 03:51 03:17 85 98
glheard 03:57 03:48 96 111
chriss 03:59 04:03 101 117
lickert 04:11 03:15 77 89
PaulCooke 04:14 03:07 73 84
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:33 83 96
chindit 04:15 03:34 83 96
AlanS 04:20 04:23 101 117
tilbee 04:21 04:29 103 119
MikeOsborne 04:22 03:22 77 89
nina s 04:26 04:28 100 116
Roscoe 04:26 04:14 95 110
lucyg43484 04:27 03:56 88 102
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 03:37 80 93
John Walsh 04:34 05:02 110 127
Jim Willis 04:42 04:20 92 106
Umpire 04:43 04:35 97 112
andrewlake 04:47 04:01 83 96
March 04:48 03:24 70 81
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:03 84 97
Ease This Jam 04:49 05:55 122 141
Honggui 04:50 04:55 101 117
andy 04:50 03:55 81 94
Liari 04:54 04:29 91 105
MK76 04:57 03:30 70 81
Zander 05:01 04:30 89 103
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 05:17 104 120
Squallaby 05:08 03:57 76 88
neilr neilr 05:09 04:19 83 96
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:02 95 110
Aly Duncan 05:17 05:06 96 111
Penfold_61 05:17 05:11 98 113
ChuckB 05:21 04:42 87 101
Spanna 05:23 06:14 115 133
esmeralda 05:23 04:51 90 104
fshephe 05:25 04:15 78 90
george.plumbly 05:29 04:53 89 103
KET 05:31 05:07 92 106
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:40 84 97
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 05:03 89 103
Finzi 05:41 05:33 97 112
Looch 05:47 04:28 77 89
McBeak McBeak 05:51 06:34 112 130
Dzhigit 05:51 05:33 94 109
cath23 05:51 05:12 88 102
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:57 06:01 101 117
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:51 97 112
PGooden 05:59 05:09 86 100
Mark Three 06:00 08:26 140 162
MrChumley MrChumley 06:00 06:24 106 123
Crossiant 06:01 03:34 59 68
GMcD 06:02 06:26 106 123
SlumdogEngineer 06:02 05:04 83 96
hopkinb hopkinb 06:03 06:49 112 130
Tudds 06:05 04:15 69 80
DunPangolin 06:06 05:58 97 112
martinphillips 06:10 06:48 110 127
ilan 06:11 08:31 137 159
Curarist 06:15 06:07 97 112
earlylight 06:17 06:08 97 112
robinh 06:21 04:59 78 90
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 04:59 77 89
James P 06:27 05:28 84 97
julian_w 06:30 04:54 75 87
Aloysius 06:32 06:44 103 119
uvofiz 06:32 05:18 81 94
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 05:41 86 100
nigel 06:38 08:16 124 144
1234 06:45 05:54 87 101
Puzzleplease 06:50 08:29 124 144
alastair52 06:50 05:52 85 98
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 06:19 91 105
maisiemae 06:57 06:34 94 109
endafk 06:57 06:10 88 102
John Arnold 06:59 06:08 87 101
Viscomte 06:59 05:56 84 97
Riche Riche 07:00 04:05 58 67
ChrisBrea 07:04 05:29 77 89
benedick 07:11 06:23 88 102
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 06:39 91 105
ulaca ulaca 07:18 08:21 114 132
barracuda barracuda 07:21 07:55 107 124
plett11 Plett11 07:22 08:45 118 137
Sheen 07:39 08:06 105 122
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 06:12 80 93
luxtonj61 07:51 08:33 108 125
crosswordian 07:53 07:02 89 103
mattindoha 07:55 06:49 86 100
kath 07:56 06:13 78 90
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 09:45 122 141
TomHerbert 08:00 09:32 119 138
john.brassey 08:23 06:10 73 84
vefatica vefatica 08:26 09:53 117 136
goblin 08:29 07:05 83 96
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 11:00 127 147
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 09:52 111 129
flashman flashman 11:48 09:53 83 96
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 10:45 72 83
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 16:46 100 116

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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