Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2515

Date 30 October 2023
Number 2515
Setter Trelawney
Day of week Monday
NITCH 69
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2515

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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 01:40 77 111
Jason 02:28 01:59 80 115
Paul Gilbert 02:30 01:26 57 82
mistigris 02:35 02:06 81 117
verlaine 02:38 01:54 72 104
cmjhutton 02:44 01:39 60 86
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 01:46 63 91
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:09 70 101
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 02:10 59 85
markdobell 03:43 02:40 71 102
Heyesey 03:46 02:56 77 111
joelhames 04:00 03:21 83 120
Strober 04:10 05:54 141 204
lickert 04:11 03:29 83 120
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:17 101 146
chriss 04:13 03:07 73 105
patrickcates 04:14 03:11 75 108
chindit 04:14 03:11 75 108
xyster 04:17 03:47 88 127
PaulCooke 04:20 04:29 103 149
MikeOsborne 04:21 02:29 57 82
AlanS 04:22 03:48 87 126
tilbee 04:25 03:51 87 126
Roscoe 04:25 03:24 76 110
tiggis 04:29 03:06 69 100
lucyg43484 04:30 03:08 69 100
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 03:10 70 101
John Walsh 04:38 04:12 90 130
Umpire 04:38 02:42 58 84
canismiser 04:39 03:20 71 102
d.middleton 04:43 04:11 88 127
alexh 04:43 03:18 69 100
Ed freshpot 04:46 03:15 68 98
Liari 04:47 02:59 62 89
andrewlake 04:48 03:32 73 105
Jim Willis 04:48 02:58 61 88
nina s 04:49 04:00 83 120
MK76 04:51 02:53 59 85
andy 04:51 03:26 70 101
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 03:42 76 110
Johninterred 04:54 04:07 84 121
Honggui 04:55 03:07 63 91
Zander 05:06 03:36 70 101
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 04:02 78 113
Squallaby 05:08 03:45 73 105
Ease This Jam 05:08 02:40 51 73
neilr neilr 05:09 04:15 82 118
Eddddddd 05:10 03:50 74 107
footballblue 05:10 05:30 106 153
Aly Duncan 05:13 04:01 76 110
andy_knott 05:15 04:10 79 114
Paul Bacon 05:15 04:29 85 123
Tibthorpe 05:17 05:23 101 146
daulbs 05:19 03:23 63 91
ChuckB 05:22 05:01 93 134
fshephe 05:25 03:57 72 104
george.plumbly 05:26 04:37 84 121
esmeralda 05:28 03:35 65 94
KET 05:31 04:21 78 113
MossDef 05:36 03:57 70 101
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 03:47 66 95
Finzi 05:43 05:18 92 133
fishernick79 05:48 02:38 45 65
Looch 05:50 03:03 52 75
McBeak McBeak 05:54 03:15 55 79
Dzhigit 05:55 04:05 69 100
Crossiant 05:57 04:20 72 104
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 04:39 77 111
Mark Three 05:58 03:02 50 72
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:27 91 131
cmcnsmith 06:00 04:50 80 115
Shabbo 06:00 04:29 74 107
Tudds 06:00 04:40 77 111
DunPangolin 06:02 04:57 82 118
Freemers 06:07 04:58 81 117
GMcD 06:07 04:15 69 100
ilan 06:12 06:03 97 140
Julian Forbes 06:17 05:44 91 131
Curarist 06:19 04:32 71 102
jimwetzler 06:19 04:06 64 92
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 04:03 63 91
tds 06:27 05:20 82 118
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 04:20 67 97
Aloysius 06:29 05:41 87 126
earlylight 06:33 07:09 109 157
Michael Dove 06:35 03:04 46 66
LuckOfLucien 06:38 04:02 60 86
martinphillips 06:38 04:13 63 91
uvofiz 06:38 05:32 83 120
James P 06:39 04:20 65 94
Mike Mansbridge 06:39 04:01 60 86
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 03:58 58 84
jon 06:55 04:39 67 97
Puzzleplease 06:57 04:45 68 98
alastair52 07:00 05:54 84 121
endafk 07:03 04:41 66 95
1234 07:04 06:12 87 126
maisiemae 07:06 05:55 83 120
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 04:16 59 85
John Arnold 07:08 05:16 73 105
Riche Riche 07:09 04:20 60 86
DianeRS 07:10 04:44 66 95
ChrisBrea 07:32 04:38 61 88
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 05:00 66 95
barracuda barracuda 07:36 06:14 82 118
ulaca ulaca 07:44 04:51 62 89
gsriordan52 07:44 05:39 73 105
jaraab 07:49 06:09 78 113
plett11 Plett11 07:50 05:15 67 97
cheryllayne cheryllayne 07:51 06:05 77 111
kath 07:53 06:47 86 124
mattindoha 08:03 06:55 85 123
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 08:17 101 146
Sheen 08:20 06:33 78 113
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 06:36 79 114
goblin 08:35 06:10 71 102
john.brassey 08:36 05:41 66 95
OldSolver 08:40 05:06 58 84
vefatica vefatica 08:46 06:45 76 110
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 08:53 97 140
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 06:17 68 98
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 08:20 89 128
Doyler 09:43 07:20 75 108
BertieVII 09:59 09:16 92 133
wwicksteed 10:30 05:48 55 79
suethepotterer 11:54 07:56 66 95
simjt simjt 12:05 08:18 68 98
hipponym 12:41 07:17 57 82
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 08:23 65 94
Nuck_the_king 15:11 05:05 33 47
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 11:06 66 95
maryht 20:52 12:35 60 86
mcfarl 38:21 25:12 65 94

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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