Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2532

Date 22 November 2023
Number 2532
Setter Breadman
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 103
Count of ref solvers 68
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2532

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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 02:35 120 116
Jason 02:28 02:29 100 97
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:37 104 100
verlaine 02:38 03:37 137 133
hilarym 02:43 03:11 117 113
cmjhutton 02:44 02:19 84 81
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 02:38 94 91
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:06 101 98
richard 03:33 03:00 84 81
markdobell 03:43 03:33 95 92
Heyesey 03:46 04:05 108 104
Kinghedger 03:55 03:38 92 89
glheard 03:56 03:56 100 97
lickert 04:11 03:58 94 91
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:54 116 112
chriss 04:13 03:07 73 70
chriswords 04:13 04:28 105 101
chindit 04:14 03:35 84 81
xyster 04:17 04:30 105 101
PaulCooke 04:20 04:31 104 100
MikeOsborne 04:21 04:33 104 100
AlanS 04:22 04:19 98 95
tilbee 04:25 04:40 105 101
Roscoe 04:25 04:28 101 98
trux 04:30 04:48 106 102
lucyg43484 04:30 04:12 93 90
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:16 94 91
jfisher60 04:36 04:35 99 96
canismiser 04:39 06:12 133 129
wwalker50 04:40 07:22 157 152
alexh 04:43 04:54 103 100
d.middleton 04:43 05:24 114 110
Ed freshpot 04:46 05:33 116 112
Liari 04:47 05:17 110 106
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 05:50 121 117
Jim Willis 04:48 05:00 104 100
andrewlake 04:48 05:03 105 101
March 04:48 05:00 104 100
nina s 04:49 07:01 145 140
andy 04:51 04:23 90 87
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 05:48 119 115
denislaw 04:52 04:09 85 82
Johninterred 04:54 04:11 85 82
Zander 05:06 04:50 94 91
neilr neilr 05:09 07:33 146 141
Penfold_61 05:17 05:13 98 95
Tibthorpe 05:17 06:42 126 122
daulbs 05:19 04:16 80 77
ChuckB 05:22 05:57 110 106
Spanna 05:25 06:30 120 116
esmeralda 05:28 05:28 100 97
mw7000 05:29 06:31 118 114
Rabbitoh 05:31 04:54 88 85
MossDef 05:36 05:40 101 98
Finzi 05:43 05:42 99 96
cath23 05:48 06:09 106 102
Looch 05:50 06:45 115 111
Rosron 05:53 05:47 98 95
McBeak McBeak 05:54 04:32 76 73
Dzhigit 05:55 06:40 112 108
Crossiant 05:57 05:31 92 89
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 05:58 06:21 106 102
Mark Three 05:58 02:25 40 38
Shabbo 06:00 09:33 159 154
Tudds 06:00 06:12 103 100
DunPangolin 06:02 07:09 118 114
GMcD 06:07 06:37 108 104
Freemers 06:07 06:35 107 103
ilan 06:12 06:55 111 107
Curarist 06:19 06:35 104 100
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 06:24 100 97
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 07:15 112 108
Aloysius 06:29 06:31 100 97
robinh 06:31 08:11 125 121
earlylight 06:33 06:41 102 99
julian_w 06:34 07:16 110 106
martinphillips 06:38 07:48 117 113
uvofiz 06:38 07:39 115 111
James P 06:39 08:32 128 124
Nangle 06:43 06:59 103 100
KenD51 06:48 06:50 100 97
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 06:53 100 97
Viscomte 06:51 05:41 82 79
Hodge21 06:53 07:52 114 110
Puzzleplease 06:57 07:06 102 99
alastair52 07:00 09:19 133 129
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 07:10 100 97
John Arnold 07:08 10:05 141 136
nigel 07:29 09:01 120 116
m5harp 07:30 09:10 122 118
frost 07:34 07:56 104 100
barracuda barracuda 07:36 09:10 120 116
Yatton50 07:43 05:57 77 74
ulaca ulaca 07:44 08:36 111 107
gsriordan52 07:44 07:57 102 99
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 10:19 131 127
plett11 Plett11 07:50 09:22 119 115
mattindoha 08:03 10:26 129 125
luxtonj61 08:05 07:34 93 90
TomHerbert 08:06 10:47 133 129
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 07:06 87 84
TonyN6 08:17 09:44 117 113
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 08:32 102 99
BletchleyReject 08:27 12:22 146 141
goblin 08:35 11:53 138 133
Dofray 08:39 13:37 157 152
vefatica vefatica 08:46 07:54 90 87
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:06 07:58 87 84
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 09:45 106 102
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 08:02 85 82
JeffHobbs 09:29 07:50 82 79
Doyler 09:43 12:06 124 120
BertieVII 09:59 15:33 155 150
FelicityTT 10:08 09:11 90 87
Pendrov 10:27 11:12 107 103
alistair.boere 10:40 14:53 139 134
jackk.larg 10:45 11:14 104 100
Rozz 11:12 11:47 105 101
flashman flashman 11:48 08:57 75 72
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 12:56 108 104
suethepotterer 11:54 11:33 97 94
simjt simjt 12:05 13:20 110 106
hipponym 12:41 10:59 86 83
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 08:40 67 65
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 21:30 145 140
pfalloon 14:56 09:04 60 58
Nuck_the_king 15:11 14:08 93 90
maryht 20:52 25:40 123 119
Ajay 27:47 36:43 132 128
mcfarl 38:21 40:19 105 101

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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