Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2528

Date 16 November 2023
Number 2528
Setter Beck
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 97
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2528

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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 02:11 101 104
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:15 90 92
mistigris 02:35 02:46 107 110
verlaine 02:38 02:45 104 107
hilarym 02:43 02:26 89 91
cmjhutton 02:44 02:12 80 82
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:03 73 75
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:51 92 94
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 06:10 168 173
markdobell 03:43 03:17 88 90
Heyesey 03:46 03:55 103 106
Kinghedger 03:55 03:18 84 86
joelhames 04:00 03:30 87 89
Strober 04:10 04:19 103 106
lickert 04:11 03:25 81 83
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:30 107 110
chriss 04:13 03:30 83 85
chindit 04:14 03:19 78 80
xyster 04:17 05:01 117 120
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:14 97 100
tilbee 04:25 04:11 94 96
lucyg43484 04:30 04:36 102 105
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:16 94 96
Umpire 04:38 03:46 81 83
canismiser 04:39 05:35 120 123
Ed freshpot 04:46 04:31 94 96
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 03:54 81 83
Liari 04:47 04:41 97 100
Jim Willis 04:48 07:03 146 150
andrewlake 04:48 05:56 123 126
March 04:48 03:55 81 83
MK76 04:51 04:07 84 86
andy 04:51 06:00 123 126
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 06:28 133 137
denislaw 04:52 05:28 112 115
Johninterred 04:54 06:00 122 125
Zander 05:06 05:58 116 119
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 04:23 85 87
Squallaby 05:08 08:51 172 177
Ease This Jam 05:08 06:27 125 128
Eddddddd 05:10 04:43 91 93
Aly Duncan 05:13 06:03 115 118
Penfold_61 05:17 06:04 114 117
Tibthorpe 05:17 04:53 92 94
daulbs 05:19 03:35 67 69
ChuckB 05:22 05:22 100 103
fshephe 05:25 06:20 116 119
esmeralda 05:28 04:37 84 86
mw7000 05:29 06:49 124 127
KET 05:31 07:27 135 139
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:28 99 102
MossDef 05:36 03:55 69 71
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 05:55 104 107
Finzi 05:43 05:13 91 93
Looch 05:50 05:02 86 88
Blackbeard 05:51 04:34 78 80
Rosron 05:53 06:24 108 111
McBeak McBeak 05:54 04:42 79 81
Dzhigit 05:55 04:33 76 78
Crossiant 05:57 05:40 95 97
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 06:28 108 111
Mark Three 05:58 02:32 42 43
GeorgeTz 05:59 05:14 87 89
Tudds 06:00 06:47 113 116
cmcnsmith 06:00 05:59 99 102
MrChumley MrChumley 06:02 06:12 102 105
Freemers 06:07 05:04 82 84
GMcD 06:07 06:49 111 114
ilan 06:12 05:57 95 97
Curarist 06:19 06:22 100 103
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 08:55 140 144
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 06:13 97 100
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 07:29 115 118
robinh 06:31 06:30 99 102
LuckOfLucien 06:38 05:56 89 91
martinphillips 06:38 08:22 126 129
uvofiz 06:38 06:15 94 96
James P 06:39 07:48 117 120
Nangle 06:43 08:00 119 122
Gussie 06:45 06:48 100 103
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 07:15 106 109
Viscomte 06:51 05:45 83 85
jon 06:55 07:08 103 106
Puzzleplease 06:57 08:49 126 129
alastair52 07:00 07:57 113 116
endafk 07:03 04:54 69 71
1234 07:04 08:08 115 118
valerian1967 07:06 06:38 93 95
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 07:41 107 110
John Arnold 07:08 09:01 126 129
Riche Riche 07:09 07:18 102 105
benedick 07:14 07:44 106 109
nigel 07:29 06:43 89 91
m5harp 07:30 06:04 80 82
ChrisBrea 07:32 07:29 99 102
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 07:34 100 103
barracuda barracuda 07:36 14:20 188 193
ulaca ulaca 07:44 09:08 118 121
jaraab 07:49 08:00 102 105
plett11 Plett11 07:50 09:55 126 129
mattindoha 08:03 06:41 83 85
luxtonj61 08:05 10:19 127 130
TomHerbert 08:06 06:34 81 83
crosswordian 08:08 08:11 100 103
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 10:30 128 131
Sheen 08:20 05:38 67 69
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 07:29 89 91
BletchleyReject 08:27 09:36 113 116
goblin 08:35 09:36 111 114
john.brassey 08:36 09:40 112 115
Dofray 08:39 02:56 33 34
vefatica vefatica 08:46 07:39 87 89
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 08:24 92 94
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 07:21 80 82
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 11:15 120 123
JeffHobbs 09:29 07:33 79 81
nigelmzzz 09:43 04:21 44 45
BertieVII 09:59 08:37 86 88
FelicityTT 10:08 07:28 73 75
Jeeves 10:14 10:34 103 106
Pendrov 10:27 08:32 81 83
flashman flashman 11:48 16:07 136 140
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 16:31 138 142
suethepotterer 11:54 08:29 71 73
simjt simjt 12:05 10:09 84 86
hipponym 12:41 11:52 93 95
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 05:35 43 44
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 13:55 94 96
Nuck_the_king 15:11 12:33 82 84
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 13:03 78 80
maryht 20:52 12:31 59 60
mcfarl 38:21 41:04 107 110

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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