Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2530

Date 20 November 2023
Number 2530
Setter Izetti
Day of week Monday
NITCH 103
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2530

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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 02:03 82 79
mistigris 02:35 02:34 99 96
verlaine 02:38 03:59 151 146
hilarym 02:43 02:17 84 81
cmjhutton 02:44 02:13 81 78
mauefw 02:44 02:23 87 84
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 01:54 68 66
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:14 72 69
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 02:59 81 78
markdobell 03:43 03:26 92 89
Heyesey 03:46 03:44 99 96
Kinghedger 03:55 05:31 140 135
glheard 03:56 04:23 111 107
Strober 04:10 03:58 95 92
lickert 04:11 03:24 81 78
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 03:36 85 82
chriss 04:13 06:49 161 156
xyster 04:17 04:44 110 106
PaulCooke 04:20 03:54 90 87
MikeOsborne 04:21 03:49 87 84
tilbee 04:25 05:22 121 117
lucyg43484 04:30 04:43 104 100
trux 04:30 05:35 124 120
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:14 93 90
Umpire 04:38 02:53 62 60
canismiser 04:39 03:54 83 80
alexh 04:43 06:09 130 126
Ed freshpot 04:46 06:28 135 131
Liari 04:47 03:00 62 60
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 05:00 104 100
March 04:48 04:26 92 89
andrewlake 04:48 06:26 134 130
nina s 04:49 03:44 77 74
andy 04:51 03:52 79 76
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 04:38 95 92
Johninterred 04:54 04:55 100 97
Honggui 04:55 05:27 110 106
Zander 05:06 04:34 89 86
Squallaby 05:08 06:39 129 125
neilr neilr 05:09 05:17 102 99
Eddddddd 05:10 04:59 96 93
Tibthorpe 05:17 05:23 101 98
Penfold_61 05:17 05:10 97 94
fshephe 05:25 04:45 87 84
Rabbitoh 05:31 05:58 108 104
MossDef 05:36 03:19 59 57
Finzi 05:43 06:08 107 103
fishernick79 05:48 05:47 99 96
Looch 05:50 08:48 150 145
Rosron 05:53 06:11 105 101
McBeak McBeak 05:54 06:00 101 98
Carol 05:55 05:41 96 93
Crossiant 05:57 07:45 130 126
Mark Three 05:58 02:27 41 39
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 07:40 128 124
Tudds 06:00 07:36 126 122
DunPangolin 06:02 06:54 114 110
PGooden 06:04 07:04 116 112
Freemers 06:07 07:14 118 114
GMcD 06:07 06:12 101 98
ilan 06:12 08:24 135 131
jimwetzler 06:19 06:10 97 94
JMbrow29 06:20 05:21 84 81
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 13:11 207 200
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 10:30 164 159
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 09:12 142 137
robinh 06:31 07:26 114 110
earlylight 06:33 08:40 132 128
julian_w 06:34 07:37 115 111
LuckOfLucien 06:38 06:22 95 92
uvofiz 06:38 07:19 110 106
Mike Mansbridge 06:39 11:14 168 163
James P 06:39 06:38 99 96
Kalakuta72 06:43 07:49 116 112
KenD51 06:48 04:25 64 62
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 11:21 166 161
jon 06:55 07:01 101 98
Puzzleplease 06:57 08:22 120 116
alastair52 07:00 05:55 84 81
endafk 07:03 09:03 128 124
1234 07:04 09:04 128 124
maisiemae 07:06 54:43 770 747
valerian1967 07:06 04:57 69 66
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 06:47 95 92
John Arnold 07:08 07:57 111 107
Riche Riche 07:09 11:19 158 153
benedick 07:14 08:18 114 110
raincloud 07:27 07:13 96 93
ChrisBrea 07:32 08:40 115 111
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 06:48 90 87
barracuda barracuda 07:36 12:12 160 155
Yatton50 07:43 14:30 187 181
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 08:00 102 99
plett11 Plett11 07:50 12:02 153 148
mattindoha 08:03 09:41 120 116
Sheen 08:20 10:14 122 118
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 08:17 99 96
BletchleyReject 08:27 09:06 107 103
goblin 08:35 09:43 113 109
Dofray 08:39 08:09 94 91
vefatica vefatica 08:46 07:59 91 88
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 09:48 107 103
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 08:50 94 91
Doyler 09:43 08:44 89 86
nigelmzzz 09:43 05:44 59 57
FelicityTT 10:08 10:24 102 99
Jeeves 10:14 12:00 117 113
Pendrov 10:27 14:08 135 131
alistair.boere 10:40 15:06 141 136
jackk.larg 10:45 12:54 120 116
Rozz 11:12 10:30 93 90
flashman flashman 11:48 12:27 105 101
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 17:01 143 138
suethepotterer 11:54 12:10 102 99
simjt simjt 12:05 08:55 73 70
hipponym 12:41 17:48 140 135
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 10:53 65 63
maryht 20:52 18:34 88 85
Ajay 27:47 23:13 83 80
mcfarl 38:21 37:44 98 95

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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