Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2527

Date 15 November 2023
Number 2527
Setter Hurley
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 82
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2527

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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 02:14 103 125
mistigris 02:35 02:39 102 124
verlaine 02:38 02:09 81 98
hilarym 02:43 02:04 76 92
mauefw 02:44 02:08 78 95
cmjhutton 02:44 02:04 75 91
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:03 73 89
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:39 86 104
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 02:19 63 76
markdobell 03:43 02:51 76 92
Heyesey 03:46 02:43 72 87
Kinghedger 03:55 03:43 94 114
glheard 03:56 02:45 69 84
lickert 04:11 03:10 75 91
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:16 101 123
chriswords 04:13 04:11 99 120
chriss 04:13 04:34 108 131
chindit 04:14 03:49 90 109
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:00 91 110
AlanS 04:22 03:53 88 107
tilbee 04:25 03:40 83 101
lucyg43484 04:30 04:21 96 117
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 05:21 118 143
scrabbler 04:37 04:01 87 106
Umpire 04:38 03:47 81 98
d.middleton 04:43 03:53 82 100
Ed freshpot 04:46 04:54 102 124
Liari 04:47 04:10 87 106
andrewlake 04:48 03:05 64 78
March 04:48 03:22 70 85
MK76 04:51 03:52 79 96
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 05:22 110 134
andy 04:51 03:49 78 95
denislaw 04:52 04:21 89 108
Johninterred 04:54 03:42 75 91
Zander 05:06 03:50 75 91
Squallaby 05:08 04:42 91 110
Ease This Jam 05:08 03:05 60 73
footballblue 05:10 04:32 87 106
Tibthorpe 05:17 04:27 84 102
Penfold_61 05:17 04:06 77 93
daulbs 05:19 03:56 73 89
ChuckB 05:22 04:43 87 106
fshephe 05:25 04:50 89 108
esmeralda 05:28 03:51 70 85
mw7000 05:29 05:12 94 114
KET 05:31 03:40 66 80
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:22 79 96
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 03:48 67 81
Finzi 05:43 04:35 80 97
fishernick79 05:48 04:34 78 95
Looch 05:50 05:01 86 104
Blackbeard 05:51 05:58 101 123
McBeak McBeak 05:54 04:44 80 97
Dzhigit 05:55 05:17 89 108
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 06:50 114 139
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:50 97 118
Shabbo 06:00 05:44 95 115
cmcnsmith 06:00 05:20 88 107
Tudds 06:00 05:10 86 104
MrChumley MrChumley 06:02 04:53 80 97
DunPangolin 06:02 04:53 80 97
PGooden 06:04 05:04 83 101
Freemers 06:07 05:48 94 114
GMcD 06:07 05:45 94 114
ilan 06:12 06:07 98 119
jimwetzler 06:19 06:42 106 129
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 04:01 62 75
tds 06:27 06:04 94 114
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 05:34 86 104
robinh 06:31 05:44 87 106
LuckOfLucien 06:38 06:30 97 118
uvofiz 06:38 05:37 84 102
James P 06:39 06:58 104 126
Nangle 06:43 05:57 88 107
Gussie 06:45 05:49 86 104
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 05:37 82 100
Viscomte 06:51 05:02 73 89
jon 06:55 05:54 85 103
Puzzleplease 06:57 05:49 83 101
endafk 07:03 05:09 73 89
1234 07:04 07:33 106 129
John Arnold 07:08 05:34 78 95
Riche Riche 07:09 05:53 82 100
martinede 07:24 05:56 80 97
nigel 07:29 07:50 104 126
ChrisBrea 07:32 06:34 87 106
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 08:09 107 130
barracuda barracuda 07:36 09:09 120 146
Yatton50 07:43 11:52 153 186
gsriordan52 07:44 07:55 102 124
ulaca ulaca 07:44 06:33 84 102
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 07:00 89 108
plett11 Plett11 07:50 06:23 81 98
mattindoha 08:03 06:43 83 101
luxtonj61 08:05 06:31 80 97
TomHerbert 08:06 05:41 70 85
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 06:44 82 100
Sheen 08:20 05:44 68 82
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 06:19 75 91
BletchleyReject 08:27 11:17 133 162
goblin 08:35 08:54 103 125
john.brassey 08:36 09:21 108 131
OldSolver 08:40 05:51 67 81
vefatica vefatica 08:46 10:18 117 142
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 07:20 80 97
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 06:33 71 86
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 07:25 79 96
JeffHobbs 09:29 05:12 54 65
Doyler 09:43 07:28 76 92
nigelmzzz 09:43 03:55 40 48
Pendrov 10:27 06:30 62 75
flashman flashman 11:48 07:17 61 74
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 08:35 72 87
suethepotterer 11:54 07:44 64 78
simjt simjt 12:05 09:48 81 98
hipponym 12:41 04:30 35 42
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 07:20 56 68
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 11:44 79 96
pfalloon 14:56 07:06 47 57
Nuck_the_king 15:11 08:36 56 68
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 16:00 96 117
maryht 20:52 14:10 67 81

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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