Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2536

Date 28 November 2023
Number 2536
Setter Orpheus
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 104
Count of ref solvers 71
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2536

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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 02:32 118 113
Jason 02:29 02:15 90 86
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:22 94 90
mistigris 02:36 02:42 103 99
mauefw 02:41 02:35 96 92
cmjhutton 02:43 02:49 103 99
verlaine 02:44 02:55 106 101
hilarym 02:44 02:46 101 97
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:41 95 91
Flimmy flammy 03:04 03:18 107 102
Sheapey Sheapey 03:30 03:23 96 92
markdobell 03:39 03:41 100 96
Heyesey 03:40 02:53 78 75
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:45 03:21 89 85
Kinghedger 04:00 04:59 124 119
lickert 04:07 04:05 99 95
Strober 04:10 04:20 104 100
chindit 04:13 03:51 91 87
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 03:41 87 83
chriss 04:19 04:36 106 101
xyster 04:22 04:21 99 95
Roscoe 04:22 03:46 86 82
tiggis 04:29 05:31 123 118
AlanS 04:29 04:08 92 88
lucyg43484 04:29 06:07 136 130
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 03:37 80 76
Umpire 04:35 07:12 157 150
canismiser 04:42 04:14 90 86
Liari 04:44 06:21 134 128
Jim Willis 04:45 05:27 114 109
Ed freshpot 04:48 06:03 126 121
LouWeed LouWeed 04:50 04:48 99 95
andrewlake 04:50 04:06 84 80
nina s 04:51 07:03 145 139
March 04:51 05:25 111 106
andy 04:52 04:37 94 90
Johninterred 04:54 04:12 85 81
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:55 04:30 91 87
Mark Three 05:03 02:29 49 47
Eddddddd 05:03 06:16 124 119
Zander 05:03 07:58 157 150
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:09 06:44 130 125
Penfold_61 05:17 06:01 113 108
Tibthorpe 05:19 05:29 103 99
Ease This Jam 05:20 07:31 140 134
daulbs 05:22 09:57 185 177
fshephe 05:25 05:30 101 97
esmeralda 05:28 06:07 111 106
mw7000 05:31 05:25 98 94
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:33 08:03 145 139
Finzi 05:45 04:23 76 73
cath23 05:48 08:01 138 132
Rabbitoh 05:49 09:43 167 160
McBeak McBeak 05:50 04:46 81 77
Looch 05:53 06:09 104 100
Blackbeard 05:53 05:40 96 92
Freemers 05:56 06:00 101 97
mcrossib1 05:57 09:45 163 156
cmcnsmith 05:58 05:44 96 92
DunPangolin 06:01 09:46 162 155
RobR RobR 06:03 04:24 72 69
Crossiant 06:03 06:30 107 102
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 06:06 07:07 116 111
GMcD 06:09 05:02 81 77
Aloysius 06:24 06:08 95 91
Curarist 06:25 04:37 71 68
LuckOfLucien 06:29 08:24 129 124
julian_w 06:30 06:37 101 97
paul.whitehouse69 06:31 08:04 123 118
hopkinb hopkinb 06:37 11:11 169 162
uvofiz 06:39 06:23 95 91
Kalakuta72 06:42 07:57 118 113
earlylight 06:55 12:17 177 170
Nangle 06:56 08:05 116 111
Mike Harper Mike Harper 07:03 07:47 110 105
DianeRS 07:06 05:08 72 69
Puzzleplease 07:07 08:58 125 120
valerian1967 07:08 07:18 102 98
Dvynys Dvynys 07:08 06:20 88 84
endafk 07:16 06:44 92 88
frost 07:29 07:57 106 101
ChrisBrea 07:34 09:55 131 125
Corymbia Corymbia 07:43 12:07 157 150
gsriordan52 07:47 11:10 143 137
jaraab 07:51 09:19 118 113
bobanann 07:55 10:35 133 127
kath 08:03 09:13 114 109
m5harp 08:04 08:46 108 103
barracuda barracuda 08:04 06:17 77 74
TomHerbert 08:08 08:42 106 101
plett11 Plett11 08:10 09:33 116 111
mattindoha 08:13 06:26 78 75
johndun John Dunleavy 08:14 09:05 110 105
Crippens1 08:14 10:59 133 127
dec 08:18 07:43 92 88
Templar Redux Templar 08:19 10:45 129 124
luxtonj61 08:21 13:08 157 150
crosswordian 08:27 07:19 86 82
Dr_Bob 08:29 09:46 115 110
Desdeeloeste Desdeeloeste 08:30 09:46 114 109
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:31 08:44 102 98
Sheen 08:34 10:35 123 118
OldSolver 08:42 08:16 95 91
goblin 08:44 09:25 107 102
nigelmzzz 08:46 04:57 56 53
Laputan 08:53 08:49 99 95
BletchleyReject 08:57 12:00 134 128
Zabadak3 Zabadak 08:59 11:00 122 117
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:02 10:51 120 115
jemcd33 09:11 10:01 109 104
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:22 06:34 70 67
Doyler 09:26 09:19 98 94
alastair52 09:31 10:51 114 109
CWM65 09:33 10:36 110 105
JeffHobbs 09:49 12:48 130 125
iholloway 09:57 11:52 119 114
smalley552 09:57 13:20 134 128
edwards.robert1 10:10 09:06 89 85
Pendrov 10:18 10:48 104 100
Jeeves 10:35 10:48 102 98
Cryptique 10:38 10:19 97 93
Birdingbob 10:50 10:02 92 88
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 11:02 11:51 107 102
suethepotterer 11:07 10:16 92 88
alistair.boere 11:30 18:33 161 154
youngbaz 11:54 18:57 159 152
simjt simjt 12:02 17:27 145 139
starstruck starstruck_au 12:03 15:26 128 123
tyrotim tyrotim 12:12 09:47 80 76
flashman flashman 12:13 15:00 122 117
phcbarnes 12:14 18:31 151 145
Sonofjim 13:32 16:42 123 118
Nuck_the_king 13:43 15:17 111 106
pfalloon 13:58 29:09 208 200
ezoredfox 14:19 12:32 87 83
rlowin2 16:11 37:21 230 221
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:24 23:55 145 139
Masha 16:33 17:12 103 99
Winchelt618 16:59 61:11 360 346
garethclwilson 17:05 20:41 121 116
TonyK 19:27 17:58 92 88
maryht 19:45 23:00 116 111
david.14587 20:10 14:10 70 67
intentional rounding 20:46 36:12 174 167
Geldart 21:26 19:13 89 85
Hazelnut 21:40 21:09 97 93
Ajay 28:01 21:19 76 73
mcfarl 39:19 28:02 71 68

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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