Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2513

Date 26 October 2023
Number 2513
Setter Teazel
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 104
Count of ref solvers 70
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2513

* 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 03:20 135 129
verlaine 02:35 02:41 103 99
mistigris 02:38 02:25 91 87
cmjhutton 02:44 02:14 81 77
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:31 89 85
Flimmy flammy 03:05 04:03 131 125
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 03:29 95 91
markdobell 03:46 04:36 122 117
Heyesey 03:48 04:01 105 100
Kinghedger 03:51 03:36 93 89
glheard 03:57 02:49 71 68
chriswords 04:11 05:02 120 115
lickert 04:11 04:47 114 109
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 05:09 121 116
AlanS 04:20 05:14 120 115
tilbee 04:21 04:35 105 100
MikeOsborne 04:22 04:22 100 96
patrickcates 04:26 03:10 71 68
nina s 04:26 04:58 112 107
lucyg43484 04:27 04:08 92 88
tiggis 04:27 05:40 127 122
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 03:59 88 84
canismiser 04:40 04:09 88 84
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:46 04:27 93 89
andrewlake 04:47 05:11 108 103
Ed freshpot 04:47 04:34 95 91
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:30 93 89
March 04:48 04:19 89 85
Ease This Jam 04:49 06:41 138 132
Honggui 04:50 04:10 86 82
Liari 04:54 04:35 93 89
Zander 05:01 04:59 99 95
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 07:30 148 142
Squallaby 05:08 05:26 105 100
neilr neilr 05:09 05:14 101 97
Tibthorpe 05:15 05:01 95 91
Aly Duncan 05:17 07:37 144 138
Penfold_61 05:17 04:30 85 81
daulbs 05:19 06:51 128 123
ChuckB 05:21 06:24 119 114
Spanna 05:23 05:11 96 92
esmeralda 05:23 05:33 103 99
mw7000 05:25 08:37 159 152
fshephe 05:25 04:22 80 76
george.plumbly 05:29 05:29 100 96
Rabbitoh 05:31 06:16 113 108
KET 05:31 06:31 118 113
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 05:39 99 95
Finzi 05:41 05:57 104 100
Looch 05:47 05:23 93 89
McBeak McBeak 05:51 07:14 123 118
cath23 05:51 04:28 76 73
Dzhigit 05:51 06:07 104 100
Carol 05:54 06:09 104 100
GeorgeTz 05:59 07:15 121 116
PGooden 05:59 06:45 112 107
MrChumley MrChumley 06:00 06:13 103 99
Crossiant 06:01 05:31 91 87
Tudds 06:05 06:06 100 96
Dofray 06:07 17:09 280 269
martinphillips 06:10 06:50 110 105
ilan 06:11 07:04 114 109
Curarist 06:15 05:49 93 89
earlylight 06:17 08:31 135 129
robinh 06:21 09:19 146 140
paul.whitehouse69 06:25 05:36 87 83
Gussie 06:27 06:47 105 100
James P 06:27 11:02 171 164
julian_w 06:30 09:18 143 137
uvofiz 06:32 06:08 93 89
Aloysius 06:32 09:20 142 136
Mike Mansbridge 06:33 07:57 121 116
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 08:53 135 129
Nangle 06:36 09:39 146 140
nigel 06:38 10:58 165 158
1234 06:45 08:17 122 117
Kalakuta72 06:48 07:56 116 111
Puzzleplease 06:50 08:53 130 125
alastair52 06:50 07:13 105 100
raincloud 06:53 10:16 149 143
DianeRS 06:53 04:52 70 67
maisiemae 06:57 08:31 122 117
endafk 06:57 07:44 111 106
John Arnold 06:59 08:36 123 118
Riche Riche 07:00 08:43 124 119
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:03 11:38 165 158
ChrisBrea 07:04 09:21 132 126
benedick 07:11 09:16 129 124
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 07:18 100 96
ulaca ulaca 07:18 07:32 103 99
plett11 Plett11 07:22 07:05 96 92
martinede 07:30 08:09 108 103
gsriordan52 07:38 07:46 101 97
Sheen 07:39 10:41 139 133
jaraab 07:50 08:54 113 108
mattindoha 07:55 07:12 90 86
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 07:52 98 94
TomHerbert 08:00 11:09 139 133
john.brassey 08:23 10:06 120 115
goblin 08:29 07:33 88 84
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 05:42 65 62
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 10:42 120 115
nigelmzzz 09:12 10:05 109 104
edwards.robert1 10:06 10:28 103 99
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 13:03 78 75

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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