Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2514

Date 27 October 2023
Number 2514
Setter Hurley
Day of week Friday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2514

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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
mohn 02:09 02:02 94 94
Jason 02:28 03:02 122 123
Paul Gilbert 02:28 02:33 103 104
verlaine 02:35 03:22 130 131
mistigris 02:38 02:33 96 96
cmjhutton 02:44 02:57 107 108
Flimmy flammy 03:05 03:08 101 102
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:38 02:16 62 62
markdobell 03:46 03:48 100 101
Heyesey 03:48 04:11 110 111
glheard 03:57 04:05 103 104
chriss 03:59 05:46 144 145
lickert 04:11 03:18 78 78
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:14 04:44 111 112
chindit 04:15 03:32 83 83
AlanS 04:20 04:29 103 104
tilbee 04:21 04:37 106 107
MikeOsborne 04:22 03:41 84 84
Roscoe 04:26 04:36 103 104
tiggis 04:27 03:31 79 79
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:30 07:18 162 163
canismiser 04:40 06:06 130 131
Umpire 04:43 05:30 116 117
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:46 05:01 105 106
Ed freshpot 04:47 03:43 77 77
andrewlake 04:47 05:28 114 115
LouWeed LouWeed 04:48 04:12 87 87
Ease This Jam 04:49 04:59 103 104
Honggui 04:50 03:53 80 80
Liari 04:54 05:05 103 104
MK76 04:57 06:43 135 136
Zander 05:01 06:07 121 122
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:04 04:39 91 91
Squallaby 05:08 05:27 106 107
neilr neilr 05:09 04:42 91 91
Aly Duncan 05:17 05:32 104 105
Penfold_61 05:17 05:00 94 94
footballblue 05:17 04:56 93 93
daulbs 05:19 03:49 71 71
ChuckB 05:21 05:46 107 108
esmeralda 05:23 05:07 95 95
fshephe 05:25 05:24 99 100
george.plumbly 05:29 05:37 102 103
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:22 97 97
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:40 04:00 70 70
Finzi 05:41 06:32 114 115
Looch 05:47 05:43 98 98
cath23 05:51 06:59 119 120
Dzhigit 05:51 05:32 94 94
McBeak McBeak 05:51 05:56 101 102
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:25 90 90
Mark Three 06:00 03:01 50 50
MrChumley MrChumley 06:00 07:03 117 118
Rosron 06:00 05:52 97 97
SlumdogEngineer 06:02 10:23 172 173
GMcD 06:02 05:38 93 93
hopkinb hopkinb 06:03 07:42 127 128
Dofray 06:07 12:11 199 201
ilan 06:11 06:03 97 97
earlylight 06:17 11:36 184 185
robinh 06:21 06:37 104 105
James P 06:27 06:25 99 100
julian_w 06:30 06:34 101 102
uvofiz 06:32 05:37 85 85
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:33 05:32 84 84
Mike Mansbridge 06:33 08:58 136 137
nigel 06:38 06:06 91 91
jon 06:42 06:44 100 101
1234 06:45 09:02 133 134
alastair52 06:50 07:38 111 112
Puzzleplease 06:50 05:01 73 73
Edprof 06:51 06:04 88 88
DianeRS 06:53 08:15 119 120
Dvynys Dvynys 06:56 06:05 87 87
maisiemae 06:57 08:35 123 124
John Arnold 06:59 08:48 126 127
ChrisBrea 07:04 07:37 107 108
benedick 07:11 07:44 107 108
johndun John Dunleavy 07:18 10:35 144 145
plett11 Plett11 07:22 08:20 113 114
Sheen 07:39 09:24 122 123
Deezzaa Deezzaa 07:44 07:36 98 98
jaraab 07:50 06:58 88 88
luxtonj61 07:51 07:02 89 89
crosswordian 07:53 08:01 101 102
mattindoha 07:55 07:35 95 95
kath 07:56 09:37 121 122
Templar Redux Templar 07:58 06:27 80 80
john.brassey 08:23 07:33 90 90
vefatica vefatica 08:26 08:29 100 101
goblin 08:29 08:36 101 102
vinyl12345 vinyl1 08:39 08:36 99 100
Mkgnao Mkgnao 08:53 08:06 91 91
nigelmzzz 09:12 08:06 88 88
edwards.robert1 10:06 09:49 97 97
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 13:37 92 92
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 11:40 70 70

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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