The bold time is an official term for the highest time that has been achieved on any specific level, though not always the quickest possible time. If the bold time is known to be capable of improvement, the higher time is known as the Melinda time.
All the bolds are recorded by who collected them first, and then second, the latter of which is known as a confirmation. A bold held by only one player is known as unconfirmed. A partial confirm can occur when at the time of setting, the record was more than one second higher than any other reported time; this happens when someone is the second to break the previous record, but not confirming the full time. A 354 time when the record is 355 and the previous record was 353, with nobody else other than the 355 holder having recorded anything higher than 353, is a partial confirm.
By special agreement between two or more players, usually as a result of side-by-side work on the same record, a bold may be reported as joint, meaning credit is shared. On David Stolp's site, a joint bold is recorded if more than one player sets the same record within 30 seconds of each other, regardless of normal criteria for joint bold scores. A joint bold automatically counts as a confirmation, since two people have scored it. The earliest joint bold was set on April 11, 2002, as the bold on Zartacla.
On levels without a time limit, such as the 29 that are in Chip's Challenge 1 (but none in CCLP2), a separate time is kept aside from the official scoring that is counted as if the time limit were 999. This is often known as a T-Chip time, in reference to the Ruben Spaans program that automatically set all levels in a set to this time limit. Therefore, a T-Chip time for a level that took 645 seconds to complete would be 354.
Tile World automatically records the T-Chip time as it would any other time, but since there is no time displayed on the display, it is difficult to tell how much time it actually took. (Should an untimed level have a time limit added to it, or the time limit change, the time will automatically adjust itself to the new time limit.)
CC1 unconfirmed bold times, with time limit
- 436 - Blobnet, held by John Lewis. 434 had been held since January 2003 by Pekka Lassila; beginning in April 2009, Andrew Bennett developed the earliest advanced stages of the level's quick play and ran to confirm this time. 431 and 433 fell in quick succession, and on April 28, Andrew famously confirmed the 434 time with a .8, such that if his precautionary spring step in front of the exit had worked properly, a 435.0 time would have resulted. 435 was not duplicated until November 2, by which time the extensive work done, perhaps the most in-depth analysis of any level in the entire 447 contiguous, later allowed for John to extend the bold out to 436 (a time which in 2004 would have been unforseeable).
- 548 - Spooks, held by David Stolp. The previous record was 547, which stood for over 12 years.
- 443 - Block N Roll, held by Andrew Gapic. The previous record was 441.
- 717 - Cake Walk, also held by David Stolp. The previous record was 712.
CC1 unconfirmed bold times, originally untimed
- 513 - Writers Block, held by David Stolp. 512 is held by Warwick Anderson.
- 549 - Cityblock, held by David. Paul Gilbert holds a 546 partial confirm, although a 548 route exists in the Public TWS.
- 949 - Blobdance, held by John Lewis. 947 is held by Mike Lask; no partial confirms exist.
- 926 - Doublemaze, held by Larry Jackson. Andrew holds a 915 partial confirm.
CC1 Melinda times
- Main article: Melinda time#CC1 Melinda times
CC1 joint bolds
No CC1 joint bolds exist; the joint bold was introduced in April 2002 as noted above. Most CC1 records were taken at this time; out of the 652 CC1 records set in total to date, only 53 or 54 were set after the release of CCLP2, with only 15 of them on timed levels. One 618 score on Mind Block may or may not have been reported before CCLP2; its exact date is unknown. 
CCLP2 unconfirmed bold times
- 303 - Killer Rooms, held by David Stolp. 302 is held by Warwick Anderson.
- 353 - Lot of Danger, held by John Lewis. 352 is held by Anders Kaseorg.
- 130 - Jungle, held by David Stolp. 128 is held by David Stolp.
- 26 - Mads' Rush II, held by James Anderson. 25 was originally held by Ruben Spaans, set 11 days after CCLP2 was released. At some point, Andrew Bennett performed a derandomization run and proved 26 was doable with completely perfect luck (a 1/512 chance). However, it was not until June 23, 2009 that anyone actually performed this run on the stock version.
- 453 - Checkerboard I, held by David Stolp. 451 is held by Evan Dummit; there are no 452 partial confirms.
- 788 - Checkerboard II, held by David. John Lewis holds a 779 partial confirm.
- 113 - Escape from Chipkatraz, held by David. 112 is held by Pekka Lassila.
- 481 - Keep Trying, held by John Lewis. 480, 479 and 477 were held by Andrew Bennett; more details on the level's page.
- 789 - Cloner's Maze, held by David. 781 is held by Dale Bryan; there are no partial confirms.
CCLP2 Melinda times
- Main article: Melinda time#CCLP2 Melinda times
CCLP2 joint bolds
- 207 - Ladder Needs a Wash, by Evan Dummit and John Lewis.
- 277 - Madness II, by James Anderson and Andrew Bennett.
- 298 - The Search for the Exit, by John Lewis and Andrew Bennett.
- 388 - Warehouse I, by Warwick Anderson and Larry Jackson.
- 459 - Abandoned Mines, by David Stolp and Anders Kaseorg.
- 392 - Island Hopping, by Larry Jackson, Paul Jackson (unrelated), and Mike L.
- 241 - Time Bomb, by Warwick and David.
- 402 - Zartacla, by Paul Jackson and David.
- 373 - Frostbite, by Anders and David.
- 598 - Oracle II, by Warwick and Dale Bryan.
- 518 - Chomper Romp, by Warwick, Dale, and Larry Jackson.
- 458 - Gauntlet, by Dale and David Stolp.
- 317 - Run-a-Muck, by David and Dale.
- 548 - Neptune, by Anders Kaseorg and Dale.
- 408 - Key Color, by Paul Jackson, Larry Jackson, and Warwick Anderson.