Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2520

Date 06 November 2023
Number 2520
Setter Joker
Day of week Monday
NITCH 66
Count of ref solvers 68
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2520

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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 01:50 85 128
Paul Gilbert 02:30 01:43 68 103
mistigris 02:35 01:53 72 109
verlaine 02:38 02:42 102 154
hilarym 02:43 01:34 57 86
cmjhutton 02:44 01:43 62 93
mauefw 02:44 02:02 74 112
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:16 73 110
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 02:27 66 100
markdobell 03:43 02:18 61 92
Heyesey 03:46 01:55 50 75
Kinghedger 03:55 02:31 64 96
glheard 03:56 03:28 88 133
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 02:46 65 98
chriss 04:13 02:39 62 93
patrickcates 04:14 02:46 65 98
chindit 04:14 03:17 77 116
MikeOsborne 04:21 02:16 52 78
AlanS 04:22 04:25 101 153
tilbee 04:25 03:21 75 113
Roscoe 04:25 04:31 102 154
tiggis 04:29 02:52 63 95
lucyg43484 04:30 03:10 70 106
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 03:14 71 107
David Crooks 04:35 04:02 88 133
Umpire 04:38 02:34 55 83
canismiser 04:39 02:42 58 87
alexh 04:43 03:01 63 95
d.middleton 04:43 04:19 91 137
Ed freshpot 04:46 03:18 69 104
Liari 04:47 02:59 62 93
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 03:01 63 95
Jim Willis 04:48 02:54 60 90
March 04:48 03:14 67 101
andrewlake 04:48 03:22 70 106
nina s 04:49 04:03 84 127
MK76 04:51 02:29 51 77
andy 04:51 02:56 60 90
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 04:48 98 148
denislaw 04:52 03:51 79 119
Johninterred 04:54 05:21 109 165
Honggui 04:55 03:40 74 112
Zander 05:06 05:02 98 148
Ease This Jam 05:08 02:55 56 84
Squallaby 05:08 03:25 66 100
Eddddddd 05:10 02:55 56 84
Aly Duncan 05:13 03:45 71 107
Paul Bacon 05:15 03:41 70 106
Tibthorpe 05:17 04:32 85 128
Penfold_61 05:17 03:29 65 98
ChuckB 05:22 03:25 63 95
fshephe 05:25 02:51 52 78
george.plumbly 05:26 05:06 93 140
esmeralda 05:28 02:26 44 66
mw7000 05:29 03:34 65 98
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:11 93 140
KET 05:31 04:36 83 125
MossDef 05:36 03:31 62 93
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 05:34 98 148
Finzi 05:43 05:09 90 136
Looch 05:50 04:13 72 109
Rosron 05:53 03:32 60 90
McBeak McBeak 05:54 03:46 63 95
Dzhigit 05:55 05:08 86 130
Carol 05:55 04:04 68 103
Crossiant 05:57 03:35 60 90
Mark Three 05:58 02:13 37 56
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 05:56 99 150
GeorgeTz 05:59 04:36 76 115
Shabbo 06:00 05:30 91 137
Tudds 06:00 04:57 82 124
cmcnsmith 06:00 05:44 95 143
DunPangolin 06:02 03:44 61 92
MrChumley MrChumley 06:02 04:15 70 106
PGooden 06:04 04:39 76 115
Freemers 06:07 05:00 81 122
GMcD 06:07 07:07 116 175
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 06:11 04:23 70 106
ilan 06:12 05:03 81 122
Curarist 06:19 04:59 78 118
jimwetzler 06:19 04:35 72 109
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 03:16 51 77
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 05:46 90 136
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 03:27 53 80
Aloysius 06:29 03:38 56 84
robinh 06:31 05:55 90 136
julian_w 06:34 03:49 58 87
Michael Dove 06:35 03:30 53 80
LuckOfLucien 06:38 03:51 58 87
uvofiz 06:38 03:44 56 84
martinphillips 06:38 03:51 58 87
Nangle 06:43 07:36 113 171
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 04:34 66 100
Viscomte 06:51 04:18 62 93
jon 06:55 03:48 54 81
Puzzleplease 06:57 04:03 58 87
alastair52 07:00 06:25 91 137
endafk 07:03 03:55 55 83
timbo 07:05 06:49 96 145
maisiemae 07:06 05:33 78 118
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 05:52 82 124
Riche Riche 07:09 06:05 85 128
DianeRS 07:10 05:03 70 106
raincloud 07:27 04:44 63 95
nigel 07:29 04:07 55 83
m5harp 07:30 04:59 66 100
ChrisBrea 07:32 05:33 73 110
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 04:18 56 84
barracuda barracuda 07:36 07:14 95 143
gsriordan52 07:44 07:40 99 150
ulaca ulaca 07:44 06:20 81 122
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 05:01 64 96
jaraab 07:49 06:33 83 125
plett11 Plett11 07:50 05:31 70 106
kath 07:53 06:36 83 125
mattindoha 08:03 06:36 81 122
TomHerbert 08:06 05:07 63 95
crosswordian 08:08 06:18 77 116
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 06:06 74 112
Sheen 08:20 06:24 76 115
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 04:53 58 87
goblin 08:35 07:00 81 122
john.brassey 08:36 06:30 75 113
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 07:17 80 121
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 06:44 73 110
JeffHobbs 09:29 05:31 58 87
Doyler 09:43 04:44 48 72
BertieVII 09:59 08:01 80 121
FelicityTT 10:08 05:47 57 86
Pendrov 10:27 06:34 62 93
alistair.boere 10:40 10:26 97 146
Rozz 11:12 07:49 69 104
flashman flashman 11:48 08:08 68 103
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 07:56 66 100
suethepotterer 11:54 07:23 62 93
simjt simjt 12:05 07:22 60 90
hipponym 12:41 05:20 42 63
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 09:06 70 106
Nuck_the_king 15:11 10:33 69 104
maryht 20:52 07:37 36 54
mcfarl 38:21 21:17 55 83

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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