Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27505

Date 11 November 2019
Number 27505
Day of week Monday
NITCH 68
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27505

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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
robertsonjon 06:24 02:09 33 48
Eamon Ryan 06:52 05:26 79 116
Jason 07:19 04:24 60 88
verlaine verlaine 07:39 03:24 44 64
mistigris 08:16 06:55 83 122
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 09:06 104 152
Midas 09:33 07:15 75 110
hilarym 09:40 06:38 68 100
boulemiche 09:43 07:32 77 113
robertL 09:47 07:07 72 105
AlanS 09:58 10:47 108 158
asaldanha 10:10 06:34 64 94
chindit 10:29 06:34 62 91
Paul Gilbert 10:52 04:51 44 64
chriswords 11:26 08:07 70 102
glheard glheard 11:49 09:13 77 113
tiggis 12:03 09:13 76 111
lickert 12:17 07:30 61 89
Tom Stubbs 12:27 09:14 74 108
jimpen 13:06 09:40 73 107
Spur58 13:16 14:33 109 160
p.wild 13:43 10:04 73 107
fshephe 13:53 10:23 74 108
SimonAnthony 14:02 07:38 54 79
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 11:27 81 119
John Walsh 14:05 14:03 99 145
neilr 14:06 10:33 74 108
Silva 14:09 11:27 80 117
Sheapey 14:20 10:26 72 105
aphasic 14:32 09:52 67 98
Groucho 14:35 13:25 92 135
Ben Staveley 14:45 14:51 100 147
Stavros 14:48 15:27 104 152
Tibthorpe 14:57 08:03 53 77
thebarnets 15:10 03:16 21 30
Big Mick 15:18 12:30 81 119
tunflog 15:26 16:16 105 154
HenryBW 15:37 12:18 78 114
Malcj malcj 15:39 14:39 93 136
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 12:08 77 113
cyrillic 15:53 08:29 53 77
Sue Sweeper 16:15 10:17 63 92
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 14:07 85 125
phthisis 16:41 14:13 85 125
Golvellius 17:52 14:36 81 119
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 11:59 66 97
RobR robrolfe 17:57 15:17 85 125
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 12:03 65 95
robinh 18:19 11:01 60 88
fuzz 18:39 12:08 65 95
rupe 18:47 11:44 62 91
GMcD 18:53 13:03 69 101
LouWeed 18:54 16:42 88 129
tapbarker 19:24 19:19 99 145
Squallaby 19:27 11:31 59 86
grape 20:04 12:57 64 94
annelambirth 20:15 12:44 62 91
Looch 20:39 17:13 83 122
barracuda 21:16 13:59 65 95
jimwetzler 21:17 22:46 106 155
andrewlake 21:28 12:39 58 85
poskir 21:28 48:09 224 329
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 13:46 63 92
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 12:20 56 82
sampson 22:07 20:36 93 136
gbestanley 22:14 15:09 68 100
benedick 22:18 16:53 75 110
John Arnold 22:29 19:22 86 126
cath23 22:36 13:10 58 85
Solver52 22:53 15:30 67 98
Pootle pootle73 23:20 18:52 80 117
jaraab 23:24 14:37 62 91
colin2355 23:32 16:24 69 101
george.garlick 24:04 22:45 94 138
Speedcop2 24:22 17:22 71 104
tonym 25:36 16:48 65 95
zythum 26:05 20:08 77 113
Dzhigit 26:06 19:14 73 107
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 19:42 75 110
goblin 26:27 17:45 67 98
Chadwick 26:40 17:10 64 94
dec 26:43 20:08 75 110
timbo 26:48 20:03 74 108
fudgiebates 27:10 13:13 48 70
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 26:00 93 136
Manveru 28:11 22:20 79 116
endafk 28:29 23:28 82 120
Peter Sykes 28:40 17:57 62 91
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 12:15 42 61
Jagsfan1971 29:16 13:56 47 69
alwsn8 29:29 18:13 61 89
iagmathewson 29:37 18:50 63 92
nekabue 31:31 17:14 54 79
HanS 31:48 25:22 79 116
Agsurfer 32:38 27:34 84 123
ulaca ulaca 32:40 20:53 63 92
Semillon 32:42 18:55 57 83
Big Nug 33:27 13:01 38 55
Mkgnao 33:33 21:31 64 94
stainl665 33:55 22:03 65 95
koro 33:55 25:26 74 108
auntie noele 33:59 33:59 100 147
Glyndwr 34:27 28:13 81 119
Crippens1 34:54 30:09 86 126
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 19:59 56 82
1234 36:37 20:48 56 82
Tudds 37:21 22:51 61 89
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 33:40 88 129
empty 40:40 27:16 67 98
Curarist curarist 40:43 32:47 80 117
Gussie 40:45 21:24 52 76
Pleasuredome 41:06 23:09 56 82
Dandy 43:31 46:48 107 157
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 61:49 140 205
Ronnie 44:20 30:34 68 100
MartinP martinp1 45:24 25:27 56 82
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 41:43 87 127
FrameShift 47:42 34:58 73 107
symbenall2 48:46 35:30 72 105
Masha 49:35 36:36 73 107
kjbr 51:15 50:46 99 145
peebee1945 56:52 44:25 78 114

A guide to the solver status

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 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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