Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2510

Date 23 October 2023
Number 2510
Setter Mara
Day of week Monday
NITCH 106
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 10
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2510

* 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
mohn 02:09 02:22 110 103
Jason 02:28 02:17 92 86
Paul Gilbert 02:28 01:50 74 69
verlaine 02:35 02:33 98 92
cmjhutton 02:44 04:16 156 147
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:42 96 90
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:53 106 100
markdobell 03:46 04:43 125 117
Heyesey 03:48 03:24 89 83
glheard 03:57 03:39 92 86
chriss 03:59 03:58 99 93
Strober 04:10 04:02 96 90
lickert 04:11 03:31 84 79
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 03:50 90 84
PaulCooke 04:14 05:39 133 125
chindit 04:15 03:16 76 71
AlanS 04:20 04:44 109 102
tilbee 04:21 05:26 124 116
MikeOsborne 04:22 04:01 91 85
Roscoe 04:26 04:20 97 91
tiggis 04:27 04:22 98 92
lucyg43484 04:27 05:36 125 117
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 05:28 121 114
Jim Willis 04:42 05:10 109 102
Umpire 04:43 05:27 115 108
Ed freshpot 04:47 05:30 114 107
andrewlake 04:47 04:14 88 83
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 05:53 122 115
March 04:48 04:19 89 83
Ease This Jam 04:49 05:10 107 100
Honggui 04:50 05:16 108 101
andy 04:50 06:31 134 126
Liari 04:54 05:07 104 98
Zander 05:01 05:21 106 100
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 06:14 123 116
Squallaby 05:08 05:15 102 96
neilr neilr 05:09 05:02 97 91
andy_knott 05:14 06:20 121 114
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:48 110 103
Penfold_61 05:17 06:19 119 112
footballblue 05:17 02:11 41 38
Aly Duncan 05:17 04:31 85 80
daulbs 05:19 06:10 115 108
esmeralda 05:23 06:29 120 113
fshephe 05:25 07:38 140 132
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:20 78 73
Finzi 05:41 06:35 115 108
Dzhigit 05:51 05:59 102 96
Carol 05:54 06:28 109 102
cmcnsmith 05:56 07:04 119 112
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:57 06:34 110 103
Mark Three 06:00 02:46 46 43
Crossiant 06:01 09:07 151 142
martinphillips 06:10 09:09 148 139
ilan 06:11 05:31 89 83
Curarist 06:15 08:42 139 131
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:16 08:39 138 130
earlylight 06:17 06:08 97 91
jimwetzler 06:20 08:04 127 119
robinh 06:21 05:42 89 83
JMbrow29 06:23 05:10 80 75
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 07:19 114 107
Gussie 06:27 07:16 112 105
julian_w 06:30 08:18 127 119
Aloysius 06:32 06:27 98 92
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 13:18 203 191
Michael Dove 06:38 07:16 109 102
jon 06:42 09:04 135 127
1234 06:45 10:07 149 140
Puzzleplease 06:50 05:53 86 81
raincloud 06:53 09:32 138 130
endafk 06:57 07:57 114 107
Viscomte 06:59 06:22 91 85
John Arnold 06:59 07:45 110 103
Riche Riche 07:00 08:22 119 112
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 11:34 164 154
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:03 13:02 184 173
ChrisBrea 07:04 19:11 271 255
Yatton50 07:08 10:42 150 141
benedick 07:11 08:04 112 105
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 11:09 152 143
barracuda barracuda 07:21 11:15 153 144
plett11 Plett11 07:22 10:29 142 133
gsriordan52 07:38 07:08 93 87
jaraab 07:50 08:44 111 104
crosswordian 07:53 08:49 111 104
mattindoha 07:55 08:16 104 98
kath 07:56 09:06 114 107
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 10:01 125 117
TomHerbert 08:00 13:31 168 158
john.brassey 08:23 09:53 117 110
vefatica vefatica 08:26 10:31 124 116
BletchleyReject 08:27 11:00 130 122
goblin 08:29 09:59 117 110
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 10:29 121 114
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 08:35 96 90
edwards.robert1 10:06 09:22 92 86
flashman flashman 11:48 20:55 177 166
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 24:04 144 135

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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