Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27500

Date 05 November 2019
Number 27500
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 133
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 17
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27500

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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
Eamon Ryan 06:52 10:29 152 114
Jason 07:19 09:53 135 101
verlaine verlaine 07:39 12:14 159 119
mistigris 08:16 13:49 167 125
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 10:03 115 86
Midas 09:33 12:19 128 96
AlanS 09:58 18:54 189 142
chindit 10:29 16:10 154 115
Derek Harrison 10:46 15:46 146 109
glheard glheard 11:49 17:37 149 112
lickert 12:17 12:35 102 76
Tom Stubbs 12:27 20:06 161 121
p.wild 13:43 16:11 117 87
fshephe 13:53 16:57 122 91
SimonAnthony 14:02 22:11 158 118
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 18:48 133 100
neilr 14:06 23:41 167 125
Silva 14:09 17:37 124 93
Tibthorpe 14:57 20:09 134 100
Malcj malcj 15:39 18:10 116 87
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 17:25 110 82
cyrillic 15:53 26:37 167 125
Sue Sweeper 16:15 26:21 162 121
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 24:35 148 111
phthisis 16:41 25:13 151 113
KenG 16:43 16:14 97 72
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 23:49 130 97
robinh 18:19 25:20 138 103
fuzz 18:39 25:07 134 100
rupe 18:47 22:21 118 88
GMcD 18:53 27:37 146 109
LuckOfLucien 19:11 25:28 132 99
Craven 19:19 24:11 125 93
tapbarker 19:24 22:18 114 85
KET 20:00 45:40 228 171
grape 20:04 26:58 134 100
annelambirth 20:15 27:53 137 103
Looch 20:39 24:59 120 90
barracuda 21:16 24:51 116 87
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 22:06 103 77
andrewlake 21:28 23:58 111 83
mcjwright 21:34 24:40 114 85
sampson 22:07 25:33 115 86
gbestanley 22:14 24:12 108 81
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 31:02 139 104
Solver52 22:53 27:08 118 88
brian.mcnamara 23:06 41:41 180 135
hugh.schofield 24:02 62:59 262 196
george.garlick 24:04 27:58 116 87
frost 25:19 42:06 166 124
tonym 25:36 43:06 168 126
zythum 26:05 46:59 180 135
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 57:44 217 163
Chadwick 26:40 39:14 147 110
fudgiebates 27:10 42:18 155 116
diogenes 27:27 32:09 117 87
endafk 28:29 37:27 131 98
alwsn8 29:29 34:06 115 86
James P special_bitter 30:33 56:54 186 139
HanS 31:48 29:05 91 68
Agsurfer 32:38 59:20 181 136
Semillon 32:42 45:29 139 104
Big Nug 33:27 96:46 289 217
Jeeves 33:44 44:17 131 98
koro 33:55 50:52 149 112
Glyndwr 34:27 51:38 149 112
Crippens1 34:54 55:36 159 119
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 63:05 177 133
1234 36:37 37:26 102 76
MrGrumpy 36:51 50:49 137 103
Tudds 37:21 41:44 111 83
empty 40:40 44:19 108 81
Gussie 40:45 52:55 129 96
Nangle 40:46 51:23 126 94
6098mr 41:05 35:52 87 65
Archie 43:20 51:20 118 88
SK42 44:33 59:55 134 100
MrChumley mrchumley 45:16 58:36 129 96
FrameShift 47:42 73:06 153 115
symbenall2 48:46 39:49 81 60
Masha 49:35 43:11 87 65
andrewmr 50:55 65:52 129 96
kjbr 51:15 82:03 160 120

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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