Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2526

Date 14 November 2023
Number 2526
Setter Joker
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 98
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2526

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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 02:21 109 111
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:09 86 87
mistigris 02:35 02:25 93 94
verlaine 02:38 03:56 149 152
mauefw 02:44 02:50 103 105
cmjhutton 02:44 03:50 140 142
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:54 104 106
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:47 90 91
Sheapey Sheapey 03:29 03:14 92 93
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 04:01 109 111
markdobell 03:43 02:58 79 80
Heyesey 03:46 03:43 98 100
Kinghedger 03:55 04:34 116 118
lickert 04:11 03:42 88 89
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:03 96 97
chindit 04:14 04:10 98 100
xyster 04:17 04:35 107 109
MikeOsborne 04:21 05:10 118 120
AlanS 04:22 04:35 104 106
tilbee 04:25 03:58 89 90
Roscoe 04:25 04:17 96 97
lucyg43484 04:30 04:12 93 94
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 05:19 117 119
Umpire 04:38 03:56 84 85
canismiser 04:39 04:53 105 107
alexh 04:43 03:49 80 81
Ed freshpot 04:46 04:46 100 102
Liari 04:47 04:55 102 104
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 04:46 99 101
Jim Willis 04:48 03:19 69 70
March 04:48 04:22 90 91
andrewlake 04:48 04:41 97 98
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 04:35 94 95
andy 04:51 04:18 88 89
michaelbell53 05:01 05:57 118 120
Zander 05:06 04:44 92 93
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 04:39 90 91
Squallaby 05:08 06:37 128 130
Ease This Jam 05:08 04:32 88 89
Aly Duncan 05:13 06:48 130 132
andy_knott 05:15 06:06 116 118
Tibthorpe 05:17 05:40 107 109
Penfold_61 05:17 05:25 102 104
daulbs 05:19 05:31 103 105
fshephe 05:25 06:43 124 126
Dekkers 05:27 03:59 73 74
esmeralda 05:28 04:24 80 81
KET 05:31 04:31 81 82
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:20 78 79
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 06:14 110 112
admin 05:41 04:52 85 86
Finzi 05:43 05:54 103 105
Looch 05:50 05:32 94 95
McBeak McBeak 05:54 05:08 87 88
Dzhigit 05:55 04:48 81 82
Carol 05:55 06:35 111 113
Crossiant 05:57 06:24 107 109
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 06:14 104 106
Mark Three 05:58 02:37 43 43
GeorgeTz 05:59 06:09 102 104
Tudds 06:00 06:36 110 112
cmcnsmith 06:00 06:07 101 103
GMcD 06:07 04:57 80 81
Freemers 06:07 04:49 78 79
ilan 06:12 05:34 89 90
jimwetzler 06:19 05:50 92 93
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 06:00 92 93
Aloysius 06:29 06:26 99 101
robinh 06:31 07:14 110 112
earlylight 06:33 06:52 104 106
Michael Dove 06:35 06:23 96 97
uvofiz 06:38 05:55 89 90
LuckOfLucien 06:38 05:07 77 78
Kalakuta72 06:43 05:43 85 86
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 06:55 101 103
Viscomte 06:51 06:14 90 91
jon 06:55 06:27 93 94
Puzzleplease 06:57 06:06 87 88
endafk 07:03 08:52 125 127
valerian1967 07:06 08:27 119 121
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 08:24 118 120
Riche Riche 07:09 08:52 124 126
m5harp 07:30 06:55 92 93
ChrisBrea 07:32 08:31 113 115
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 07:52 104 106
barracuda barracuda 07:36 10:03 132 134
Yatton50 07:43 06:32 84 85
gsriordan52 07:44 07:26 96 97
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 10:30 134 136
plett11 Plett11 07:50 07:23 94 95
mattindoha 08:03 08:21 103 105
TomHerbert 08:06 08:37 106 108
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 11:34 141 143
Sheen 08:20 07:56 95 96
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 08:39 103 105
BletchleyReject 08:27 08:52 104 106
goblin 08:35 07:03 82 83
john.brassey 08:36 09:24 109 111
vefatica vefatica 08:46 07:09 81 82
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 10:13 112 114
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 08:28 92 93
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 08:28 90 91
JeffHobbs 09:29 07:34 79 80
Doyler 09:43 08:00 82 83
nigelmzzz 09:43 05:05 52 53
BertieVII 09:59 09:48 98 100
edwards.robert1 10:08 09:18 91 92
Jeeves 10:14 11:07 108 110
Pendrov 10:27 08:44 83 84
alistair.boere 10:40 10:49 101 103
Rozz 11:12 14:21 128 130
flashman flashman 11:48 10:51 91 92
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 08:46 73 74
suethepotterer 11:54 09:03 76 77
simjt simjt 12:05 07:44 64 65
hipponym 12:41 05:57 46 46
ezoredfox 13:50 06:54 49 50
maryht 20:52 19:17 92 93

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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