Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2533

Date 23 November 2023
Number 2533
Setter Peridot
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 118
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2533

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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 02:47 129 109
Paul Gilbert 02:30 03:07 124 105
mistigris 02:35 03:18 127 107
verlaine 02:38 03:45 142 120
hilarym 02:43 03:22 123 104
mauefw 02:44 02:33 93 78
cmjhutton 02:44 02:00 73 61
aphis99 aphis99 02:47 03:37 129 109
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:47 123 104
richard 03:33 04:15 119 100
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:40 06:12 169 143
markdobell 03:43 04:28 120 101
Heyesey 03:46 04:14 112 94
Kinghedger 03:55 03:10 80 67
glheard 03:56 06:51 174 147
lickert 04:11 05:17 126 106
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:12 04:43 112 94
chriss 04:13 03:56 93 78
xyster 04:17 03:34 83 70
MikeOsborne 04:21 06:23 146 123
AlanS 04:22 07:37 174 147
tilbee 04:25 03:52 87 73
lucyg43484 04:30 06:04 134 113
Umpire 04:38 05:28 117 99
canismiser 04:39 05:16 113 95
Ed freshpot 04:46 05:28 114 96
LouWeed LouWeed 04:47 05:44 119 100
Liari 04:47 05:08 107 90
March 04:48 08:14 171 144
andrewlake 04:48 04:44 98 83
nina s 04:49 08:04 167 141
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:51 05:08 105 88
andy 04:51 04:27 91 77
Johninterred 04:54 05:25 110 93
Honggui 04:55 05:47 117 99
Zander 05:06 05:56 116 98
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:07 04:45 92 77
Squallaby 05:08 06:39 129 109
neilr neilr 05:09 07:36 147 124
Tibthorpe 05:17 07:45 146 123
daulbs 05:19 04:35 86 72
esmeralda 05:28 06:58 127 107
KET 05:31 06:31 118 100
Rabbitoh 05:31 07:38 138 116
MossDef 05:36 05:14 93 78
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:39 05:35 98 83
Finzi 05:43 07:04 123 104
Looch 05:50 05:48 99 83
Blackbeard 05:51 07:59 136 115
McBeak McBeak 05:54 07:32 127 107
Dzhigit 05:55 05:45 97 82
Carol 05:55 08:45 147 124
Crossiant 05:57 05:32 92 77
Mark Three 05:58 02:19 38 32
Tudds 06:00 06:01 100 84
DunPangolin 06:02 06:10 102 86
Freemers 06:07 08:24 137 116
ilan 06:12 08:46 141 119
jimwetzler 06:19 08:24 132 111
Curarist 06:19 09:12 145 122
JMbrow29 06:20 07:09 112 94
SlumdogEngineer 06:21 07:04 111 94
hopkinb hopkinb 06:24 09:14 144 122
paul.whitehouse69 06:28 07:59 123 104
rhi.andrew 06:30 07:20 112 94
robinh 06:31 08:34 131 111
earlylight 06:33 07:55 120 101
LuckOfLucien 06:38 05:41 85 72
uvofiz 06:38 07:05 106 89
James P 06:39 06:46 101 85
Kalakuta72 06:43 07:30 111 94
Nangle 06:43 07:34 112 94
KenD51 06:48 02:01 29 24
Mike Harper Mike Harper 06:50 06:48 99 83
jon 06:55 07:43 111 94
Puzzleplease 06:57 10:56 157 133
endafk 07:03 10:16 145 122
valerian1967 07:06 08:33 120 101
Dvynys Dvynys 07:07 08:55 125 105
John Arnold 07:08 11:49 165 139
Riche Riche 07:09 07:49 109 92
raincloud 07:27 12:50 172 145
m5harp 07:30 10:18 137 116
ChrisBrea 07:32 06:49 90 76
Corymbia Corymbia 07:33 07:40 101 85
barracuda barracuda 07:36 12:34 165 139
ulaca ulaca 07:44 09:56 128 108
gsriordan52 07:44 11:46 152 128
johndun John Dunleavy 07:49 11:15 143 121
jaraab 07:49 08:42 111 94
plett11 Plett11 07:50 12:21 157 133
mattindoha 08:03 11:55 148 125
luxtonj61 08:05 10:58 135 114
TomHerbert 08:06 09:24 116 98
crosswordian 08:08 10:33 129 109
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:09 08:06 99 83
TonyN6 08:17 07:32 90 76
Templar Redux Templar 08:21 09:21 111 94
BletchleyReject 08:27 11:52 140 118
goblin 08:35 13:33 157 133
Dofray 08:39 13:11 152 128
vefatica vefatica 08:46 08:00 91 77
Zabadak3 Zabadak 09:11 11:49 128 108
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:21 09:53 105 88
nigelmzzz 09:43 08:59 92 77
Doyler 09:43 09:06 93 78
edwards.robert1 10:08 11:10 110 93
Jeeves 10:14 10:40 104 88
alistair.boere 10:40 11:46 110 93
Rozz 11:12 10:26 93 78
flashman flashman 11:48 11:26 96 81
tyrotim tyrotim 11:53 14:00 117 99
simjt simjt 12:05 24:06 199 168
hipponym 12:41 13:15 104 88
starstruck starstruck_au 12:52 13:56 108 91
ezoredfox 13:50 16:18 117 99
Merlin_55 Merlin 14:45 21:37 146 123
pfalloon 14:56 13:39 91 77
Nuck_the_king 15:11 12:38 83 70
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:37 16:07 96 81
maryht 20:52 22:45 109 92
Ajay 27:47 20:45 74 62
mcfarl 38:21 56:36 147 124

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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