Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2519

Date 03 November 2023
Number 2519
Setter Breadman
Day of week Friday
NITCH 141
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2519

* 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 02:30 03:27 138 97
mistigris 02:35 02:54 112 79
verlaine 02:38 04:47 181 128
mauefw 02:44 03:07 114 80
cmjhutton 02:44 02:58 108 76
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 04:12 150 106
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:31 114 80
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 07:51 214 151
Heyesey 03:46 06:38 176 124
lickert 04:11 04:41 111 78
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 06:58 165 117
chriss 04:13 04:18 101 71
xyster 04:17 05:04 118 83
AlanS 04:22 05:39 129 91
tilbee 04:25 05:19 120 85
tiggis 04:29 06:30 144 102
lucyg43484 04:30 06:49 151 107
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 05:01 111 78
Umpire 04:38 04:41 101 71
alexh 04:43 06:01 127 90
Ed freshpot 04:46 08:36 180 127
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 06:21 132 93
Liari 04:47 05:37 117 82
andrewlake 04:48 07:17 151 107
Jim Willis 04:48 06:18 131 92
March 04:48 07:14 150 106
nina s 04:49 02:50 58 41
Zander 05:06 07:41 150 106
Squallaby 05:08 06:56 135 95
Ease This Jam 05:08 10:47 210 148
neilr neilr 05:09 06:49 132 93
Eddddddd 05:10 07:21 142 100
andy_knott 05:15 05:38 107 75
Penfold_61 05:17 07:34 143 101
daulbs 05:19 10:29 197 139
fshephe 05:25 07:33 139 98
esmeralda 05:28 08:11 149 105
mw7000 05:29 07:16 132 93
Rabbitoh 05:31 09:27 171 121
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 09:02 159 112
Finzi 05:43 06:34 114 80
Looch 05:50 10:18 176 124
McBeak McBeak 05:54 07:56 134 95
Dzhigit 05:55 08:05 136 96
Carol 05:55 08:43 147 104
Crossiant 05:57 12:09 204 144
Mark Three 05:58 03:01 50 35
Shabbo 06:00 08:45 145 102
Tudds 06:00 08:46 146 103
DunPangolin 06:02 08:07 134 95
GMcD 06:07 11:44 191 135
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 12:54 203 143
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 08:03 125 88
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 11:42 180 127
earlylight 06:33 10:43 163 115
LuckOfLucien 06:38 11:13 169 119
martinphillips 06:38 11:46 177 125
James P 06:39 08:29 127 90
Nangle 06:43 09:27 140 99
ratterz 06:49 12:29 183 129
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 09:42 141 100
Hodge21 06:53 13:08 190 134
jon 06:55 08:48 127 90
Puzzleplease 06:57 10:48 155 109
timbo 07:05 10:31 148 104
maisiemae 07:06 15:33 219 155
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 10:35 148 104
John Arnold 07:08 11:02 154 109
raincloud 07:27 14:41 197 139
nigel 07:29 15:29 206 146
ChrisBrea 07:32 09:44 129 91
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 11:47 156 110
frost 07:34 11:17 149 105
barracuda barracuda 07:36 07:55 104 73
Yatton50 07:43 26:11 339 240
ulaca ulaca 07:44 11:36 150 106
gsriordan52 07:44 07:54 102 72
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 17:49 227 160
plett11 Plett11 07:50 14:11 181 128
mattindoha 08:03 12:48 159 112
crosswordian 08:08 13:01 160 113
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 07:39 93 65
Sheen 08:20 08:47 105 74
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 09:48 117 82
goblin 08:35 12:40 147 104
john.brassey 08:36 11:15 130 92
OldSolver 08:40 12:47 147 104
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 09:25 102 72
nigelmzzz 09:43 12:28 128 90
Doyler 09:43 13:42 140 99
BertieVII 09:59 13:19 133 94
FelicityTT 10:08 20:44 204 144
Jeeves 10:14 14:17 139 98
wwicksteed 10:30 10:28 99 70
jackk.larg 10:45 08:49 82 58
Rozz 11:12 13:30 120 85
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 15:16 128 90
suethepotterer 11:54 12:39 106 75
simjt simjt 12:05 16:09 133 94
hipponym 12:41 11:42 92 65
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 17:30 136 96
ezoredfox 13:50 25:36 185 131
pfalloon 14:56 17:41 118 83
mcfarl 38:21 54:24 141 100

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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