Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2531

Date 21 November 2023
Number 2531
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 114
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2531

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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 02:29 99 86
verlaine 02:38 03:42 140 122
hilarym 02:43 02:57 108 94
cmjhutton 02:44 02:50 103 90
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 04:30 161 141
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:32 115 100
Sheapey Sheapey 03:29 03:57 113 99
richard 03:33 05:36 157 137
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 03:37 98 85
markdobell 03:43 04:07 110 96
Heyesey 03:46 04:15 112 98
Kinghedger 03:55 05:43 145 127
glheard 03:56 05:33 141 123
lickert 04:11 07:02 168 147
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:05 97 85
chriswords 04:13 04:42 111 97
chriss 04:13 05:23 127 111
chindit 04:14 02:56 69 60
MikeOsborne 04:21 09:51 226 198
AlanS 04:22 05:32 126 110
Roscoe 04:25 05:35 126 110
tilbee 04:25 04:31 102 89
trux 04:30 04:21 96 84
lucyg43484 04:30 05:39 125 109
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:11 92 80
Umpire 04:38 05:42 123 107
canismiser 04:39 05:56 127 111
wwalker50 04:40 06:37 141 123
Ed freshpot 04:46 05:45 120 105
Liari 04:47 05:31 115 100
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 07:58 166 145
Jim Willis 04:48 06:19 131 114
March 04:48 05:07 106 92
andrewlake 04:48 07:10 149 130
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 05:26 112 98
MK76 04:51 06:50 140 122
andy 04:51 05:14 107 93
denislaw 04:52 06:04 124 108
Honggui 04:55 05:50 118 103
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 05:31 107 93
Squallaby 05:08 06:30 126 110
neilr neilr 05:09 07:33 146 128
Eddddddd 05:10 07:14 140 122
Tibthorpe 05:17 05:43 108 94
Penfold_61 05:17 06:39 125 109
daulbs 05:19 06:45 126 110
fshephe 05:25 05:50 107 93
KET 05:31 08:22 151 132
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:40 84 73
MossDef 05:36 05:38 100 87
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 05:59 105 92
Finzi 05:43 05:56 103 90
fishernick79 05:48 09:13 158 138
cath23 05:48 06:18 108 94
Looch 05:50 06:44 115 100
Dzhigit 05:55 06:02 101 88
Crossiant 05:57 07:00 117 102
Mark Three 05:58 02:11 36 31
Tudds 06:00 07:16 121 106
Freemers 06:07 05:13 85 74
GMcD 06:07 06:00 98 85
ilan 06:12 11:15 181 158
jimwetzler 06:19 05:30 87 76
Curarist 06:19 08:13 130 114
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 10:22 163 142
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 09:13 144 126
robinh 06:31 05:55 90 78
earlylight 06:33 05:59 91 79
julian_w 06:34 07:01 106 92
Michael Dove 06:35 06:04 92 80
martinphillips 06:38 08:17 124 108
LuckOfLucien 06:38 07:17 109 95
uvofiz 06:38 05:55 89 78
James P 06:39 09:45 146 128
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 12:36 184 161
jon 06:55 07:12 104 91
Edprof 06:57 14:20 206 180
Puzzleplease 06:57 10:15 147 128
alastair52 07:00 13:40 195 171
endafk 07:03 10:51 153 134
1234 07:04 06:37 93 81
valerian1967 07:06 08:54 125 109
martinede 07:24 07:04 95 83
m5harp 07:30 11:35 154 135
ChrisBrea 07:32 09:13 122 107
barracuda barracuda 07:36 12:33 165 144
gsriordan52 07:44 11:05 143 125
ulaca ulaca 07:44 10:55 141 123
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 11:00 140 122
jaraab 07:49 07:27 95 83
plett11 Plett11 07:50 08:58 114 100
mattindoha 08:03 07:15 90 78
luxtonj61 08:05 17:39 218 191
TomHerbert 08:06 10:02 123 107
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 10:08 124 108
Sheen 08:20 07:13 86 75
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 07:46 93 81
goblin 08:35 10:45 125 109
john.brassey 08:36 14:00 162 142
vefatica vefatica 08:46 12:03 137 120
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 08:56 97 85
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 10:29 112 98
Doyler 09:43 16:05 165 144
nigelmzzz 09:43 05:04 52 45
BertieVII 09:59 11:33 115 100
edwards.robert1 10:08 11:42 115 100
Jeeves 10:14 11:25 111 97
Pendrov 10:27 08:51 84 73
alistair.boere 10:40 24:24 228 200
jackk.larg 10:45 14:20 133 116
flashman flashman 11:48 19:25 164 143
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 13:45 115 100
suethepotterer 11:54 12:45 107 93
simjt simjt 12:05 10:54 90 78
hipponym 12:41 15:42 123 107
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 08:41 67 58
ezoredfox 13:50 18:39 134 117
pfalloon 14:56 09:32 63 55
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 16:29 99 86
Winchelt618 17:02 15:49 92 80
maryht 20:52 18:17 87 76
Ajay 27:47 36:18 130 114
mcfarl 38:21 39:33 103 90

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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