Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27509

Date 15 November 2019
Number 27509
Day of week Friday
NITCH 143
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 13
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27509

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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 07:19 119 83
Jason 07:19 13:59 191 133
verlaine verlaine 07:39 06:37 86 60
mistigris 08:16 11:17 136 95
Midas 09:33 09:17 97 67
hilarym 09:40 12:17 127 88
robertL 09:47 18:46 191 133
AlanS 09:58 24:28 245 171
asaldanha 10:10 07:27 73 51
chindit 10:29 16:57 161 112
Derek Harrison 10:46 17:31 162 113
chriswords 11:26 20:17 177 123
lickert 12:17 24:19 197 137
Tom Stubbs 12:27 14:09 113 79
Kinghedger 12:47 13:23 104 72
jimpen 13:06 12:52 98 68
Spur58 13:16 15:05 113 79
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 15:41 115 80
p.wild 13:43 13:06 95 66
fshephe 13:53 18:33 133 93
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 16:41 118 82
neilr 14:06 18:57 134 93
Silva 14:09 19:31 137 95
Sheapey 14:20 21:45 151 105
Stavros 14:48 26:18 177 123
Tibthorpe 14:57 31:59 213 148
margaretl 15:29 17:47 114 79
HenryBW 15:37 26:54 172 120
cyrillic 15:53 23:56 150 104
Sue Sweeper 16:15 39:11 241 168
KenG 16:43 28:04 167 116
Golvellius 17:52 43:29 243 169
RobR robrolfe 17:57 34:46 193 134
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 29:54 163 113
robinh 18:19 21:50 119 83
fuzz 18:39 18:53 101 70
LouWeed 18:54 19:26 102 71
Craven 19:19 26:04 134 93
tapbarker 19:24 24:59 128 89
Squallaby 19:27 21:54 112 78
PHC 19:47 50:40 256 179
Looch 20:39 35:59 174 121
barracuda 21:16 28:04 131 91
poskir 21:28 21:42 101 70
mcjwright 21:34 24:26 113 79
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 24:08 111 77
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 36:17 166 116
gbestanley 22:14 23:06 103 72
Zander 22:32 12:04 53 37
cath23 22:36 48:32 214 149
Solver52 22:53 29:35 129 90
colin2355 23:32 29:20 124 86
hugh.schofield 24:02 47:01 195 136
zythum 26:05 42:31 163 113
goblin 26:27 27:13 102 71
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 48:08 181 126
fudgiebates 27:10 25:50 95 66
diogenes 27:27 41:14 150 104
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 36:48 131 91
William M 28:27 56:59 200 139
alwsn8 29:29 64:19 218 152
James P special_bitter 30:33 70:55 232 162
Paul H. Dear 30:55 43:41 141 98
bobbb 31:22 40:50 130 90
nekabue 31:31 42:58 136 95
HanS 31:48 38:18 120 83
Agsurfer 32:38 29:13 89 62
Semillon 32:42 59:25 181 126
Big Nug 33:27 58:28 174 121
Mkgnao 33:33 44:51 133 93
Jeeves 33:44 37:40 111 77
koro 33:55 64:34 190 132
SwissWavey 34:17 46:59 137 95
Crippens1 34:54 78:17 224 156
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 51:44 145 101
1234 36:37 52:44 144 100
Tudds 37:21 46:53 125 87
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 60:38 159 111
empty 40:40 42:47 105 73
Curarist curarist 40:43 107:12 263 183
Gussie 40:45 57:34 141 98
Nangle 40:46 83:05 203 141
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 56:41 137 95
Maggot 41:59 88:19 210 146
Scottie 44:05 89:52 203 141
SK42 44:33 61:25 137 95
MartinP martinp1 45:24 79:29 175 122
symbenall2 48:46 43:55 90 62
kennethk 57:35 73:11 127 88

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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