Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2511

Date 24 October 2023
Number 2511
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 119
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2511

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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 02:20 94 78
verlaine 02:35 03:39 141 118
mistigris 02:38 02:23 90 75
cmjhutton 02:44 03:54 142 119
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 05:09 183 153
Flimmy flammy 03:05 03:00 97 81
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 05:22 147 123
markdobell 03:46 04:22 115 96
Heyesey 03:48 03:17 86 72
Kinghedger 03:51 06:13 161 135
glheard 03:57 04:16 108 90
chriss 03:59 04:39 116 97
Strober 04:10 03:40 88 73
lickert 04:11 05:56 141 118
PaulCooke 04:14 07:10 169 142
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:48 113 94
chindit 04:15 04:05 96 80
AlanS 04:20 04:08 95 79
tilbee 04:21 06:41 153 128
MikeOsborne 04:22 03:54 89 74
nina s 04:26 05:51 131 110
Roscoe 04:26 06:08 138 115
lucyg43484 04:27 05:14 117 98
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 04:05 90 75
canismiser 04:40 06:46 145 121
Umpire 04:43 05:14 110 92
Ed freshpot 04:47 04:04 85 71
andrewlake 04:47 06:39 139 116
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 05:39 117 98
March 04:48 04:24 91 76
Ease This Jam 04:49 08:45 181 152
Johninterred 04:54 06:10 125 105
Zander 05:01 06:50 136 114
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 04:22 86 72
Squallaby 05:08 06:12 120 100
andy_knott 05:14 05:43 109 91
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:04 96 80
daulbs 05:19 08:54 167 140
esmeralda 05:23 06:43 124 104
fshephe 05:25 05:26 100 84
george.plumbly 05:29 04:24 80 67
Rabbitoh 05:31 09:52 178 149
KET 05:31 08:02 145 121
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 08:09 143 120
Finzi 05:41 05:21 94 78
Looch 05:47 06:26 111 93
Dzhigit 05:51 08:21 142 119
McBeak McBeak 05:51 08:28 144 121
Shabbo 05:52 07:16 123 103
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:57 08:34 143 120
Mark Three 06:00 03:01 50 42
Rosron 06:00 06:10 102 85
Crossiant 06:01 07:42 127 106
GMcD 06:02 06:34 108 90
Tudds 06:05 06:53 113 94
DunPangolin 06:06 06:04 99 83
ilan 06:11 08:03 130 109
Curarist 06:15 07:11 114 95
Wyn Lewis Wyn Lewis 06:16 12:33 200 168
earlylight 06:17 14:50 236 198
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 10:39 165 138
James P 06:27 06:47 105 88
julian_w 06:30 05:41 87 73
uvofiz 06:32 07:06 108 90
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 12:37 192 161
jon 06:42 09:53 147 123
alastair52 06:50 12:09 177 148
Puzzleplease 06:50 08:32 124 104
DianeRS 06:53 08:15 119 100
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 12:16 176 147
maisiemae 06:57 09:49 141 118
endafk 06:57 07:09 102 85
Riche Riche 07:00 06:30 92 77
Corymbia Corymbia 07:03 09:14 130 109
benedick 07:11 07:10 99 83
barracuda barracuda 07:21 04:15 57 47
plett11 Plett11 07:22 08:03 109 91
gsriordan52 07:38 08:45 114 95
Sheen 07:39 12:55 168 141
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 11:51 153 128
jaraab 07:50 07:33 96 80
luxtonj61 07:51 10:27 133 111
crosswordian 07:53 11:18 143 120
mattindoha 07:55 08:28 106 89
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 08:04 101 84
TomHerbert 08:00 09:13 115 96
john.brassey 08:23 12:05 144 121
goblin 08:29 09:33 112 94
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 14:00 157 131
nigelmzzz 09:12 14:40 159 133
edwards.robert1 10:06 10:17 101 84
flashman flashman 11:48 17:34 148 124
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 10:24 62 52

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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