Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2517

Date 01 November 2023
Number 2517
Setter Pedro
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 95
Count of ref solvers 74
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2517

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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 02:06 97 102
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:19 92 96
mistigris 02:35 02:14 86 90
verlaine 02:38 03:19 125 131
cmjhutton 02:44 02:12 80 84
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:15 80 84
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:02 98 103
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 02:47 75 78
markdobell 03:43 03:32 95 100
Heyesey 03:46 03:48 100 105
Kinghedger 03:55 04:40 119 125
glheard 03:56 02:59 75 78
lickert 04:11 03:38 86 90
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:07 98 103
chriss 04:13 04:40 110 115
chindit 04:14 04:08 97 102
xyster 04:17 04:28 104 109
MikeOsborne 04:21 05:31 126 132
AlanS 04:22 04:11 95 100
tilbee 04:25 03:47 85 89
Roscoe 04:25 04:07 93 97
tiggis 04:29 04:05 91 95
lucyg43484 04:30 06:47 150 157
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 03:41 81 85
David Crooks 04:35 03:43 81 85
John Walsh 04:38 04:43 101 106
canismiser 04:39 03:25 73 76
alexh 04:43 03:38 77 81
Ed freshpot 04:46 05:05 106 111
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 05:20 111 116
March 04:48 04:57 103 108
Jim Willis 04:48 03:55 81 85
andrewlake 04:48 05:18 110 115
nina s 04:49 06:31 135 142
andy 04:51 05:32 114 120
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 04:25 91 95
Johninterred 04:54 04:44 96 101
Zander 05:06 03:42 72 75
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 05:47 113 118
Squallaby 05:08 05:16 102 107
Ease This Jam 05:08 05:02 98 103
neilr neilr 05:09 04:49 93 97
Eddddddd 05:10 04:23 84 88
footballblue 05:10 05:29 106 111
Aly Duncan 05:13 05:30 105 110
Penfold_61 05:17 05:15 99 104
Tibthorpe 05:17 05:04 95 100
daulbs 05:19 06:29 121 127
fshephe 05:25 05:10 95 100
george.plumbly 05:26 07:52 144 151
esmeralda 05:28 05:14 95 100
mw7000 05:29 04:34 83 87
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:42 85 89
MossDef 05:36 05:20 95 100
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 05:58 105 110
Finzi 05:43 06:03 105 110
fishernick79 05:48 05:02 86 90
Looch 05:50 04:50 82 86
Rosron 05:53 06:50 116 122
McBeak McBeak 05:54 06:23 108 113
Carol 05:55 05:25 91 95
Dzhigit 05:55 06:49 115 121
Crossiant 05:57 05:23 90 94
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 06:30 108 113
Mark Three 05:58 03:01 50 52
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:54 98 103
Tudds 06:00 05:56 98 103
DunPangolin 06:02 01:54 31 32
PGooden 06:04 06:26 106 111
Freemers 06:07 04:08 67 70
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:11 05:24 87 91
ilan 06:12 05:48 93 97
Curarist 06:19 07:35 120 126
jimwetzler 06:19 06:45 106 111
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 08:00 125 131
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 10:00 156 164
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 07:46 120 126
earlylight 06:33 06:36 100 105
julian_w 06:34 03:45 57 60
uvofiz 06:38 06:48 102 107
LuckOfLucien 06:38 06:26 96 101
martinphillips 06:38 07:55 119 125
James P 06:39 06:53 103 108
Nangle 06:43 06:02 89 93
Gussie 06:45 08:25 124 130
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 09:51 144 151
Viscomte 06:51 06:55 100 105
Hodge21 06:53 06:44 97 102
jon 06:55 07:45 112 117
Puzzleplease 06:57 07:51 112 117
Edprof 06:57 07:14 104 109
endafk 07:03 04:32 64 67
maisiemae 07:06 11:07 156 164
John Arnold 07:08 06:41 93 97
Riche Riche 07:09 06:07 85 89
martinede 07:24 10:36 143 150
ChrisBrea 07:32 06:03 80 84
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 08:34 113 118
frost 07:34 07:10 94 98
barracuda barracuda 07:36 07:22 96 101
Yatton50 07:43 05:51 75 78
gsriordan52 07:44 06:04 78 82
ulaca ulaca 07:44 10:13 132 138
jaraab 07:49 07:40 98 103
plett11 Plett11 07:50 07:54 100 105
kath 07:53 09:43 123 129
mattindoha 08:03 09:53 122 128
TomHerbert 08:06 06:50 84 88
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 06:06 74 77
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 09:07 109 114
goblin 08:35 07:38 88 92
john.brassey 08:36 09:19 108 113
Dofray 08:39 16:40 192 202
vefatica vefatica 08:46 08:18 94 98
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 10:53 119 125
nigelmzzz 09:43 08:30 87 91
Doyler 09:43 07:51 80 84
BertieVII 09:59 09:34 95 100
Jeeves 10:14 08:22 81 85
Pendrov 10:27 08:48 84 88
wwicksteed 10:30 09:42 92 96
alistair.boere 10:40 12:32 117 123
Rozz 11:12 07:23 65 68
suethepotterer 11:54 08:56 75 78
simjt simjt 12:05 10:55 90 94
hipponym 12:41 09:40 76 80
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 13:39 106 111
ezoredfox 13:50 21:19 154 162
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 15:23 104 109
maryht 20:52 18:53 90 94
mcfarl 38:21 35:48 93 97

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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