Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2524

Date 10 November 2023
Number 2524
Setter Felix
Day of week Friday
NITCH 101
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2524

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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 01:59 79 78
mistigris 02:35 02:48 108 106
verlaine 02:38 02:14 84 83
mauefw 02:44 02:26 89 88
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:21 84 83
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:45 89 88
Sheapey Sheapey 03:29 03:23 97 96
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 04:31 123 121
markdobell 03:43 03:10 85 84
Heyesey 03:46 03:08 83 82
Kinghedger 03:55 05:08 131 129
lickert 04:11 04:03 96 95
chriss 04:13 06:52 162 160
chindit 04:14 04:28 105 103
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:09 95 94
AlanS 04:22 04:02 92 91
tilbee 04:25 05:02 113 111
Roscoe 04:25 03:30 79 78
tiggis 04:29 04:53 108 106
lucyg43484 04:30 05:28 121 119
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:37 102 100
David Crooks 04:35 03:30 76 75
Umpire 04:38 04:34 98 97
alexh 04:43 04:53 103 101
Ed freshpot 04:46 04:44 99 98
Liari 04:47 04:58 103 101
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 05:59 125 123
March 04:48 03:32 73 72
andrewlake 04:48 03:25 71 70
nina s 04:49 06:50 141 139
MK76 04:51 04:26 91 90
andy 04:51 03:45 77 76
denislaw 04:52 05:58 122 120
Johninterred 04:54 04:11 85 84
Zander 05:06 07:07 139 137
Squallaby 05:08 04:52 94 93
Tibthorpe 05:17 06:06 115 113
Penfold_61 05:17 04:43 89 88
daulbs 05:19 03:36 67 66
fshephe 05:25 06:30 120 118
Rabbitoh 05:31 06:17 113 111
MossDef 05:36 05:10 92 91
Finzi 05:43 06:05 106 104
cath23 05:48 06:47 116 114
fishernick79 05:48 04:37 79 78
Looch 05:50 05:40 97 96
Rosron 05:53 05:50 99 98
McBeak McBeak 05:54 05:15 88 87
Dzhigit 05:55 06:29 109 107
Crossiant 05:57 08:17 139 137
Mark Three 05:58 02:37 43 42
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 05:11 86 85
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:56 99 98
Tudds 06:00 07:04 117 115
DunPangolin 06:02 06:17 104 102
PGooden 06:04 07:28 123 121
Freemers 06:07 05:53 96 95
GMcD 06:07 06:13 101 100
ilan 06:12 06:17 101 100
jimwetzler 06:19 06:24 101 100
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 05:04 79 78
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 06:07 94 93
Aloysius 06:29 07:52 121 119
rhi.andrew 06:30 06:48 104 102
robinh 06:31 07:28 114 112
uvofiz 06:38 06:41 100 99
martinphillips 06:38 06:43 101 100
LuckOfLucien 06:38 05:41 85 84
James P 06:39 07:15 109 107
Kalakuta72 06:43 07:57 118 116
Gussie 06:45 06:02 89 88
ratterz 06:49 06:54 101 100
Hodge21 06:53 08:38 125 123
jon 06:55 06:27 93 92
alastair52 07:00 13:35 194 192
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 08:16 116 114
John Arnold 07:08 08:17 116 114
martinede 07:24 08:28 114 112
raincloud 07:27 06:50 91 90
m5harp 07:30 11:12 149 147
ChrisBrea 07:32 07:14 96 95
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 07:26 98 97
barracuda barracuda 07:36 08:55 117 115
gsriordan52 07:44 09:46 126 124
ulaca ulaca 07:44 11:47 152 150
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 07:59 102 100
plett11 Plett11 07:50 08:48 112 110
kath 07:53 11:25 144 142
mattindoha 08:03 08:41 107 105
luxtonj61 08:05 07:51 97 96
TomHerbert 08:06 08:08 100 99
crosswordian 08:08 09:12 113 111
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 08:06 99 98
Sheen 08:20 08:16 99 98
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 07:49 93 92
goblin 08:35 08:46 102 100
john.brassey 08:36 11:47 137 135
Dofray 08:39 02:26 28 27
OldSolver 08:40 11:34 133 131
vefatica vefatica 08:46 07:44 88 87
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 09:44 106 104
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 09:39 105 103
JeffHobbs 09:29 09:36 101 100
Doyler 09:43 05:56 61 60
nigelmzzz 09:43 03:58 40 39
BertieVII 09:59 10:44 107 105
FelicityTT 10:08 11:33 113 111
Jeeves 10:14 10:05 98 97
Pendrov 10:27 10:44 102 100
alistair.boere 10:40 08:33 80 79
flashman flashman 11:48 20:45 175 173
suethepotterer 11:54 09:40 81 80
simjt simjt 12:05 13:18 110 108
hipponym 12:41 10:20 81 80
ezoredfox 13:50 13:19 96 95
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 26:41 160 158
maryht 20:52 18:47 90 89
mcfarl 38:21 40:27 105 103

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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