Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2537

Date 29 November 2023
Number 2537
Setter Mara
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 85
Count of ref solvers 71
Ref solvers excluded with errors 2
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2537

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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 01:49 85 100
Jason 02:29 02:34 103 121
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:04 82 96
mistigris 02:36 02:34 98 115
cmjhutton 02:43 06:50 251 295
hilarym 02:44 02:18 84 98
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 03:04 109 128
richard 03:36 03:06 86 101
markdobell 03:39 03:06 84 98
Heyesey 03:40 02:32 69 81
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:45 03:32 94 110
glheard 03:56 03:22 85 100
Kinghedger 04:00 03:19 82 96
lickert 04:07 03:35 87 102
patrickcates 04:08 03:37 87 102
Strober 04:10 03:40 88 103
chindit 04:13 04:22 103 121
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 03:30 83 97
chriss 04:19 03:40 84 98
chriswords 04:19 04:19 100 117
xyster 04:22 04:05 93 109
Roscoe 04:22 04:43 108 127
MikeOsborne 04:26 02:50 63 74
AlanS 04:29 04:11 93 109
lucyg43484 04:29 04:00 89 104
trux 04:31 04:45 105 123
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:14 93 109
tilbee 04:31 03:37 80 94
Umpire 04:35 04:20 94 110
John Walsh 04:38 05:10 111 130
alexh 04:41 04:55 104 122
MK76 04:42 04:58 105 123
canismiser 04:42 03:07 66 77
Liari 04:44 03:46 79 92
Jim Willis 04:45 04:06 86 101
Ed freshpot 04:48 03:44 77 90
andrewlake 04:50 03:43 76 89
March 04:51 04:45 97 114
nina s 04:51 05:45 118 138
andy 04:52 04:30 92 108
MossDef 04:54 03:49 77 90
Johninterred 04:54 05:05 103 121
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:55 03:55 79 92
denislaw 04:58 03:43 74 87
Eddddddd 05:03 04:19 85 100
Mark Three 05:03 02:13 43 50
Paul Bacon 05:04 04:02 79 92
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:09 05:30 106 124
neilr neilr 05:16 05:31 104 122
Penfold_61 05:17 05:07 96 112
ChuckB 05:19 04:34 85 100
Tibthorpe 05:19 03:59 74 87
Ease This Jam 05:20 03:14 60 70
daulbs 05:22 03:36 67 78
fshephe 05:25 05:02 92 108
esmeralda 05:28 07:06 129 151
mw7000 05:31 04:55 89 104
KET 05:32 03:55 70 82
Paul Hammond Paul Hammond 05:33 05:09 92 108
fishernick79 05:43 04:19 75 88
Finzi 05:45 06:27 112 131
cath23 05:48 04:42 81 95
McBeak McBeak 05:50 05:46 98 115
Rosron 05:52 05:39 96 112
Blackbeard 05:53 04:23 74 87
Looch 05:53 04:46 81 95
Dzhigit 05:53 07:41 130 152
Freemers 05:56 04:05 68 80
GeorgeTz 05:57 06:10 103 121
mcrossib1 05:57 06:12 104 122
cmcnsmith 05:58 06:36 110 129
MrChumley MrChumley 05:59 06:12 103 121
DunPangolin 06:01 06:54 114 134
RobR RobR 06:03 04:41 77 90
Crossiant 06:03 05:25 89 104
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 06:06 07:35 124 145
GMcD 06:09 06:08 99 116
PGooden 06:12 07:33 121 142
ilan 06:14 05:40 90 105
jimwetzler 06:17 07:23 117 137
JMbrow29 06:25 04:38 72 84
Curarist 06:25 06:28 100 117
LuckOfLucien 06:29 04:44 73 85
julian_w 06:30 06:06 93 109
paul.whitehouse69 06:31 05:16 80 94
KenD51 06:32 06:59 106 124
hopkinb hopkinb 06:37 05:07 77 90
uvofiz 06:39 05:02 75 88
robinh 06:41 05:41 85 100
Viscomte 06:45 05:15 77 90
James P 06:48 05:36 82 96
earlylight 06:55 06:07 88 103
Nangle 06:56 09:03 130 152
SlumdogEngineer 06:56 06:22 91 107
Mike Harper Mike Harper 07:03 06:57 98 115
Puzzleplease 07:07 07:26 104 122
valerian1967 07:08 06:54 96 112
Dvynys Dvynys 07:08 06:18 88 103
Riche Riche 07:09 05:38 78 91
endafk 07:16 05:39 77 90
John Arnold 07:23 07:56 107 125
martinede 07:26 07:00 94 110
ChrisBrea 07:34 07:22 97 114
Corymbia Corymbia 07:43 07:33 97 114
gsriordan52 07:47 06:54 88 103
jaraab 07:51 07:46 98 115
bobanann 07:55 05:07 64 75
m5harp 08:04 09:25 116 136
barracuda barracuda 08:04 06:39 82 96
plett11 Plett11 08:10 09:42 118 138
ulaca ulaca 08:11 07:23 90 105
mattindoha 08:13 05:50 70 82
johndun John Dunleavy 08:14 07:56 96 112
dec 08:18 05:33 66 77
Templar Redux Templar 08:19 07:17 87 102
Yatton50 08:27 04:33 53 62
crosswordian 08:27 06:08 72 84
Desdeeloeste Desdeeloeste 08:30 07:59 93 109
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:31 06:26 75 88
vefatica vefatica 08:39 10:25 120 141
goblin 08:44 06:30 74 87
nigelmzzz 08:46 05:02 57 67
Zabadak3 Zabadak 08:59 08:31 94 110
vinyl12345 vinyl1 09:02 08:27 93 109
CoxBurglar 09:07 09:49 107 125
Dofray 09:16 15:49 170 200
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:22 08:42 92 108
Pauline Minter 09:53 06:43 67 78
BertieVII 10:03 09:29 94 110
Pendrov 10:18 12:34 122 143
Jeeves 10:35 07:59 75 88
Rhys 10:45 08:08 75 88
Birdingbob 10:50 14:18 132 155
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 11:02 20:29 185 217
jackk.larg 11:03 09:45 88 103
suethepotterer 11:07 09:04 81 95
Rozz 11:10 17:30 156 183
alistair.boere 11:30 09:24 81 95
paul.verney 11:37 09:57 85 100
hipponym 11:51 16:58 143 168
youngbaz 11:54 12:35 105 123
simjt simjt 12:02 06:47 56 65
starstruck starstruck_au 12:03 10:38 88 103
tyrotim tyrotim 12:12 08:32 69 81
flashman flashman 12:13 10:43 87 102
phcbarnes 12:14 10:57 89 104
phmfantom 13:37 08:27 62 72
pfalloon 13:58 19:57 142 167
ezoredfox 14:19 10:10 71 83
Mendes 15:44 10:28 66 77
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:24 16:47 102 120
I like cheese 16:29 08:53 53 62
140 Mandak 262 Jamuna 16:35 14:16 86 101
Winchelt618 16:59 11:39 68 80
garethclwilson 17:05 21:01 123 144
Holly O 18:34 11:42 63 74
lazydays 19:44 21:26 108 127
maryht 19:45 14:01 70 82
intentional rounding 20:46 10:17 49 57
Hazelnut 21:40 22:38 104 122
mcfarl 39:19 27:47 70 82

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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