Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2521

Date 07 November 2023
Number 2521
Setter Teazel
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 92
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2521

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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
Paul Gilbert 02:30 03:04 122 132
mistigris 02:35 02:22 91 98
verlaine 02:38 03:03 115 125
hilarym 02:43 03:11 117 127
cmjhutton 02:44 02:21 85 92
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 03:31 126 136
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:10 70 76
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 04:26 120 130
markdobell 03:43 03:33 95 103
Heyesey 03:46 02:39 70 76
Kinghedger 03:55 03:55 100 108
glheard 03:56 04:07 104 113
lickert 04:11 02:35 61 66
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 03:41 87 94
chriss 04:13 03:30 83 90
chindit 04:14 04:21 102 110
xyster 04:17 03:48 88 95
AlanS 04:22 04:35 104 113
Roscoe 04:25 04:14 95 103
tiggis 04:29 03:38 81 88
lucyg43484 04:30 04:23 97 105
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 03:16 72 78
Umpire 04:38 04:54 105 114
d.middleton 04:43 05:09 109 118
alexh 04:43 04:57 104 113
Ed freshpot 04:46 04:13 88 95
Liari 04:47 04:57 103 111
Jim Willis 04:48 04:28 93 101
andrewlake 04:48 03:50 79 85
nina s 04:49 03:51 79 85
MK76 04:51 04:16 87 94
andy 04:51 03:52 79 85
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 06:20 130 141
denislaw 04:52 04:06 84 91
Johninterred 04:54 03:48 77 83
Honggui 04:55 05:21 108 117
Zander 05:06 04:55 96 104
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 04:53 95 103
neilr neilr 05:09 04:04 78 84
Eddddddd 05:10 05:56 114 123
Aly Duncan 05:13 05:30 105 114
andy_knott 05:15 05:52 111 120
Tibthorpe 05:17 04:51 91 98
daulbs 05:19 05:13 98 106
ChuckB 05:22 05:30 102 110
fshephe 05:25 05:16 97 105
george.plumbly 05:26 04:40 85 92
esmeralda 05:28 06:39 121 131
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:50 87 94
MossDef 05:36 06:09 109 118
admin 05:41 06:10 108 117
Finzi 05:43 05:17 92 100
fishernick79 05:48 05:20 91 98
Looch 05:50 05:24 92 100
McBeak McBeak 05:54 05:57 100 108
Dzhigit 05:55 06:18 106 115
Crossiant 05:57 05:36 94 102
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 05:36 93 101
Mark Three 05:58 02:21 39 42
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:57 99 107
Shabbo 06:00 05:14 87 94
Tudds 06:00 04:10 69 75
DunPangolin 06:02 05:56 98 106
PGooden 06:04 05:41 93 101
GMcD 06:07 04:42 76 82
Freemers 06:07 04:47 78 84
ilan 06:12 05:50 94 102
Curarist 06:19 06:22 100 108
jimwetzler 06:19 05:22 84 91
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 07:46 120 130
robinh 06:31 07:27 114 123
earlylight 06:33 12:16 187 203
julian_w 06:34 08:42 132 143
uvofiz 06:38 07:11 108 117
James P 06:39 07:08 107 116
Mike Mansbridge 06:39 06:23 95 103
Kalakuta72 06:43 05:51 87 94
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 06:04 88 95
Viscomte 06:51 05:55 86 93
jon 06:55 04:08 59 64
Puzzleplease 06:57 08:55 128 139
alastair52 07:00 07:31 107 116
endafk 07:03 04:52 69 75
maisiemae 07:06 06:50 96 104
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 06:30 91 98
John Arnold 07:08 07:49 109 118
DianeRS 07:10 07:05 98 106
benedick 07:14 06:58 96 104
raincloud 07:27 13:33 181 196
nigel 07:29 07:08 95 103
m5harp 07:30 08:10 108 117
ChrisBrea 07:32 06:29 86 93
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 07:16 96 104
frost 07:34 06:47 89 96
gsriordan52 07:44 06:13 80 86
ulaca ulaca 07:44 08:06 104 113
jaraab 07:49 07:03 90 97
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 07:43 98 106
plett11 Plett11 07:50 06:48 86 93
kath 07:53 07:10 90 97
mattindoha 08:03 08:16 102 110
luxtonj61 08:05 07:22 91 98
crosswordian 08:08 07:28 91 98
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 06:45 80 86
goblin 08:35 08:22 97 105
john.brassey 08:36 07:20 85 92
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 08:48 95 103
JeffHobbs 09:29 08:56 94 102
nigelmzzz 09:43 06:08 63 68
Doyler 09:43 08:00 82 89
BertieVII 09:59 08:59 89 96
FelicityTT 10:08 07:02 69 75
edwards.robert1 10:08 09:26 93 101
alistair.boere 10:40 15:22 144 156
jackk.larg 10:45 06:49 63 68
Rozz 11:12 11:57 106 115
flashman flashman 11:48 09:50 83 90
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 10:15 86 93
suethepotterer 11:54 11:50 99 107
simjt simjt 12:05 12:25 102 110
hipponym 12:41 13:50 109 118
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 10:38 82 89
ezoredfox 13:50 07:59 57 61
pfalloon 14:56 06:13 41 44
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 12:09 73 79
maryht 20:52 17:39 84 91
mcfarl 38:21 50:14 130 141

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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