Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2525

Date 13 November 2023
Number 2525
Setter Oink
Day of week Monday
NITCH 83
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 10
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2525

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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 01:40 77 92
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:04 82 98
mistigris 02:35 02:07 81 97
verlaine 02:38 02:29 94 113
hilarym 02:43 01:56 71 85
cmjhutton 02:44 01:51 67 80
mauefw 02:44 02:59 109 131
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:53 103 124
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:29 80 96
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 02:45 75 90
markdobell 03:43 02:45 73 87
Heyesey 03:46 02:51 75 90
glheard 03:56 03:13 81 97
joelhames 04:00 03:21 83 100
Strober 04:10 04:22 104 125
lickert 04:11 03:09 75 90
chriswords 04:13 04:45 112 134
patrickcates 04:14 02:54 68 81
xyster 04:17 02:55 68 81
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:50 88 106
tilbee 04:25 03:32 80 96
Roscoe 04:25 04:16 96 115
lucyg43484 04:30 03:21 74 89
trux 04:30 03:33 78 93
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 03:44 82 98
canismiser 04:39 04:04 87 104
d.middleton 04:43 05:03 107 128
Ed freshpot 04:46 04:32 95 114
Liari 04:47 04:00 83 100
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 04:30 94 113
andrewlake 04:48 04:52 101 121
March 04:48 05:13 108 130
MK76 04:51 05:17 108 130
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 05:02 103 124
andy 04:51 05:39 116 139
Johninterred 04:54 04:10 85 102
Zander 05:06 03:24 66 79
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 06:08 119 143
Ease This Jam 05:08 03:39 71 85
Squallaby 05:08 04:04 79 95
Eddddddd 05:10 04:52 94 113
footballblue 05:10 05:30 106 127
Paul Bacon 05:15 04:03 77 92
andy_knott 05:15 05:03 96 115
Tibthorpe 05:17 04:46 90 108
Penfold_61 05:17 05:07 96 115
daulbs 05:19 03:23 63 75
Spanna 05:25 05:10 95 114
fshephe 05:25 05:38 104 125
Dekkers 05:27 04:36 84 101
esmeralda 05:28 03:45 68 81
KET 05:31 04:23 79 95
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:01 90 108
MossDef 05:36 04:07 73 87
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 04:15 75 90
Finzi 05:43 04:56 86 103
fishernick79 05:48 05:44 98 118
Looch 05:50 05:23 92 110
Rosron 05:53 05:34 94 113
McBeak McBeak 05:54 04:42 79 95
Carol 05:55 04:59 84 101
Dzhigit 05:55 05:48 98 118
Crossiant 05:57 05:13 87 104
Mark Three 05:58 02:36 43 51
GeorgeTz 05:59 06:22 106 127
cmcnsmith 06:00 04:41 78 93
Shabbo 06:00 03:58 66 79
Tudds 06:00 06:40 111 133
DunPangolin 06:02 05:37 93 112
MrChumley MrChumley 06:02 05:49 96 115
PGooden 06:04 06:23 105 126
Freemers 06:07 05:29 89 107
GMcD 06:07 05:09 84 101
jimwetzler 06:19 05:20 84 101
Curarist 06:19 07:41 121 145
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 04:44 74 89
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 06:34 102 122
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 06:33 101 121
Aloysius 06:29 06:51 105 126
robinh 06:31 05:41 87 104
earlylight 06:33 06:02 92 110
martinphillips 06:38 04:41 70 84
James P 06:39 05:00 75 90
Nangle 06:43 04:44 70 84
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 05:53 86 103
jon 06:55 05:57 86 103
Puzzleplease 06:57 07:04 101 121
alastair52 07:00 07:47 111 133
endafk 07:03 10:13 144 173
valerian1967 07:06 05:46 81 97
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 05:29 77 92
John Arnold 07:08 04:56 69 83
DianeRS 07:10 06:10 86 103
raincloud 07:27 08:04 108 130
nigel 07:29 05:44 76 91
m5harp 07:30 08:13 109 131
ChrisBrea 07:32 06:09 81 97
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 05:43 75 90
ulaca ulaca 07:44 11:24 147 177
jaraab 07:49 06:00 76 91
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 04:51 62 74
plett11 Plett11 07:50 06:06 77 92
kath 07:53 07:49 99 119
mattindoha 08:03 05:05 63 75
TomHerbert 08:06 06:10 76 91
crosswordian 08:08 07:14 88 106
Sheen 08:20 08:22 100 120
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 07:54 94 113
BletchleyReject 08:27 08:30 100 120
goblin 08:35 08:48 102 122
john.brassey 08:36 06:05 70 84
Dofray 08:39 06:51 79 95
vefatica vefatica 08:46 06:33 74 89
JeffHobbs 09:29 11:21 119 143
nigelmzzz 09:43 05:12 53 63
Doyler 09:43 09:20 96 115
BertieVII 09:59 07:18 73 87
edwards.robert1 10:08 10:19 101 121
Pendrov 10:27 10:26 99 119
alistair.boere 10:40 06:37 62 74
Rozz 11:12 07:53 70 84
flashman flashman 11:48 07:29 63 75
suethepotterer 11:54 08:30 71 85
pfalloon 14:56 06:40 44 53
Nuck_the_king 15:11 06:37 43 51
maryht 20:52 16:44 80 96
mcfarl 38:21 44:27 115 138

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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