Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27497

Date 01 November 2019
Number 27497
Day of week Friday
NITCH 116
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27497

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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
Magoo 06:08 09:29 154 132
Jason 07:19 06:10 84 72
verlaine verlaine 07:39 09:02 118 101
mistigris 08:16 10:00 120 103
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 05:37 64 55
richard 09:35 14:04 146 125
hilarym 09:40 13:03 135 116
robertL 09:47 10:12 104 89
AlanS 09:58 20:40 207 178
asaldanha 10:10 13:09 129 111
chindit 10:29 12:09 115 99
Derek Harrison 10:46 13:36 126 108
Paul Gilbert 10:52 08:39 79 68
chriswords 11:26 12:48 111 95
glheard glheard 11:49 12:08 102 87
lickert 12:17 13:31 110 94
Tom Stubbs 12:27 20:56 168 144
Kinghedger 12:47 16:53 132 113
jimpen 13:06 12:02 91 78
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 14:38 107 92
p.wild 13:43 14:57 108 93
fshephe 13:53 16:04 115 99
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 18:33 131 112
neilr 14:06 14:12 100 86
Silva 14:09 15:52 112 96
Sheapey 14:20 15:57 111 95
aphasic 14:32 24:27 168 144
Groucho 14:35 15:56 109 93
Ben Staveley 14:45 26:47 181 156
Stavros 14:48 16:45 113 97
Tibthorpe 14:57 17:24 116 100
tunflog 15:26 18:26 119 102
HenryBW 15:37 19:19 123 106
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 20:34 130 112
cyrillic 15:53 17:42 111 95
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 15:23 93 80
phthisis 16:41 18:33 111 95
KenG 16:43 35:26 211 181
Golvellius 17:52 19:08 107 92
RobR robrolfe 17:57 14:55 83 71
robinh 18:19 19:50 108 93
GMcD 18:53 24:02 127 109
LouWeed 18:54 24:49 131 112
LuckOfLucien 19:11 16:15 84 72
Craven 19:19 22:00 113 97
tapbarker 19:24 21:10 109 93
Looch 20:39 27:38 133 114
barracuda 21:16 28:00 131 112
poskir 21:28 22:03 102 87
andrewlake 21:28 28:36 133 114
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 19:33 90 77
pterodactyl 22:00 19:44 89 76
sampson 22:07 31:01 140 120
gbestanley 22:14 19:47 88 75
benedick 22:18 33:26 149 128
John Arnold 22:29 31:31 140 120
Solver52 22:53 24:11 105 90
puzzled1 23:07 36:40 158 136
Pootle pootle73 23:20 32:59 141 121
jaraab 23:24 31:36 135 116
colin2355 23:32 34:54 148 127
pc8 26:05 38:29 147 126
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 23:28 89 76
goblin 26:27 36:49 139 119
Chadwick 26:40 37:23 140 120
dec 26:43 35:40 133 114
diogenes 27:27 24:47 90 77
William M 28:27 32:15 113 97
JoeyC 31:34 37:22 118 101
HanS 31:48 38:08 119 102
Valance 32:27 26:32 81 69
koro 33:55 32:50 96 82
stainl665 33:55 33:35 99 85
Crippens1 34:54 29:20 84 72
maryht 36:34 35:50 97 83
Tudds 37:21 27:55 74 63
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 14:49 38 32

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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