Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2516

Date 31 October 2023
Number 2516
Setter Wurm
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 91
Count of ref solvers 70
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2516

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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 01:44 80 87
Jason 02:28 01:58 79 86
verlaine 02:38 03:18 125 137
cmjhutton 02:44 02:16 82 90
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:39 95 104
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:25 111 121
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 03:57 107 117
markdobell 03:43 03:36 96 105
Heyesey 03:46 03:02 80 87
Kinghedger 03:55 03:46 96 105
glheard 03:56 03:24 86 94
lickert 04:11 03:39 87 95
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 03:50 91 100
chriss 04:13 04:35 108 118
chindit 04:14 03:17 77 84
xyster 04:17 04:07 96 105
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:57 113 124
AlanS 04:22 04:10 95 104
Roscoe 04:25 03:53 87 95
tilbee 04:25 04:03 91 100
tiggis 04:29 04:12 93 102
lucyg43484 04:30 03:38 80 87
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 03:41 81 89
Umpire 04:38 04:18 92 101
alexh 04:43 05:37 119 130
d.middleton 04:43 04:30 95 104
Ed freshpot 04:46 04:00 83 91
Liari 04:47 04:46 99 108
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 05:02 105 115
andrewlake 04:48 05:16 109 119
March 04:48 04:48 100 109
nina s 04:49 05:09 106 116
andy 04:51 04:07 84 92
MK76 04:51 04:49 99 108
Honggui 04:55 04:35 93 102
Zander 05:06 05:57 116 127
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 04:38 90 98
Squallaby 05:08 04:10 81 89
Ease This Jam 05:08 05:23 104 114
neilr neilr 05:09 05:08 99 108
Paul Bacon 05:15 05:08 97 106
Tibthorpe 05:17 04:22 82 90
daulbs 05:19 04:31 84 92
ChuckB 05:22 05:18 98 107
fshephe 05:25 05:17 97 106
george.plumbly 05:26 05:27 100 109
esmeralda 05:28 05:45 105 115
MossDef 05:36 04:45 84 92
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 04:28 79 86
Finzi 05:43 05:41 99 108
fishernick79 05:48 05:44 98 107
Looch 05:50 05:33 95 104
Rosron 05:53 05:03 85 93
McBeak McBeak 05:54 06:48 115 126
Dzhigit 05:55 04:47 80 87
Crossiant 05:57 05:12 87 95
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 06:18 105 115
Mark Three 05:58 02:44 45 49
Shabbo 06:00 07:23 123 135
cmcnsmith 06:00 06:53 114 125
Tudds 06:00 05:25 90 98
DunPangolin 06:02 07:01 116 127
GMcD 06:07 05:52 95 104
ilan 06:12 06:46 109 119
jimwetzler 06:19 06:35 104 114
Curarist 06:19 07:02 111 121
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 05:30 86 94
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 03:53 60 65
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 05:42 88 96
Aloysius 06:29 05:30 84 92
robinh 06:31 05:09 79 86
earlylight 06:33 05:32 84 92
julian_w 06:34 05:53 89 97
Michael Dove 06:35 05:40 86 94
LuckOfLucien 06:38 06:13 93 102
martinphillips 06:38 06:26 96 105
uvofiz 06:38 08:01 120 131
James P 06:39 04:33 68 74
Kalakuta72 06:43 04:55 73 80
Nangle 06:43 07:17 108 118
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 07:50 114 125
jon 06:55 05:37 81 89
Puzzleplease 06:57 07:27 107 117
alastair52 07:00 08:06 115 126
endafk 07:03 05:59 84 92
maisiemae 07:06 07:33 106 116
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 07:59 112 123
John Arnold 07:08 07:28 104 114
Riche Riche 07:09 05:31 77 84
benedick 07:14 06:48 94 103
nigel 07:29 06:03 80 87
ChrisBrea 07:32 07:36 100 109
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 07:27 98 107
barracuda barracuda 07:36 07:14 95 104
Andrew Whiffin 07:44 06:26 83 91
gsriordan52 07:44 06:28 83 91
jaraab 07:49 06:58 89 97
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 08:25 107 117
plett11 Plett11 07:50 07:48 99 108
kath 07:53 05:57 75 82
mattindoha 08:03 08:58 111 121
luxtonj61 08:05 06:30 80 87
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 06:19 77 84
Sheen 08:20 10:04 120 131
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 11:03 132 145
BletchleyReject 08:27 02:00 23 25
goblin 08:35 09:02 105 115
john.brassey 08:36 08:30 98 107
vefatica vefatica 08:46 09:29 108 118
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 07:22 80 87
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 07:28 81 89
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 07:45 82 90
JeffHobbs 09:29 15:19 161 176
nigelmzzz 09:43 10:13 105 115
FelicityTT 10:08 07:56 78 85
Jeeves 10:14 09:47 95 104
wwicksteed 10:30 07:17 69 75
alistair.boere 10:40 10:36 99 108
jackk.larg 10:45 13:27 125 137
suethepotterer 11:54 12:40 106 116
simjt simjt 12:05 14:28 119 130
hipponym 12:41 12:29 98 107
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 10:11 79 86
ezoredfox 13:50 18:05 130 142
Nuck_the_king 15:11 08:17 54 59
maryht 20:52 20:06 96 105
mcfarl 38:21 51:54 135 148

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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