Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2535

Date 27 November 2023
Number 2535
Setter Teazel
Day of week Monday
NITCH 96
Count of ref solvers 77
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2535

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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 02:08 02:24 112 116
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:37 104 108
mistigris 02:36 02:01 77 80
mauefw 02:41 02:26 90 93
cmjhutton 02:43 02:02 74 77
hilarym 02:44 01:56 70 72
verlaine 02:44 02:12 80 83
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:47 99 103
Flimmy flammy 03:04 02:53 94 97
richard 03:36 03:25 94 97
markdobell 03:39 03:10 86 89
Heyesey 03:40 02:55 79 82
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:45 02:34 68 70
Kinghedger 04:00 04:09 103 107
lickert 04:07 05:13 126 131
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 04:35 108 112
chindit 04:13 04:13 100 104
chriss 04:19 04:39 107 111
Roscoe 04:22 04:20 99 103
xyster 04:22 04:58 113 117
MikeOsborne 04:26 04:43 106 110
tiggis 04:29 04:11 93 96
AlanS 04:29 04:51 108 112
lucyg43484 04:29 03:21 74 77
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:06 90 93
tilbee 04:31 08:00 177 184
jfisher60 04:33 03:41 80 83
Umpire 04:35 04:18 93 96
alexh 04:41 04:44 101 105
MK76 04:42 05:03 107 111
canismiser 04:42 03:59 84 87
Ed freshpot 04:48 05:04 105 109
andrewlake 04:50 05:51 121 126
LouWeed LouWeed 04:50 04:43 97 101
March 04:51 06:14 128 133
nina s 04:51 05:54 121 126
The Dabbler 04:52 06:00 123 128
andy 04:52 04:53 100 104
Johninterred 04:54 04:28 91 94
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:55 04:24 89 92
denislaw 04:58 04:21 87 90
Eddddddd 05:03 07:25 146 152
Mark Three 05:03 02:33 50 52
Paul Bacon 05:04 05:39 111 115
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:09 03:57 76 79
Aly Duncan 05:12 05:29 105 109
Squallaby 05:15 04:28 85 88
neilr neilr 05:16 05:33 105 109
Penfold_61 05:17 05:39 106 110
Tibthorpe 05:19 04:30 84 87
ChuckB 05:19 05:38 105 109
Ease This Jam 05:20 05:06 95 98
daulbs 05:22 04:34 85 88
fshephe 05:25 05:30 101 105
Spanna 05:26 04:36 84 87
mw7000 05:31 06:49 123 128
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:33 04:59 89 92
fishernick79 05:43 04:10 72 75
Finzi 05:45 05:28 95 98
cath23 05:48 04:15 73 76
Rabbitoh 05:49 05:29 94 97
McBeak McBeak 05:50 05:56 101 105
Rosron 05:52 05:54 100 104
Looch 05:53 05:00 84 87
Blackbeard 05:53 06:52 116 120
Freemers 05:56 06:52 115 119
GeorgeTz 05:57 06:29 108 112
mcrossib1 05:57 05:16 88 91
DunPangolin 06:01 06:31 108 112
Crossiant 06:03 05:48 95 98
RobR RobR 06:03 07:57 131 136
GMcD 06:09 04:56 80 83
ilan 06:14 06:17 100 104
JMbrow29 06:25 08:39 134 139
Curarist 06:25 06:01 93 96
Michael Dove 06:26 06:35 102 106
LuckOfLucien 06:29 06:42 103 107
julian_w 06:30 05:33 85 88
paul.whitehouse69 06:31 06:59 107 111
hopkinb hopkinb 06:37 06:26 97 101
uvofiz 06:39 04:42 70 72
robinh 06:41 06:42 100 104
Kalakuta72 06:42 09:03 135 140
James P 06:48 05:08 75 78
jon 06:50 07:13 105 109
earlylight 06:55 10:53 157 163
SlumdogEngineer 06:56 06:05 87 90
Mike Harper Mike Harper 07:03 07:21 104 108
Dan W 07:06 07:51 110 114
Hodge21 07:13 08:36 119 123
endafk 07:16 06:39 91 94
John Arnold 07:23 06:55 93 96
ChrisBrea 07:34 08:28 111 115
Corymbia Corymbia 07:43 08:39 112 116
gsriordan52 07:47 07:24 95 98
jaraab 07:51 07:13 91 94
nigel 07:52 06:09 78 81
bobanann 07:55 07:17 92 95
kath 08:03 08:04 100 104
m5harp 08:04 07:39 94 97
barracuda barracuda 08:04 07:56 98 102
raincloud 08:05 09:30 117 121
TomHerbert 08:08 07:32 92 95
plett11 Plett11 08:10 09:30 116 120
ulaca ulaca 08:11 12:15 149 155
mattindoha 08:13 05:57 72 75
TonyN6 08:16 08:38 104 108
dec 08:18 07:54 95 98
Yatton50 08:27 05:40 67 69
Dr_Bob 08:29 09:03 106 110
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:31 07:48 91 94
Sheen 08:34 08:40 101 105
richardCV22 08:34 08:16 96 100
hemantyd 08:36 13:41 159 165
vefatica vefatica 08:39 09:26 109 113
goblin 08:44 09:31 108 112
john.brassey 08:54 09:11 103 107
CoxBurglar 09:07 07:32 82 85
Nigel1953 09:11 08:45 95 98
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:22 10:14 109 113
Doyler 09:26 12:38 133 138
alastair52 09:31 07:05 74 77
Pauline Minter 09:53 07:39 77 80
iholloway 09:57 16:56 170 177
smalley552 09:57 08:16 83 86
BertieVII 10:03 10:20 102 106
edwards.robert1 10:10 10:29 103 107
FelicityTT 10:10 07:38 75 78
alex.scordellis 10:31 18:30 175 182
Jeeves 10:35 08:57 84 87
Cryptique 10:38 15:53 149 155
Rhys 10:45 12:39 117 121
Birdingbob 10:50 14:49 136 141
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 11:02 25:12 228 237
suethepotterer 11:07 08:45 78 81
Rozz 11:10 10:03 90 93
alistair.boere 11:30 12:05 105 109
hipponym 11:51 15:17 128 133
simjt simjt 12:02 11:53 98 102
starstruck starstruck_au 12:03 07:46 64 66
tyrotim tyrotim 12:12 12:11 99 103
flashman flashman 12:13 17:57 146 152
phcbarnes 12:14 13:39 111 115
home.bright 12:16 14:30 118 122
ifincham2 12:40 16:04 126 131
Sonofjim 13:32 15:56 117 121
phmfantom 13:37 11:28 84 87
pfalloon 13:58 09:27 67 69
Merlin_55 Merlin 15:09 20:25 134 139
Mendes 15:44 13:00 82 85
I like cheese 16:29 17:29 106 110
Mozbo 16:47 13:06 78 81
Winchelt618 16:59 16:37 97 101
garethclwilson 17:05 22:57 134 139
TonyK 19:27 13:28 69 71
maryht 19:45 15:29 78 81
Geldart 21:26 27:32 128 133
mcfarl 39:19 62:34 159 165

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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