Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27506

Date 12 November 2019
Number 27506
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 82
Count of ref solvers 58
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27506

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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 04:49 70 85
Jason 07:19 05:56 81 98
verlaine verlaine 07:39 07:03 92 112
mistigris 08:16 06:56 83 101
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 08:46 100 121
Midas 09:33 08:12 85 103
richard 09:35 08:52 92 112
hilarym 09:40 05:44 59 71
robertL 09:47 09:53 101 123
AlanS 09:58 10:22 104 126
chindit 10:29 08:02 76 92
Paul Gilbert 10:52 06:30 59 71
chriswords 11:26 09:36 83 101
tiggis 12:03 11:55 98 119
lickert 12:17 09:23 76 92
Tom Stubbs 12:27 10:04 80 97
Spur58 13:16 12:06 91 110
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 15:34 114 139
p.wild 13:43 10:03 73 89
fshephe 13:53 10:51 78 95
SimonAnthony 14:02 11:41 83 101
John Walsh 14:05 13:41 97 118
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 09:33 67 81
neilr 14:06 10:15 72 87
Silva 14:09 13:28 95 115
Sheapey 14:20 11:21 79 96
aphasic 14:32 12:00 82 100
Groucho 14:35 11:56 81 98
Ben Staveley 14:45 17:29 118 143
Stavros 14:48 10:53 73 89
Tibthorpe 14:57 08:36 57 69
tunflog 15:26 17:39 114 139
Malcj malcj 15:39 13:12 84 102
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 19:40 125 152
cyrillic 15:53 11:55 75 91
Spanna 16:31 15:23 93 113
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 16:18 98 119
phthisis 16:41 12:17 73 89
KenG 16:43 14:45 88 107
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 15:53 88 107
RobR robrolfe 17:57 13:01 72 87
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 14:02 76 92
robinh 18:19 15:56 86 104
JezWoolfrey 18:30 18:50 101 123
fuzz 18:39 27:10 145 176
rupe 18:47 16:18 86 104
GMcD 18:53 21:05 111 135
LouWeed 18:54 21:44 114 139
Craven 19:19 18:38 96 117
tapbarker 19:24 15:56 82 100
Squallaby 19:27 17:06 87 106
PHC 19:47 19:02 96 117
annelambirth 20:15 17:40 87 106
Looch 20:39 12:55 62 75
barracuda 21:16 17:27 82 100
andrewlake 21:28 25:42 119 145
poskir 21:28 17:06 79 96
mcjwright 21:34 21:51 101 123
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 21:55 101 123
sampson 22:07 18:34 83 101
gbestanley 22:14 14:17 64 78
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 25:54 116 141
John Arnold 22:29 16:09 71 86
cath23 22:36 21:39 95 115
Solver52 22:53 19:13 83 101
brian.mcnamara 23:06 20:25 88 107
puzzled1 23:07 28:12 121 147
Pootle pootle73 23:20 18:01 77 93
colin2355 23:32 14:52 63 76
hugh.schofield 24:02 19:02 79 96
george.garlick 24:04 20:15 84 102
tonym 25:36 23:00 89 108
Bert Dove 25:56 28:15 108 131
goblin 26:27 24:06 91 110
Yatton50 26:39 29:57 112 136
Chadwick 26:40 16:08 60 73
dec 26:43 25:46 96 117
timbo 26:48 20:16 75 91
GeorgeTz 27:06 32:08 118 143
diogenes 27:27 31:21 114 139
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 29:03 104 126
Manveru 28:11 29:58 106 129
endafk 28:29 23:27 82 100
Peter Sykes 28:40 27:13 94 114
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 31:23 108 131
alwsn8 29:29 35:36 120 146
iagmathewson 29:37 27:57 94 114
James P special_bitter 30:33 31:01 101 123
Paul H. Dear 30:55 18:01 58 70
nekabue 31:31 22:13 70 85
HanS 31:48 25:27 80 97
ulaca ulaca 32:40 23:55 73 89
Semillon 32:42 25:58 79 96
Big Nug 33:27 35:56 107 130
Mkgnao 33:33 23:44 70 85
FelicityTT 33:47 24:15 71 86
koro 33:55 28:14 83 101
joss henry 33:57 38:13 112 136
Crippens1 34:54 30:54 88 107
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 38:30 108 131
maryht 36:34 33:09 90 109
1234 36:37 34:30 94 114
Tudds 37:21 43:59 117 142
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 50:42 127 154
empty 40:40 32:32 80 97
Curarist curarist 40:43 33:37 82 100
Gussie 40:45 31:39 77 93
Paulypops 40:53 32:06 78 95
6098mr 41:05 36:07 87 106
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 19:18 46 56
Dandy 43:31 34:51 80 97
Ronnie 44:20 38:40 87 106
SK42 44:33 42:01 94 114
MartinP martinp1 45:24 45:35 100 121
FrameShift 47:42 71:08 149 181
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 48:46 102 124
symbenall2 48:46 44:56 92 112
kjbr 51:15 62:32 122 148

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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