Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27499

Date 04 November 2019
Number 27499
Day of week Monday
NITCH 105
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
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Times for the Times Link 27499

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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 06:09 100 95
robertsonjon 06:24 04:03 63 60
Eamon Ryan 06:52 07:15 105 100
Jason 07:19 07:17 99 94
verlaine verlaine 07:39 08:53 116 110
mistigris 08:16 08:44 105 100
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 12:41 145 138
Midas 09:33 09:37 100 95
richard 09:35 13:31 141 134
hilarym 09:40 12:17 127 120
robertL 09:47 15:58 163 155
AlanS 09:58 11:55 119 113
chindit 10:29 17:14 164 156
chriswords 11:26 14:21 125 119
glheard glheard 11:49 11:54 100 95
lickert 12:17 11:24 92 87
Tom Stubbs 12:27 18:30 148 140
jimpen 13:06 16:50 128 121
Spur58 13:16 16:06 121 115
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 09:57 73 69
p.wild 13:43 13:00 94 89
noidea 13:43 15:56 116 110
fshephe 13:53 12:18 88 83
SimonAnthony 14:02 12:35 89 84
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 15:02 106 100
neilr 14:06 14:48 104 99
Silva 14:09 15:45 111 105
Sheapey 14:20 13:40 95 90
andy 14:24 18:53 131 124
Groucho 14:35 17:55 122 116
Ben Staveley 14:45 11:25 77 73
Stavros 14:48 10:34 71 67
Tibthorpe 14:57 18:38 124 118
thebarnets 15:10 16:49 110 104
HenryBW 15:37 12:39 81 77
Malcj malcj 15:39 14:51 94 89
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 20:54 132 125
cyrillic 15:53 14:25 90 85
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 19:33 118 112
phthisis 16:41 15:35 93 88
Carol 17:36 21:42 123 117
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 19:42 110 104
RobR robrolfe 17:57 24:21 135 128
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 20:57 114 108
robinh 18:19 20:15 110 104
rupe 18:47 16:14 86 81
GMcD 18:53 19:38 103 98
LouWeed 18:54 20:37 109 103
LuckOfLucien 19:11 20:51 108 102
Craven 19:19 25:11 130 123
tapbarker 19:24 15:21 79 75
Squallaby 19:27 12:34 64 60
Looch 20:39 19:56 96 91
barracuda 21:16 25:41 120 114
jimwetzler 21:17 26:28 124 118
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 19:35 91 86
poskir 21:28 22:55 106 100
andrewlake 21:28 23:08 107 101
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 19:18 89 84
pterodactyl 22:00 28:07 127 120
sampson 22:07 33:16 150 142
gbestanley 22:14 18:07 81 77
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 32:02 143 136
Solver52 22:53 23:59 104 99
Anna Lancefield 23:05 16:39 72 68
puzzled1 23:07 34:09 147 140
Pootle pootle73 23:20 15:25 66 62
jaraab 23:24 29:13 124 118
colin2355 23:32 20:47 88 83
hugh.schofield 24:02 36:51 153 145
george.garlick 24:04 25:12 104 99
Speedcop2 24:22 44:32 182 173
tonym 25:36 30:02 117 111
zythum 26:05 34:36 132 125
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 25:20 96 91
goblin 26:27 28:36 108 102
Yatton50 26:39 17:19 64 60
Chadwick 26:40 23:50 89 84
dec 26:43 28:41 107 101
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 37:23 134 127
Manveru 28:11 29:26 104 99
William M 28:27 27:15 95 90
jdavidliddell 29:03 36:58 127 120
alwsn8 29:29 24:48 84 80
Clovis 29:38 27:47 93 88
nekabue 31:31 27:05 85 80
HanS 31:48 36:46 115 109
ulaca ulaca 32:40 40:09 122 116
Semillon 32:42 33:48 103 98
Mkgnao 33:33 42:15 125 119
Jeeves 33:44 30:50 91 86
FelicityTT 33:47 30:56 91 86
koro 33:55 30:46 90 85
Glyndwr 34:27 32:51 95 90
maryht 36:34 35:11 96 91
1234 36:37 46:23 126 120
Tudds 37:21 23:26 62 59
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 36:29 95 90
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 48:32 122 116
empty 40:40 42:01 103 98
Curarist curarist 40:43 35:11 86 81
Nangle 40:46 27:23 67 63
6098mr 41:05 36:16 88 83
Archie 43:20 30:49 71 67
Dandy 43:31 66:08 151 143
SK42 44:33 36:50 82 78
MartinP martinp1 45:24 66:41 146 139
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 74:02 155 147
FrameShift 47:42 47:07 98 93
Masha 49:35 50:58 102 97

A guide to the solver status

Legend
 Reference solver used for SNITCH
 Other Reference solver
 Tracked solver

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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