Quick SNITCH

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

Times Quick Cryptic Crossword 2539

Date 01 December 2023
Number 2539
Setter Rongo
Day of week Friday
NITCH 113
Count of ref solvers 72
Ref solvers excluded with errors 1
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 2539

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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 03:08 146 129
Paul Gilbert 02:30 02:23 95 84
mauefw 02:41 03:08 116 102
cmjhutton 02:43 02:16 83 73
hilarym 02:44 02:33 93 82
aphis99 aphis99 02:48 02:34 91 80
Flimmy flammy 03:04 05:09 167 147
richard 03:36 04:30 125 110
markdobell 03:39 04:24 120 106
Heyesey 03:40 04:40 127 112
Topical Tim Topical Tim 03:45 03:04 81 71
Kinghedger 04:00 06:02 150 132
lickert 04:07 05:01 121 107
Strober 04:10 04:38 111 98
chindit 04:13 05:20 126 111
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 04:13 07:00 166 146
Roscoe 04:22 04:11 95 84
MikeOsborne 04:26 04:16 96 84
tiggis 04:29 05:03 112 99
lucyg43484 04:29 05:02 112 99
AlanS 04:29 05:07 114 100
trux 04:31 04:45 105 92
tilbee 04:31 06:22 140 123
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 04:31 04:59 110 97
Umpire 04:35 05:08 112 99
PaulCooke 04:36 04:55 106 93
alexh 04:41 04:31 96 84
MK76 04:42 05:50 124 109
Liari 04:44 04:53 103 91
Jim Willis 04:45 05:18 111 98
Ed freshpot 04:48 04:50 100 88
andrewlake 04:50 04:32 93 82
LouWeed LouWeed 04:50 11:02 228 201
March 04:51 06:14 128 113
nina s 04:51 06:48 140 123
andy 04:52 06:04 124 109
MossDef 04:54 07:12 146 129
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 04:55 06:32 132 116
denislaw 04:58 04:25 88 77
Zander 05:03 06:47 134 118
Eddddddd 05:03 07:03 139 123
Mark Three 05:03 02:25 47 41
7dPenguin 7dPenguin 05:09 05:30 106 93
Squallaby 05:15 07:28 142 125
neilr neilr 05:16 05:59 113 100
ChuckB 05:19 05:48 109 96
Tibthorpe 05:19 07:46 146 129
Ease This Jam 05:20 05:08 96 84
daulbs 05:22 06:43 125 110
fshephe 05:25 07:11 132 116
esmeralda 05:28 07:28 136 120
mw7000 05:31 10:48 195 172
fishernick79 05:43 06:17 109 96
Finzi 05:45 05:24 93 82
cath23 05:48 04:23 75 66
McBeak McBeak 05:50 06:02 103 91
Blackbeard 05:53 09:20 158 139
Looch 05:53 06:39 113 100
Freemers 05:56 08:32 143 126
mcrossib1 05:57 07:30 126 111
DunPangolin 06:01 05:02 83 73
Tudds 06:01 06:38 110 97
Shabbo 06:01 06:37 109 96
RobR RobR 06:03 09:04 149 131
GMcD 06:09 08:03 130 115
ilan 06:14 06:46 108 95
Aloysius 06:24 06:07 95 84
Curarist 06:25 07:25 115 101
LuckOfLucien 06:29 06:42 103 91
hopkinb hopkinb 06:37 08:39 130 115
robinh 06:41 08:04 120 106
James P 06:48 08:48 129 114
jon 06:50 09:53 144 127
earlylight 06:55 08:33 123 108
SlumdogEngineer 06:56 06:22 91 80
jjspomeroy 07:00 09:44 139 123
timbo 07:05 10:59 155 137
Dan W 07:06 06:35 92 81
Puzzleplease 07:07 08:37 121 107
1234 07:09 09:04 126 111
Riche Riche 07:09 09:01 126 111
endafk 07:16 17:26 239 211
John Arnold 07:23 12:11 165 146
ChrisBrea 07:34 11:41 154 136
Pxspxs 07:41 08:19 108 95
Corymbia Corymbia 07:43 11:07 144 127
gsriordan52 07:47 08:07 104 92
kath 08:03 07:48 96 84
barracuda barracuda 08:04 09:50 121 107
m5harp 08:04 08:18 102 90
raincloud 08:05 12:28 154 136
TomHerbert 08:08 09:28 116 102
plett11 Plett11 08:10 10:33 129 114
ulaca ulaca 08:11 10:19 126 111
mattindoha 08:13 08:45 106 93
johndun John Dunleavy 08:14 08:22 101 89
TonyN6 08:16 07:28 90 79
dec 08:18 09:19 112 99
Templar Redux Templar 08:19 07:45 93 82
luxtonj61 08:21 13:13 158 139
crosswordian 08:27 09:01 106 93
Deezzaa Deezzaa 08:31 16:39 195 172
richardCV22 08:34 13:21 155 137
Sheen 08:34 12:21 144 127
vefatica vefatica 08:39 08:21 96 84
OldSolver 08:42 07:51 90 79
goblin 08:44 10:56 125 110
nigelmzzz 08:46 09:56 113 100
john.brassey 08:54 11:36 130 115
BletchleyReject 08:57 12:00 134 118
Zabadak3 Zabadak 08:59 12:20 137 121
CoxBurglar 09:07 09:39 105 92
Nigel1953 09:11 09:15 100 88
Mkgnao Mkgnao 09:22 10:41 114 100
Doyler 09:26 09:03 95 84
JeffHobbs 09:49 16:33 168 148
iholloway 09:57 11:12 112 99
BertieVII 10:03 21:53 217 192
edwards.robert1 10:10 09:35 94 83
alex.scordellis 10:31 12:52 122 107
Jeeves 10:35 11:50 111 98
Birdingbob 10:50 10:26 96 84
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 11:02 11:43 106 93
suethepotterer 11:07 12:33 112 99
alistair.boere 11:30 09:08 79 69
mpbthorpe 11:41 11:32 98 86
hipponym 11:51 21:11 178 157
youngbaz 11:54 11:58 100 88
simjt simjt 12:02 12:12 101 89
starstruck starstruck_au 12:03 09:13 76 67
tyrotim tyrotim 12:12 13:50 113 100
home.bright 12:16 16:20 133 117
Troothful 12:42 10:39 83 73
Sonofjim 13:32 20:06 148 130
Nuck_the_king 13:43 12:51 93 82
pfalloon 13:58 17:49 127 112
greta 14:58 13:09 87 76
rlowin2 16:11 19:47 122 107
Doofenschmirtz Doofenschmirtz 16:24 18:45 114 100
Masha 16:33 14:32 87 76
Mozbo 16:47 19:07 113 100
TonyK 19:27 23:48 122 107
lazydays 19:44 66:18 335 296
maryht 19:45 16:20 82 72
david.14587 20:10 17:44 87 76
intentional rounding 20:46 22:26 108 95
Ajay 28:01 32:29 115 101
mcfarl 39:19 45:12 114 100

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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